My Wish To Meet Her In Person Is No Longer Possible. Michelle Molinari

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Choosing a Rainer to boast about for this month's challenge, hosted by Richie Alan Naggar , was very easy for me. I knew instantly who I was going to write about.

What wasn't easy was how to do it. 

Most of you don't even know Michelle Molinari.  She has not been active in ActiveRain since 2012.  After she stopped blogging, I remained friends with Michelle via Facebook.

Last month while sitting with two of my grandsons, waiting to Skype with my mom, I picked up my phone for a quick peek into Facebook. My heart broke when I read the shocking news:


At some point on Monday January 13th 2020,

Michelle unexpectedly passed away.

She had organic heart disease and was coming down with a cold or flu.

Coupled with diabetes, it was more stress than her heart could handle.

She died in her sleep.


I couldn't fully process the information with the boys sitting next to me visiting my Mom via the iPad. My heart was broken and I couldn't react until the next day when the boys went home.




After reviewing many of Michelle's posts, writing and rewriting this post...

I decided to share one of my own posts rather than try to pick just one of hers to share.

My post, written in 2013, includes links to a few of Michelle's posts.


What ActiveRain Friend Would I Like To Meet In Person?  Michelle Molinari 


It is my hope that you will find the time to click the links and check out her blog. 

Michelle was an amazing Home Stager. She had a talent and skill unmatched in the field. 


I don't tow the party-line that every house needs staging, but I do wholeheartedly believe that every house going to market needs to consult a stager! "


Her knowledge of color was unbelievable. She once wrote in a blog post:

"I am practically a "savant"  when it comes to color. It gets lodged somewhere in my brain and there it sits, waiting to bust out and be useful to someone."


Over the years I've turned to her whenever I needed help choosing paint colors. She always had the answer for me.

When I asked her advice on painting a stone table last year, she actually took a 1 mile walk to a local cemetary to photograph some headstones for me...her way of illustrating the technique she suggested for my table.



I've been witness on facebook, each step along the way, as Michelle made new dreams come true.

In August of 2014 Michelle ended her home staging business and launched a new business based on her LOVE of The Walking Dead tv show.

Zombie Charm School is a mobile boutique spa serving the zombie community, using cinema-quality special effects makeup. Michelle actually created her own very realistic "blood" from scratch.

The business started out on the road, doing zombie make-overs, at zombie-centric events all over the USA....think horror face painting for Walking Dead fans.


She went from transforming homes to transforming humans.


Eventually, she ended up moving to Haralson, Georgia (where scenes from the show were shot) to work with Walkin' Dead her dream of transforming fans into very realistic walkers.

She got to meet many of the show's cast and crew.

Her artistic talent won her a contest to attend a Walking Dead Cruise.

Michelle didn't just dream...Michelle made her dreams come true.


Michelle not only impressed me, she made a lasting impression.

She inspired.

She entertained.


She loved and was loved by many.

She was a very special lady.

Today would have been her 51st birthday.


 Image by: Anita Ropele aka @smoking_reedus


It's amazing how much loss and grief you can feel when you lose a friend you have never even met in person.

My wish to someday meet her is no longer possible, but I am so grateful that I got to know her as I did via AR and fb.


Randy, the love of Michelle's life, continues to post on Michelle's facebook her.

It may sound macabre, but Michelle once said that when she dies she wants someone to keep up her fb page to freak people out. 

I have no doubt she is watching with a smile, getting a big kick out of Randy following her wishes.



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Laura Cerrano
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Debe Maxwell, CRS I know when I lose people, I feel a deep need to pay proper tribute.

Feb 17, 2020 09:06 PM #23
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

What a beautiful radiant smile she had! 51 years is just too young. SO very sorry for your loss. Funny how we can become attached to people we meet here in the rain. Your post was a lovely tribute to her and you. Thank you

Feb 18, 2020 12:49 AM #26
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That is a wonderful tribute Sharon Tara

Feb 18, 2020 05:04 AM #27
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Powerful tribute!  I am sorry for your loss of a friend.  The internet has changed how we interpret the word friend.  Some of my internet friends I have never met are very important in my life...and some folks I know really well...not so much.

Thank you so much for sharing. I think there are way more of these types of realtionships than any of us realize.  

Feb 18, 2020 06:03 AM #28
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
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I am so sorry about the loss of your friend. Active Rain has allowed many of us to develop some wonderful friendships. Some people we actually get to meet. Others not.

Although it is sad that she died, it is wonderful knowing that she lived and got to have fun working on the Zombie related stuff. Not everyone is courageous enough to follow their dreams and passions.

Feb 18, 2020 07:36 AM #30
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Sharon Tara This is a beautiful tribute and wonderful way to honor your special friend. Amazing how we can become so close to a person we haven't physically met. You are making Michelle very proud. Heaven will be a lot more colorful with her!

Feb 18, 2020 09:48 AM #33
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
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Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. It is hard to lose a good friend. and it is amazing how we become friends with folks here in the Rain. 

Feb 18, 2020 12:18 PM #34
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Very sweet story and very sad. Thank you for sharing it. I am sorry for your loss.

Feb 18, 2020 01:08 PM #35
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Sharon,

Very nice post. Sorry for the loss of your friend. She sounds like a lady who wasn't afraid to follow her dreams.

Feb 19, 2020 06:35 AM #38
Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Hi Sharon, that was a deeply moving tribute to your friend. I didn't just read your comments but many followers and virtual friends of hers. I'm so sorry for your loss. When we lose someone like her that is so special to our own hearts it does hurt deeply for that I'm so sorry.

Feb 19, 2020 08:52 AM #41
Peter Mohylsky, The Beach is closed but I am open.
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

I agree

I don't tow the party-line that every house needs staging, but I do wholeheartedly believe that every house going to market needs to consult a stager! "

Feb 19, 2020 03:21 PM #46
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA

That was tough.  May she rest in peace and may your heart find peace as well.

Feb 19, 2020 05:26 PM #47
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Your story choked me up Sharon. It is amazing the imprints made by those who we grow to care about. So many here have passed that cheered me up and made me laugh out loud. Michelle made every day of her life count and now her husband is doing the same!

Feb 19, 2020 05:38 PM #48
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS
HomeSmart International - Phoenix, AZ

Oh my goodness Sharon - I had no idea.  I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Michelle here in the rain but I sure wish I had.  It feels like I know her via you and that is a beautiful gift. Her spirit will continue to be an inspiration to many, many people.  Thank you for letting us know and introducing Michelle to us that didn't know her.

Feb 19, 2020 07:08 PM #49
Paula McDonald ~ GRI
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

How sad! We do become a family here. So sorry you were not able to meet her in person.

Feb 19, 2020 07:47 PM #50
Deb McGuire CNE, ABR, SRS
Keller Williams Capital Partners - Columbus, OH

Sharon, what a beautiful tribute!  She, and you, are an inspiration!

Feb 20, 2020 11:27 AM #51
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Quite a story!  I like that she continues to "freak people out" with her FB page.  You wrote a nice tribute to her.

Feb 20, 2020 05:43 PM #52
Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

What a wonderful tribute to Michelle. And for many of us, an introduction. So sorry you did not get to meet her in person.  

Feb 21, 2020 05:19 AM #53
Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

SO sorry for your loss. You honored her well!

Feb 22, 2020 08:02 AM #54
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sharon, having been in the Rain for lots of years, I sort of remember her, at least her face.   It would have been nice to meet her in person, but wonderful tribute to your friend.

Feb 25, 2020 08:41 AM #55
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