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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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Oh Sharon......I have no words, just tears. So very very sad. Iunderstand your feelings though.

Feb 14, 2020 09:15 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Oh my goodness, Sharon... I didn't know Michelle as she became inactive just as I started getting active here. What a terrible thing to have to report. I will definitely go back and check out her past posts.

Feb 14, 2020 09:30 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

So sorry for a loss of someone so talented and with so much to guve the world...may God walk with her always.


Feb 14, 2020 09:39 AM #3
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Sharon-It is so hard to lose someone so young. Truly sorry for your loss. 

Feb 14, 2020 09:56 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a sad tale, and I am so happy that you told us about her. Your post inspired me to reach out to those I love sooner than later.   A

Feb 14, 2020 10:27 AM #5
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The heart shared here by Sharon Tara has so much drive that it is walking around on its own legs something HEART loves to do. How beautiful are the lives that touch lives in this short period of time. God & mankind remain our reward and example. I am moved to use my time even more wisely thank you Sharon

Feb 14, 2020 11:39 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Sharon Tara - that is such a sad story.  Unfortunately I did not know her but I just went to her posts.

Feb 14, 2020 12:03 PM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh my. This is a sad post. I didn’t have the pleasure of connecting with this lovely soul. What a beautiful tribute, Sharon.

Feb 14, 2020 12:35 PM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sharon - although I didn't know her and the news is sad, it seems you have captured a certain joie  de vivre about Michelle that is quite charming.  I think I hear some laughter beyond the tears.

Feb 14, 2020 04:00 PM #9
Barbara Heathcote

Sharon - what a beautiful tribute to Michelle. She was truly a special Angel and we will miss her!

Feb 14, 2020 04:54 PM #10
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I don't remember her either, yet her photo looks familiar. Another message to hold onto our friendships and cherish them. I'll take a look at your links, Sharon.

Feb 14, 2020 05:29 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Sharon- I never got to meet Michelle either but had the opportunity of speaking with her. We discussed her virtual staging business. What a beautiful soul.

Feb 14, 2020 07:30 PM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is definitely a beautiful tribute, she sounds like a wonderful person and I wished that I had known about her before this.  I will definitely check out some of her blog posts.

Feb 15, 2020 06:22 AM #13
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sharon Tara - It must have been so tough on you to get the news last month when you had your grandsons with you and waited to skype your mom and simultaneously, multi-tasking to take a peek on FB. The sad news about someone you cared for was devastating. In some mysterious way, our friendship on AR vicariously lives on in the most unusual ways. Although, I didn't know her, she obviously had a good soul and could make people laugh. Her creative spirit will live on... 

RIP Michelle.

Feb 15, 2020 12:35 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Feb 15, 2020 07:01 PM #15
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Sharon Tara I'm so sad and sorry for your loss... I did not know Michelle, but I do know how attached we get to each other and how we appreciate and feel love for one another.... it's like having family members we've never met but communicate with every day....Michelle, I'm sure, would love this post and would be very happy that it was written by you.... again, I'm very sorry you lost your friend.

Feb 16, 2020 07:31 AM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Sharon Tara -  I am so sorry for your loss and our loss as well to the ActiveRain community. Michelle is looking down upon you for this wonderful tribute to her. She sounds like an extraordinarily creative woman who made her dreams and the dreams of others come true. 

Feb 16, 2020 10:03 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sharon:

I'm so sorry to hear this, and what a wonderful tribute to Michelle. The world, and AR, lost a very creative soul. I'm sure it was such a shock to get the news as you did, and a tough time to try and process it.


Feb 16, 2020 12:52 PM #18
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing Michelle. She sounds like she packed a lot of life into her days. 

Feb 17, 2020 06:04 AM #19
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