Marilyn Linden, 85, of Providence, R.I., died June 5, 2018. She raised her family in North Caldwell and moved to Providence two years ago.
After losing her husband Bernard at a young age, Mrs. Linden took over his cheese manufacturing and importing business.
She attended University of Wisconsin and was very active in promoting civil and human rights. She was a member of the university’s earliest interracial rooming house. She later finished her degree at Upsala College.
She was an active Democrat who was a member, and eventual president, of the local chapter of League of Women Voters.
She was an active supporter of the Children’s Institute (now called Spectrum 360), a school for children with autism, and spent a third of her life serving the school through fund raising and board service.
After retirement, she attended Drew University for many years and took a variety of literature courses. She was also an avid supporter of the arts and attended plays, operas, and museums locally and in New York City.
Predeceased by her husband, Bernard, she is survived by two sons, Jonathan and Todd (Monica Dugot); her daughter, Jane (Betsy Grenier); a brother, Martin Ritter; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Services were held June 11 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to The Children’s Institute/Spectrum 360, Livingston.