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The Italian Welfare League Mourns the Loss of Justice Marie Garibaldi

Hon. Marie Garibaldi
Justice Garibaldi was a distinguished member of the League who supported our mission and frequently attended our events. For those who had the honor of knowing her, she left an indelible mark on our hearts.

She was the first female Judge appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court. She wrote over 225 opinions during her tenure on the court and authored landmark legal decisions covering all areas of life.

She was an original trailblazer! Justice Garibaldi enrolled in Columbia Law School’s first female class in 1956. Garibaldi and Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, were among 12 women out of more than 250 students. She became a partner at a top NJ firm when women lawyers were a novelty and she served as the NJ Bar Association’s first female President.

Justice Garibaldi had a prolific career, but she never really spoke of it. She never bragged about her many accomplishments. We have lost an exceptional, elegant woman whose legal career presents an extraordinary record of accomplishment. She was an example for all lawyers to follow. She did this as a proud, energetic Italian. We honor her life and mourn her loss. She will be missed and she will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family.

Our 95th Anniversary was a spectacular success!! Special thanks to our honorees, Matilda Cuomo, Mariafrancesca Carli and George Simeone!
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Italian Welfare League Board of Directors


Linda Carlozzi


Joan Prezioso

Vice Presidents

Kristin Knowles

Geri Caggiano


Geri DiCostanzo


Louisa Greco

Board of Directors:

Cav. Sabbia Auriti Ph.D
Olga Casarella
Lucrezia Gallelli
Fran Gallinari
Ivana Giuntoli-McCotter
Linda Lombardi
Celeste Marchione-Maltzman
Rose Pannini
Linda Perillo-Zazzali
Giovanna Stellari
Bea Tusiani

Affiliated Organizations

Calandra Italian American Institute
Center for Migration Studies
Columbus Citizens Foundation and Ladies Auxilliary
Italian Heritage & Culture Committee of New York, Inc.
Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations
NIAF – The National Italian American Foundation
NOIAW – National Organization of Italian American Women
OSIA - Order Sons of Italy in America