Carleen Marie Licari

Carleen Marie Licari (nee Alvino) baptized into the hope of Christ’s resurrection passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, August 26, 2022. Beloved wife of Richard “Skip” Licari Jr, dear mother of Richard “Ricky” III (Laura) and Sara (Adam) Enloe; loving Maw Maw of Richard “RJ” IV and Reed Licari, Marcella and Gavin Enloe; dearest sister of Carol (late Bill) Handte, Cathy Noel (Pete Hoyer), Cynthia (late Schaf) Schafer, Paul Alvino, Christine (Jeffrey) Ryan, Charmaine (Charlie) Schoenbeck and Carrie Alvino. Preceded in death by parents Pietro and Dolores Alvino, and brothers Pete, Terry and Tom. Dearest sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend to ALL.

Carleen was a warrior. She loved her husband of 44 years, children and grandchildren with every ounce of her being. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Carleen continued to give, even after her passing – Carleen donated her body to St. Louis University School of Medicine in hopes that her body can help lead to a cure of Lymphoma. By offering the gift of her body, her death, in turn, promotes the precious gift of life. 

Services: Information on a Memorial Mass & Celebration of Life for family and close friends forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Carleen’s name can be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night – Team ‘SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital’

Please also consider donating blood and / or platelets to your local blood bank.



  1. Michelle McBride on August 29, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Dear Cindy and Licari family. So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.

  2. Jim McEmroe. on August 29, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    A life well lived but cut too short. May her memory be a blessing for all who knew and loved her.

  3. Luis Erce/ Pickle ball friend of her sister Cindy on August 29, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    What a beautiful obituary. There’s no doubt that families and friends will miss her so much, but now we know that she’ is in a better place. No more pain and suffering that she fought for a long time. I am pretty sure she is looking down at everyone smiling looking sad but happy at the same time coz she’s with Him in heaven. May she Rest In Peace and May God bless everyone 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  4. Cheri Noonan on August 29, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I am a dear friend of her sister Cathy. May your faith and knowing we all are praying for you, help with coping of your loss.
    Cheri Noonan

  5. Sue Bommarito on August 29, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    So sorry to hear this sad news. I pray for the family to get thru these hard days ahead. 🙏🙏

  6. Jan Arbutti on August 29, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    A beautiful lady inside and out. She was genuinely a sweet and caring friend. Carleen set the bar high with her strength and endurance battling her illness.
    I know heaven is blessed to have you.
    Love and hugs to her family.

  7. Luanne Repaso on August 29, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Sara and family – you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love to you as you mourn a beautiful mom, wife and Maw Maw!

  8. Charm (Hopfer) Ray on August 30, 2022 at 7:40 am

    In Loving Memory of Carleen…”The Little Ship” by an Unknown Author:

    I stood watching as the little ship sailed out to sea. The setting sun tinted her white sails with a golden light and, as she disappeared from sight, a voice at my side whispered, “She is gone.”

    But the sea was a narrow one. On the farther shore, a little band of friends and family had gathered to watch and wait in happy expectation. Suddenly, they caught sight of the tiny sail and, at the very moment when my companion had whispered, “She is gone,” a glad shout went up in joyous welcome, “She is here!”

    Big hugs and much love to such an incredible family! Carleen’s beautiful legacy will never be forgotten. Rest easy, Carleen. You were a good and faithful servant. You are dearly missed, and one day, we will meet again! You will remain forever in my heart!

  9. Patty and George on August 30, 2022 at 10:23 am

    We are so lucky to have Carleen in our lives. She loved with all her heart. We have many fun and laughter filled memories with her that we will treasure forever. Please know you are all in our prayers. We love you all.

  10. Mike O’Keeffe on August 30, 2022 at 11:53 am

    When I was first diagnosed with lymphoma and Carleen found out she reached out to me. We had not been in contact for many years. She wanted to know about my situation and seem to know more about it than I did. I was was just down and depressed thinking the worst. Carleen told me about her situation and gave me some great advice, “ stay positive, never give up, “. She definitely changed my thinking and my attitude. God definitely was holding a place in heaven for her. RIP Carleen 🙏

  11. Peggy Gorton on August 30, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute to Carleen. She was an inspiration to all to live life to the fullest. Her smile would light up a room and we can only hope to be as kind and caring .
    Thank you, Carleen, for the gift of your friendship.
    Love you,
    (She would always respond, “ love you more!”)

  12. DaNette Linthicum-Chandler on September 1, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Honored to have had her as a friend so many years…a truly beautiful woman who has left us all with a sense of love in our heart…you are missed. Hugs and prayers for the family and friends who will feel the void.❤️

  13. Missy on September 1, 2022 at 8:50 am

    My sincerest condolences for your family! I am a friend of Carleen’s sister Carrie. You have my deepest sympathy. Wishing you all peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this time of sorrow.

  14. Sue Williams on September 1, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. I have heard wonderful things about Carleen from her sister, Carrie. May she Rest In Peace and always be remembered for the special person she was.

  15. Tiffany on September 1, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    I am so sorry to the family for your loss. I am a friend of Carleen’s sister Carrie. Sending love and healing your way, and keeping you all in my thoughts during this difficult time.

  16. Debbie on September 1, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    I’m a friend of Carrie’s sending thoughts and prayers to Carrie and her family during this difficult time. May God’s love be felt by all to feel the comfort that Carleen is at peace and is in no more pain.

  17. Christine Franck on September 2, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Love follows us, no matter how far and while it is difficult to bear the loss of this relationship now, the memories of Carleen’s love and friendship are treasures to carry with you always. As a friend of Carleen’s sister, Carrie, I hope you are able to hold on to your memories of Carleen, and her great love and life, and let them guide you during this time of sorrow. I’m praying for your peace and healing at this difficult time.

  18. Mary on September 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am a friend of Carleen’s sister, Carrie. I know Carlene will be greatly missed. Your family is in my prayers.

  19. Mary Schindler on September 3, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    For the family of Carleen… she was an amazing woman and always had a smile that made everyone welcome. My heart is sad to see her leave us so young. My memories of Carleen are of her laughing so hard I thought she was going to fall over.. along with many memories of us growing up and going to St Mary Magdalen school and Bishop Du Bourg High School together. Her smile will be missed by all and I pray for her family during this difficult time

  20. Bill Breihan on September 4, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Sorry for your loss Skip, and the Licari family.

  21. Maureen Schoenekase on September 4, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    I knew Carleen as a young mom & taught Ricky & Sara at Notre Dame Preschool. She always brought her children into the room with this huge smile on her face & I still can see it to this day. Ricky & Sara, always know how much she adored you both & was always happy to help you in any way possible. Remember, she lives on in each of you. Mrs Maureen Schoenekase

  22. Jane Hoemeke Chamberlain on September 5, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    So sorry for the Licari and Alvino families. Carleen was always so full of life and fun to be around. Being a friend of our family and one of my sister Connie’s best friends, we got to spend lots of time with her in the old neighborhood. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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