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#1 Aug 28, 2012
Regina Marie Marasciullo, 54 passed away in her sleep on Sat. 25 Aug. 2012 in Santa Barbara, Ca. Gina, as she was known to her family and friends grew up in Farmingdale and attended what is now known as Farmingdale State College after graduating high school and received a degree in child care. She was and avid swimmer and loved cats. She held numerous jobs and positions in and around the Farmingdale area until the mid 80s when she moved to Oceanside Ca. with her parents, Angie and Pat to be nearer to her sister Diane and Diane's twin sons. While in Oceanside her love for animals led her to a job with the ASPCA. Cats were her biggest love and she wound up adopting a couple of them. Gina also served as a life guard, for a while, in Oceanside. As time went on Gina's physical and mental state started to worsen. First, with the passing of mom and dad in the same year, then a few years later, Diane, who was helping her in mom and dads absence. Several people from her church, Josie, Carol and Kitty, also helped but it got to a point where it was better to find a group setting with counseling. This brought her up to Santa Barbara near Steve and Steph. She made progress after a bumpy start and finally got her own place to live a month ago. She didn't stop volunteering and seeking work, in fact her new found independence seemed to motivate her more. Her big, beautiful heart was in overdrive with her new joy but seemed to run out of steam too soon. We will all miss you Gina, your cage here has been opened and you can join mom, dad and Dee.
Services are pending.PJM
#2 Aug 28, 2012
I had the good fortune to know this brave woman and her passing has reminded me of what a valuable lesson her life has imparted, to not give up your dreams, despite the challenges. No matter how discouraged Regina might have been at times, she kept the vision clear in her mind of what she wanted to achieve and gave it her best every day. She also made it evident that sometimes, just a kind word or taking the time to pass on some encouragement to another human being was what could be all the difference in making it through another day. As was mentioned, she was a great, dedicated swimmer, always ready to challenge anyone on the basketball court and she would often ache with the love she felt whenever the topics of cats or children would come up. I will hold in my heart the determination and spirit Regina reminded us all to never forget.
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