Marina Teresa Pascarelli

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Marina Teresa Pascarelli, 60, of Marietta, Georgia passed away Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, GA with family by her side after a fierce battle, and due to complications from, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Marina gave in death as she gave in life, in the form of organ donation, something that was very near and dear to her heart as a kidney dialysis nurse of over 30 years. As if it were a sign from her and God Himself, Marina was able to donate both her kidneys and her liver. 

Born on November 29, 1959 in Allentown, PA, Marina was the wife of her high school sweetheart, Frank Pascarelli, married in Marietta on April 12, 1997, and was the daughter of late Thomas Villano and Jean (McAllister) Villano of Coopersburg, PA. Marina graduated from Southern Lehigh High School class of 1977, attended Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing for her Registered Nursing diploma class of 1980, DeSales University for her Bachelor of Science in Registered Nursing class of 1985, and received her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Walden University class of 2007. Marina was a Registered Nurse for 35 years, serving as a Critical Care Instructor, Critical Care Dialysis RN, and for the last 25 years as a Regional Director of Education for Home Therapies for Fresenius Medical Care NA. After living in Allentown for 33 years, Marina moved to Marietta with her two daughters, Meghan Draper and Amalia Flecksteiner, of former husband Joseph Flecksteiner. Marina, Frank, and the girls have been members of the Transfiguration Catholic Church of Marietta congregation since moving to Georgia in 1992. 

Marina was, and forever is, a nurse and teacher first. She was a devout lover of Christ, her family, her friends, her profession and job, and most of all, her life. When confronted with struggle, Marina was fierce, intelligent, and compassionate. Marina lived a life of passion, service, and love; a woman of faith who lived her life for others. 

Survivors: Husband, Frank R. Pascarelli of Marietta, GA; Children, Meghan J. Draper, married to Clinton Draper of Aston, PA, and Amalia Flecksteiner of Atlanta, GA; Siblings, Thomas L. Villano III and his companion, Debra J. Suto of Allentown, PA, Jeanine M. Villano–George and her husband, Earl P. George of Walnutport, PA, Barbara and Peter Kanzler of Roswell, GA, Phillip and Lillian Pascarelli of Florida, NY; Granddaughter, Aubrey R. Draper; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00PM Monday, October 26, 2020 at The Catholic Church of the Transfiguration, 1815 Blackwell Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. Internment for the family at the National Cemetery in Canton, GA.  

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please make a donation to The ALS Association Georgia Chapter, in Memory of Marina Pascarelli – http://webga.alsa.org/ .   

26 Comments To "Marina Teresa Pascarelli"

Thea Sieber On Nov 30 2020 at 9am
Marina was a classmate of mine at Sacred Heart Nursing school. She was always a lot of fun, always willing to sit and talk and many laughs we had! My thoughts and prayers go out to Marina’s family, may God give you strength and peace. Reply to this comment
Beverly Bentz Marant On Nov 01 2020 at 11am
Marina was a classmate of mine at Sacred Heart Nursing School. Intelligent and so funny she was a joy to have as a classmate. Prayers for Marina and her family. I loved reading all of what she accomplished in her lifetime. Thank you for sharing. Reply to this comment
Janis Brahms On Oct 27 2020 at 12pm
To Mollie and family we are so very sorry for your loss Janis and Samantha Brahms Reply to this comment
Phyllis and Al Sharp On Oct 27 2020 at 12pm
Our condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Reply to this comment
Patricia Stokes On Oct 27 2020 at 12pm
Frank just wanted You to know, You and Your Family are in my Prayers. Keep comfort in knowing your Marianne is resting in the everlasting arms of Jesus. God Bless and keep the Faith Ms. Pat Reply to this comment
Andrew Lane On Oct 27 2020 at 12pm
Frank and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Reply to this comment
Mary Joan Barbosa On Oct 27 2020 at 12pm
I was part of her Fresenius Puerto Rico family. Marina was always a ray of sunshine every where she went. The world was definitely a brighter place because of her. We will keep those wonderful memories of all the lives you touched .My you rest in peace my dear friend !!! Reply to this comment
Angela Taylor Smith On Oct 27 2020 at 12pm
I am in tears right now because I just found out the news. I was late hearing she had retired early. I called and talked to her and she sent me the address to come see her. The stay at home order hit due to Covid-19 rapid rise. I could not see her. Marina was awesome and had a beautiful spirit with a sense of humor. She was funny. Her greatest gift she gave to me was her knowledge. She is a great educator. Im so thankful for her because when I asked if she can present for our nursing event ANNA, she does it. Yes, she go over her time but thats her way to make sure you know the materials. She was an awesome educator at work too. I can call her up an ask questions and she was always willing to give the answer or find the answet. Marina was wonderful. Prayer of comfort to the family. Reply to this comment
Angela Taylor Smith On Oct 27 2020 at 12pm
God has called his angel home. Her memories, her laugh, her sarcasm, just her being her will always be dear to my heart. Thank you Marina for being an inspiration, a leader, a friend, a mentor.Also, on the behalf of our Nursing Organization ANNA Dogwood Chapter.Thank you. Thank you to her family who allowed her to shine her light on many. Our sincere condolences. Reply to this comment
Linda G Rodriguez On Oct 26 2020 at 9am
Marina had her feet firmly planted in reality and chose to see the best in others and when facing difficult situations. She never doubted God's love and entrusted herself to His will and purposes. A beautiful woman who inspired so many. To know Marina was to be blessed. Rest in peace, sweet friend. Reply to this comment
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