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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/ .   

27 Comments To "Marina Teresa Pascarelli"

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
Karen Fine On Oct 26 2020 at 9am
It was my honor to have known and worked with Marina for many years. She was a beautiful soul and anyone in her orbit was truly blessed. Reply to this comment
Patty & Clay Hathaway On Oct 26 2020 at 9am
Prayers and condolences to the entire family. Marina always brought a beautiful smile when she came to my office and shared such sweet words about her family. Rest In Peace Marina, the Angels have another beautiful soul with them. Reply to this comment
Grace Belmont Kostelnick On Oct 26 2020 at 9am
Marina and I had the pleasure of attending Sacred Heart School of Nursing together and shared both laughter and tears during those years. Marina always had a very special place in my heart arranging the music and singing at my wedding. Even though we had unfortunately lost touch over the years I will always remember those very special times. Marina was a very vibrant, intelligent loving woman with deep religious belief and sense of family. Our heartfelt sympathies to her family and to her friends. ❤️Grace & Dave Reply to this comment
Joyce Layton On Oct 26 2020 at 9am
My deepest sympathy, Frank, Amalia & Meghan. I have such fond memories of Marina as a wonderful neighbor & friend; not to mention an amazing cook. Bunko nights were extra special when she hosted. My heart is with you. Reply to this comment
Leslye (Kloss) Durilla On Oct 26 2020 at 9am
I was a classmate at Sacred Heart with Marina. I remember her bright, bubbly personality & laughter. Cherish your memories. May She rest in Heavenly Peace. Reply to this comment
Brenda Knapp On Oct 26 2020 at 9am
Marina my dear sweet friend. You were very special to me. You always had smile on your face. We share alot of good times together. Until we meet again in heaven. God got another angel. Reply to this comment
Mary Luciana On Oct 26 2020 at 9am
Frank, so sorry for your loss. Mary Luciana Reply to this comment
Stephen Horveath On Oct 26 2020 at 9am
Our deepest sympathies to all in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. Please try to take comfort in knowing Marina is still helping others as she has always done. Remember she lives on in your hearts and she will be there always. Our deepest condolences. Reply to this comment
AJ Brigham On Oct 26 2020 at 9am
Marina and I were cousins but more importantly as confidants since we are both RNs. We spoke of all things Nursing. Marina would consult with me about Psych issues and I her about Renal. I will miss her dearly and love her forever ❤️ Reply to this comment
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