Regina Marie McGuigan, 48, passed away at her La Plata home on Sunday, August 18, 2013.
Born in Washington DC, Regina grew up amongst a close family who all lived within the same New Carrolton neighborhood. Although an only child, Regina was blessed to have her three cousins living right next door and for the rest of her life she considered them as her brothers.
Regina’s family moved to Charlotte Hall where she attended and graduated from Chopticon High School in 1982. She was remembered in her class as being the “most popular“, and was also chosen twice as the homecoming queen—two titles which reflected both her inner and outer beauty. Regina left high school with two valuable assets, a diploma, and a close friend, Ruth Fultz, who would remain a part of Regina’s life thereafter.
Regina attended college and received a degree in Secretarial Science. She later returned to college and received an additional degree, graduating with honors as a Registered Nurse. She worked within the trauma unit at Washington Hospital Center, later taking a position as a nurse at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Her years in nursing clearly fulfilled Regina’s natural gift of compassion as her patients often remarked they truly felt her warmth and caring.
Regina’s real calling began in 2008 when she became the mother of twins. Her attention, love, and caring toward her children was and is the essence of the word mother. Everyone who knew Regina also knew her greatest love was for her children and her family. Although she was taken at a young age, her children were blessed to feel this tremendous love which will remain with them throughout their lives.
Ever present in Regina’s life was her mother and best friend “Pat”. The two spent countless days and hours together filled with laughter and the sharing of each other’s life. There are no words which can describe the devotion and bond between this mother and daughter, both of whom loved each other with all their heart.
She will be missed among her colleagues at the many fraternal organizations she belonged to such as the Waldorf Elks Lodge, the Clinton American Legion Post and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. Regina’s wonderful, friendly smile and vibrant personality were always a welcome sight. Many have best described her as a truly caring person who considered “everyone” to be her friend. She contributed tremendously to each of these organizations and was always willing to volunteer to help out, especially when it came to a cause involving our veterans.
However, the charity she held closest to her heart, the Charles County Humane Society, went hand-in-hand with her love of animals. Regina volunteered at numerous fundraisers and stopped by to drop off food and other items on a regular basis.
She is survived by her husband Michael McGuigan and their two five year old children, Michael and Mikayla, her mother Patricia Rosetta of La Plata, her father Joseph Rosetta and his wife Gladys of Clements, her beloved cousins Richard Mascaro (Toni) of Gambrills, Michael Mascaro of Charlotte Hall and Robert “Bobby” Mascaro (Pam) of Prince Frederick and their father Richard “Uncle Richie” Mascaro of Bowie, step-sisters Margaret (Brad) Hornbeak and Kendra (Dan) Gilmore, god-parents Michael and Debra Petschk and Mary Claire Bushman and Richard Bamburger.
Viewing on Friday, August 23, 2013 from 2:00-4:00PM and 6:00-8:00PM with a Wake Service at 7PM at Raymond Funeral Service Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10AM at St. Peters Catholic Church, 3320 St. Peter’s Drive, Waldorf, MD 20601. Interment to follow in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Humane Society of Charles County, PO Box 1015, Waldorf, MD 20604.