Gina Marie Medacco


My love and beautiful partner passed into eternal life on August 3, 2013.  Devoted wife, loving mother, dedicated daughter, and caring sister, Gina was taken from us much too soon. Gina is survived by her husband Brian, son Aaron, mother Josephine Rice, and brother Robert Troughton.  Our unforgettable journey together began when you took a chance on a Navy man by accepting his proposal of marriage and subsequent nuptials at Niagara Falls in 1989. The following year we welcomed our bundle of joy. Her “Tinkers” was the joy of her life, always proud. Her closeness with her mother and brother was always of utmost importance to her, she so loved them. Gina primarily worked in the medical industry throughout her life which obviously provided her with the necessary experience and patience to deal with the antics of her “boys”. Our seasonal events fanned her passion and love for decorating and cooking. She always made the holiday season something special and will live in our hearts forever. We had only recently entered into our “retirement” years and began to embrace all the good things it entailed. Sharing coffee and watching the morning news, planning our day and eventually deciding to take a nap instead. Our “to do list” would have to wait until the next day. Gina always appreciated what a good life we led. You will always be remembered and never forgotten as we live to see you again. Banner Estrella, Del Webb Hospital and Good Samaritan- Phoenix must be commended for their compassion during this trying time. Gina always expressed her appreciation for the personal care she received during her stays especially at GSP-1st floor. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Carl T. Hayden VAMC/ Voluntary Dept (135) 650 E. Indian School Road – (602) 222-6419 Phoenix, Arizona 85012. Gina had a soft spot for U.S. Veterans. A remembrance celebration will be held in California for Gina by the immediate family.

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  1. Scott Miller

    Brian and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss and our prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Phil Ponce (from the basketball days)


    Hope this message finds you in good spirits. I can’t even begin to understand the pain this is causing you, words can not suffice.

    Be strong and confident as you continue on.


  3. Sharyl Leingang


    Words can not express what you must be going through. Just know that your Sacred Heart classmates are thinking of you during this time of sorrow. My prayers go out to you and your family.



  4. Ken & Gloria Trebilco


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    Kenny & Gloria

  5. Ernie Kimball

    Brian, Our deepest sympathy and condolences for you and your family. We can not imagine what a tremendous blow this is to you. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers to the great spirit.

    Love, Diana and Ernie

  6. Debra & Bill

    Brian and Aaron
    We are so sorry to find out about Gina’s passing. She was a great warrior princess and was always an inspiration to me and my family. Our children Deandras, Deidra and Romon send their love too. Deandras remembers so many stories of Gina and we will have to share with you. Good times in Virginia Beach. Love you both,

    Debra and Bill Washington
    Retired US Navy

  7. Doug Arnold

    Brian …. Loss of words here, so very sorry. To say you are so lucky for your time together is not enough…. Hang in there and always the good memories …always. Thinking of you. Take care. Doug

  8. Brian

    Aaron and I would like to express our gratitude to you all for your condolences. We are mourning our loss and leaning heavily on each other during this horrible time. We will be heading out to California this coming week to celebrate Gina’s life with her family.

    Again, your thoughts and prayers are appreciated and I’m sure Gina is smiling warmly down upon you.

  9. Michael Engel

    I’ve been a little slow responding, but you have been a constant thought in my head since your message arrived …and the message remains facing me on my computer. Really very sorry to receive the news about Gina. I never knew her, and you rarely spoke of her on FB, but I can only imagine what you’re going through. Lonliness is not fun, but I’m certain better days await you, Aaron, and your family. Hang in there.
    Also, I just read what you wrote to Doug, and you’re right. If pictures are worth a thousand words, then thoughts are worth a million – even if they ARE hard to express. You’ll remain in my thoughts.
    Please keep us posted on what you’re up to.
    Best Wishes, Take Care
    (I still don’t have an email address, but you can always pm me on fb)

  10. Dave and Norma Kolasa

    Although we knew you only a short time in our life,you were considered a true friend of ours in Arizona. You will always be remembered for your love of Brian and Aaron and your caring thoughts of our family during our time of healing. You are remembered everytime we walk out our front door. We know your soul will always be with your family.

    Brian and Aaron,
    We cannot imagine the sudden loss of your wife and mother. You are both in our prayers and thoughts. Our friendship will be there whenever you made need us.
    With loving care for the both of you,

    Dave and Norma Kolasa

  11. Rita and Jerry

    Brian and Aaron,
    Your family made our life much happier when you became our neighbors. Gina was our beautiful, happy friend, always with a smile and a kind word. If we went to dine or just chat it was a fun time. She was a very giving lady, right to the end.
    She will always have a place in our heart and memory. We love the Medacco’s and will never forget them.

    Rita and Jerry

  12. Norma Navarro

    I am so very sorry for your loss, our prayers are with all of you we ask God to embrace you in his loving arms and give you the strength and peace always. Gina was a God sent angel to me I enjoyed doing her hair every 5 weeks, she was my friend and was so giving and caring ,she always had a smile and great words to share with me . Gina was so caring she even had goodie bags for my grandbabies whom I thank God she had met. Come the holidays she always baked the most bomb cookies, I know one day I will get to be with her in heaven and get to share the good times we had at the Hair salon. I will miss her dearly, but thank God for allowing me to have Gina in my life for the time he did only great memories will be in my mind of my friend. I love you Gina and will miss you so!!! God Bless You

  13. Carole Yoshida-Bacula

    Dearest Gina,
    I am so blessed that you came into my life eighteen years ago, and deeply sadden that you left this earth to soon. I have always admired your beautiful mind, your many acts of kindness, your creativity, and your loving spirit and soul.
    You are the rock, glue, and stern guiding, and encourage Brian and Aaron to reach their educational goals and careers.
    I knew you were a kindred spirit when we both love to read Og Mandino’s inspirational books. You my dear Gina had the know how to created and transformed all your life dreams with your loving heart and soul.
    I believe that your spirit is all around us now and I know that you will help Brian and Aaron each day easing their pain and sorrow by wrapping your spirit around them when they need you.
    You have touched so many lives throughout your short life, and I can truly say you have touched mine. I know that I will see you again, and when it is my turn to transition to heaven I know you will be there with opened arms and a smile.
    I miss and love you,
    Carole Yoshida-Bacula

  14. Brian

    To All,

    Aaron and I want to thank you for kind words and thoughts throughout this terrible period. Your continuing support is appreciated as we make our way though these difficult times. The patience shown for our privacy is commendable.

    Brian & Aaron

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