Regina Nazzarena Sewall (1920 - 2013)

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WATERVILLE -  Regina Nazzarena Sewall, 93, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 27, 1920 in Bradford, Pa., the daughter of Teresa and Augusto Corsi.
She attended St. Bernard's Elementary and High schools. After graduation, she went on to the Saint Francis School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pa. She received her R.N. in October 1940 and was employed by the hospital. In 1943, she entered the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as an ensign and served at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital until July 1944. She was then transferred to the San Leandro Naval Hospital in California, where she met Dr. Kenneth Sewall whom she married in December 1945. In March 1945 she graduated from the School for Air Evacuations at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif. As a flight nurse, she attended casualties to the war in the Pacific as they were flown back from forward areas.
After peace was declared, she joined a team of active service people promoting the sale of U.S. Bonds in the Pittsburgh area. She was discharged from the service March 1946 with the rank of lieutenant junior grade.
Arriving in Waterville, she helped her husband in the first months of his practice and did the same when he became semi-retired for a four-year period.
She was a member of the Corpus Christi Parish, served on the Mansfield Clinic Board as secretary, a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, a guild member of the Historical Society of Early America, a member of the Samaritan Department of the Waterville Woman's Club, a past longtime member of the Waterville Country Club, a member of the Waterville Historical Society and a member of St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing Alumni Association.
She had many interests, never at a loss for something to do. Most of all, she loved the time spent with family and close friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Kenneth Sewall; and a daughter, Nancy.
She is survived by her three sons, Richard, and wife Gwyn, Peter and companion Lynette and Robert and wife Mia; her stepson, Jay; four granddaughters; two grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and two great-grandsons.
At the request of the family, there will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Sacred Heart Church, 70 Pleasant St., Waterville. Burial will be in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., Waterville at a later date.
The family would like to extend special thanks to all the people at HealthReach Hospice, especially Lynette Poirier, Ania Swiercz and Becky Emery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, 19 Colby St., Waterville, ME 04901; or to Corpus Christi Soup Kitchen, 70 Pleasant St., Waterville, ME 04901.
Arrangements are with Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. An online guest book may be signed and condolences may be expressed at www.gallantfh.com.
Published in Central Maine on Mar. 2, 2013
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