Becky Marseglia
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Rebecca Leigh Marseglia
May 1, 1988 - February 7, 2005
Beloved Daughter of Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia and
Mark Marseglia (wife Paula)
Loving sister of Katelyn Blair Marseglia

This memorial website was originally created by the C.A.P. students who attend Bucks County Technical High School with the help of, and continued maintenance by, English teacher & friend of the Marseglia family, Mimi Morrow. It is created in Becky's memory as she is my friend Diane's precious daughter, and our students' fellow C.A.P. member. She was a tremendous person who was loved by many. Her suicide tells us that tragedy can strike anyone, even those with the most to live for.  She will be terrribly missed by all of us. Our thoughts and sympathies go to her family, and the families of any person, young or old, who leaves us before their time.

Diane Marseglia:
"I love all of you for loving her. Your words mean so much to me. Love, Becky's mom."
Mark Marseglia: "My daughter, my Becky, my Murphia, will live on in our hearts and minds forever." 
Katey Marseglia: "Thank you so much for all your support and kind words, we have lost a beautiful person, but have gained a guardian angel."

This site is dedicated to Becky Marseglia, friend, student, daughter and member of the Civil Air Patrol. Please post your best memories of Becky here so that her family might find some solace from these pages.

Jesse, Rey, Matt, Liz, from C.A.P. Web site edited and continued by Mimi Morrow, Bucks County Technical High School English Teacher and friend of the Marseglia Family.


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Tributes and Condolences
Love yo Diane & Katey on Becky' 10th anniversary.   / MaryAnn Underwood (Friend & Neighnor )
We can't believe that it has been 10 years since Becky died. We knew her from the time that she was born. We remember attending her plays on the front lawn of her house, which she wrote and produced with her sister and the other kids in the neighborh...  Continue >>
a decade...   / Diane (mom)
Despite the years…10 today…I have never forgotten a thing. I can hear your voice like we spoke yesterday…I know the exact feel of your skin, the texture of your hair, and the warmth of your hug. I remember your infections laugh a...  Continue >>
Merry Christmas   / Kevin Kirkendoll (Uncle)
They say time heals all wounds, but I just think we just get used to living with the pain. I know you are in heaven with dad and lauging at us,  running around like idiots, regifting, miss you and dad so much. 
Time goes by.   / David Kennedy (Friend)
You were in Mr. Schroder's History Class with me. Though we weren't great friends, we were aquainted and you did help me. I'm thankful for the time in which I was able to speak with you, because it seemed like you were gone in a flash. I never expect...  Continue >>
With tears in my eyes...   / Rick Lannetti (A friend of mom's )
Dear Becky,

I just started reading about your story. You are now in heaven with my 21 year old son who left us in 2003 due to complications with MRSA. Please know that when Ricky left, he did so with a huge smile on his face i...  Continue >>
Make her welcome, please  / Mimi Morrow (Friend)    Read >>
Still missed...  / Adam (CAP)    Read >>
A song from our Gavin  / Patty     Read >>
Hello love  / Shaunna (Friend)    Read >>
A prayer for an angel  / Michelle Gonzalez (passerby)    Read >>
Still thinking of you.  / Abby Wang (friend)    Read >>
hola chica!  / Jamal Laghjichi (Friend)    Read >>
Sweet baby  / Mimi Morrow (Friend of you & cho (cho momma!) )    Read >>
Memorial MySpace  / Michael Gandy (CAP)    Read >>
Showin Some Love  / Nicholas' Mama, Lisa (POS)    Read >>
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Her legacy
Bucks County Courier Times Editorial  

By: Date: February 15, 2005 Page: 6A Section: EDITORIAL

The teenage years can be wonderful but also painful. The latter can lead to unexpected tragedy. Probably the last thing people mourning the loss of a loved one want to do is talk to a reporter ¬especially if their loved one took his or her own life. It's all the more difficult and tragic if they've lost a child.
Such was the horrible circumstance the Marseglia family of Middletown confronted last week. Initially reported as missing, 16-year-old Becky Marseglia was found dead in Florida woods where she and other Civil Air Patrol cadets were vacationing.
Becky took her own life.
This was heartbreaking if not unbearable news for the Marseglia family. Yet they accepted our reporter into their home. And while they eulogized the "tough cookie" who wanted to be an Army Ranger, they talked as well about the pressures that might have led the young woman they loved so much to end it all.
Their very personal thoughts and insights were poignant indeed but also instructive. Any parent trying to cope with the fragile teenage years is indebted to the Marseglias for so candidly talking about Becky, her hopes and dreams -and the turmoil that might have plagued her.
Like many teens, Becky aspired to reach lofty academic heights. She set a goal of scoring 1,200 on her SAT exams as part of a plan to be accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Alas, she fell short of that goal.
Already despondent, Becky was reprimanded while in training for an infraction she likely thought would ruin her chances of getting into a military academy. That's what her mother said she believes. Either way, she ran off in tears. It was the last time anyone saw her alive.
As you might have guessed from her career choice, Becky liked a challenge. "She was fearless," her mother said. She played on Neshaminy's varsity tennis team, belonged to two school community service clubs, had a role in the school play and belonged to a rugby club that her father coached. She planned to attend her junior prom.
So Becky was no wallflower. And from all appearances certainly not a candidate for suicide. She was gregarious and outgoing and stunning in her cadet uniform. She gave her family plenty to be happy about and proud of. And, now, much reason to grieve.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Marseglias in these most difficult days. Their loss should remind all of us who long ago crossed the threshold into adulthood that the pressures of growing up can be intense and painful -and hidden from view.

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Bucks County Courier Times Reality (Teen Section)  

By: MELISSA GARBER NESHAMINY HIGH SCHOOL Date: February 24, 2005 Page: 2G Section: REALITY

Becky Marseglia was the kind of girl everyone noticed. It was inevitable that if she were in one of your classes you would know who she was. She commanded everyone's attention because that was just the kind of girl she was. She was smart, funny, loud, opinionated, full of attitude and open to everyone. I could name every other clich‚ adjective and it would still describe her, but she was more than that. For the time I knew Becky she was always this passionate, outgoing girl who talked to everyone. The priest at her funeral remarked that "for Becky everyone was a potential friend." For me there is nothing that rings more true about her than that comment.
Her viewing was a testament to that. I got there with one of my best friends at 5 p.m. when the viewing started, and we stood in the line that went all the way down Trenton Road in the pouring rain and waited three hours to give our condolences to Becky's family.
Everyone was dressed in bright clothes because that's what she would have wanted. The day before, a friend had commented, "Becky would have wanted everyone in silver pumps and green mini skirts at her viewing," and I remember just laughing because that was the Becky I knew, too.
When we left the viewing at around 8 p.m., the line was still just as long and would continue to be packed with people until late into the night.
The fact that hundreds of people waited hours in the pouring rain for Becky was incredible. She was the kind of person who impacted everyone around her. She did so much in her 16 years and she moved so many people. You didn't have to be exceptionally close to Becky to really be affected by her.
She was so passionate with everything she did. I remember she used to always bug me about joining her rugby team. I would always tell her I'd go to practice and then at the last second I'd wimp out because I didn't know anyone. She'd tell me that, "we're just one big family we all love each other. You'll fit right in, we're just a big family." The second time I skipped out on practice she gave me the silent treatment for a week. Her rugby team really was her family.
It was hard to stay annoyed with Becky for giving you the silent treatment because you were always guaranteed to see her stumbling down the hallway in her ridiculous high heels with a goofy grin on her face, and that just made it impossible to not want to be her friend.
I loved hearing her stories about skateboarding in Philly, the crazy things she and her best friends did, and how much she loved the Civil Air Patrol and playing rugby.
We weren't best friends, but Becky Marseglia had an enormous impact on my life for the amount of time she was in it.
Surrounded by my friends at her burial as the casket was being lowered into the ground I got this image in my head of Becky last year when she ran for class treasurer and the campaign T-shirt she gave me.
It said something along the lines of, "BLING BLING, Vote Becky Marseglia" on it. And I remember thinking how dynamic this girl was and how motivated and driven she was too. When the results were
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tallied and she was pacing restlessly with her ear every so often glued to the PA system anxiously waiting for the winners to be announced, I remember thinking how nervous she looked but also how hopeful she was.
And that's how I'm going to remember her, a short, spunky, upbeat girl in high heels, and full of hope. I'm going to miss that girl.
RIP Rebecca Leigh Marseglia, May 1, 1988-Feb. 7, 2005.

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Bucks County Courier Times Obituary  

By: Date: February 13, 2005 Page: 11C Section: NONE

Rebecca Leigh Marseglia
Rebecca Leigh Marseglia, age 16, of Levittown died on Wednesday, February 9, 2005.
Born in Trenton, N.J., Becky has been a life long resident of Levittown. She attended Carl Sandburg Middle School where she was elected Class President and was currently a Junior at Neshaminy High school. She served on various human service organizations at both schools over the years and was a regular member and lead in Neshaminy School and summer stock plays. Becky was a member of the Neshaminy Varsity Tennis Team and also loved her involvement in the Hibernian Rugby Club. She was an award winner at the Pennsylvania State Police Cadet Camp. She was the Vice-Chairman of the Middletown Teen Task Force and served as the teen representative on Middletown Township's ten year planning for Parks and Recreation.
Becky joined the United States Civil Air Patrol three years ago and became interested in training in their Search and Rescue Program. Her experience contributed to an interest in a possible future military career. Becky described her search and rescue training on Hawk Mountain as one of the times she was happiest. Ironically, members of Florida's Civil Air Patrol were needed in the search for her.
Becky was an extremely vibrant young woman who tackled life as if it were a glorious adventure. She exuded strength and was fun loving. She had a passion for politics and a need to advocate for those who struggle. She was quite funny and it seemed everyone loved her. Her family and friends take comfort that in her too short life her fearless style allowed her to accomplish much, travel and leave no stone unturned.
Becky is the beloved daughter of Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia of Levittown and Mark Marseglia and his wife Paula of Morrisville; and is the loving sister of Katelyn Blair Marseglia of Levittown.
She is the granddaughter of John and Marilyn Ellis of Yardley, Maryanne Kirkendoll and her late husband Al of Fairless Hills and the Late Vito Marseglia; and is the niece of Van Ellis of Yardley.
She will also be missed by her best friend since kindergarten, Patty Miller; family friend, Robert McMonagle; and her Squadron Commander, Terry Loughran.
The viewing and funeral service will be celebrations of Becky's life. Her family and friends request that attendees dress in bright, happy colors.
Family and friends are invited to call on Monday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 10:00
a.m. at Morrisville Presbyterian Church, 771 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville followed by interment in Newtown Cemetery. There are no calling hours prior to the service on Tuesday morning.
Contributions in Becky's memory can be made payable to the Becky Marseglia Memorial Fund, c/o First Federal Bank of Bucks County, 118 Mill Street, Bristol, Pa. 19007. Please note on your donation either Katelyn Marseglia education fund or the Civil Air Patrol Hawk Mountain Search and Rescue Training Sight.
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