Today, my friend Kelly Mazzarella passed away, after a long battle with lupus and a short battle against COVID-19. However, her legacy will not be in how she passed, but how she lived. Anyone who knew Kelly knows that she lived life with a love and light stronger and brighter than humanly possible. I truly believe this is because she was an angel, and when she passed away today she was just going home. Kelly loved her family more than anything. Her daughters, Hailey and Kristina, were her ENTIRE world. Kelly had always wanted children, and her two girls were all she could've asked for and more. And Kelly was a GREAT mom. You may know her from seeing her at their plays, sports games, girl scouts, and school events. Her husband, Ronnie, was the love of her life. They overcame all the challenges that life threw at them over the past 20 years and came out on the other side, together. That's love.
Last year, Kelly began fighting a battle against an invisible illness. Twice, she developed sepsis. She was eventually diagnosed with lupus. Because of this, she has been in and out of work since October. A few weeks ago, Kelly began having other symptoms. Eventually, she was diagnosed with COVID. Today, after bravely fighting the myriad of symptoms, she lost her battle.
Kelly's family needs our help. They have been surviving without her income for months. Hospital bills will be pouring in imminently. Her two daughters have years of sports, dance, events, proms, and college in front of them. When thinking about all Kelly, and her family, have done for others, I want to give back. I'd like to raise enough money so they do not have to worry about the hospital bills, the mortgage, the funeral costs, the college tuition... And I'm asking for your help. Please, If Kelly and her family have positively impacted your life in any way, please give. I know she would have done the same. Thank you so much.
*Also, an account has been created at Luigi O’Gradys in Pearl River to ease the immediate burden of meals, cooking, etc. Call and ask for Michelle or Jeannette with a cc [phone redacted] or Venmo Michelle @michelle-worob. Mention the Kelly Mazzarella Food Fund.
**My name is Nicole Maursky. Kelly has been my friend for over 20 years through her sister, Karen, my best friend.
All the proceeds raised in this campaign will go directly to Kelly's husband Ronnie to cover funeral costs, hospital bills, housing costs, and whatever else they may need at this time. To ensure this happens, Ronnie has been added as the sole beneficiary of the campaign.
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