The Beloved Trish Muscillo-Franks

As a family, we would like to help Tage offset the expenses he will have with the untimely & tragic passing of his beautiful, beloved wife, Trish Muscillo-Franks who was just 41 years young.  

Tage and Trish had a one of a kind, fairytale relationship. They were fast approaching 20 years of being together. Tage and Trish met in their early 20’s and immediately became best friends but it wasn’t long before their relationship blossomed into much more. To know Trish was to know happiness, love, laughter and life. She lived her life to the fullest, in every sense. She was the epitome of a strong, independent, intelligent woman. Whether she was risking it all on roller derby or lining up several estate sales out of the Sunday newspaper to ‘pick’ from so that she could bring home new projects to work on – she was always making an adventure out of it. Weekend getaways & vacations with an itinerary that was so jam packed you’d better not even think about going to the bathroom! But nobody on this earth could show you a better time or make you realize the hidden treasures that were hidden in plain sight in your own town or right in your own backyard.

Trish embodied the word ‘unique’; from her musical tastes and the multiple concerts in New Brunswick & Asbury Park, NJ that Tage & Trish would attend weekly from their 20’s until just a few months ago, to her one of a kind “thrifty” sense of style. She supported all of her friends in their respective endeavors and was always being called on to lend her unique touch through her graphic design work; such as creating menus for friends restaurants, designing ‘zines’ using her one of a kind vision & writing/contributing columns utilizing her degree in English from Rutgers but most of all her unwavering, die-hard support of her husband Tage throughout the years. Every step of the way throughout Tage’s professional career, she was there to back him up. In his original music/band career, she literally never missed a single concert over a 15 year span and helped his band schedule cross-country tours, design merchandise and so much more. When the chips were down, she found a way of effortlessly making it all work out, as if there never was an issue. She believed in him, even when he didn’t believe in himself and vice versa.

Anyone who knew Trish truly knew what amazing food was because she had an unmatched passion for cooking and always introduced you to the most mind blowing restaurants, pairings, etc. She would literally plan their vacations around food experiences and was always opening everyone’s eyes to something new. 15 years ago Trish & Tage began searching for a house they could call their own….after 3 full years of searching… the moment they walked into the house on the Metedeconk River in Brick NJ, which was setup like a log cabin from the inside, they knew they had just entered their “dream home”. If at all possible, we would like to be able to see Tage hold on to that piece of their history together, which they worked so hard for.

Trish & Tage shared a passion for rescuing and caring for dogs. The day after their 18 year old German Short-haired pointer let them know that her time was up on this earth, they rescued Teela; a 90 pound female Pit-Bull/Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix. Trish taught Teela everything; from how to swim to how to be loved. Teela in turn guarded Trish with her life and guided Trish through the most difficult times in her life over these past several months, while the medical field continually failed Trish. Teela was literally by Trish’s side until the bitter end, when Tage found Teela guarding Trish.

Trish had a wonderful sense of humor, an infectious smile, a laugh that would light up a room and was a beautiful person, inside and out. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. The love that Tage & Trish shared was unlike any other and her untimely passing has left an unimaginable void in Tage’s heart. The last several months of Trish’s life were extremely painful & tragic, as Trish was suffering from a rare medical condition with no known cure, which she and Tage battled around the clock. Tage worked tirelessly, with the assistance of both Trish’s family & Tage’s family, trying to find a way to save her.

Our goal is to assist Tage with offsetting the inevitable expenses that he will encounter as well as the medical expenses that he’s presently faced with; from the cost of Trish’s final arrangements to the expenses associated with suddenly losing the income of his beloved Trish, inclusive of the excessive medical bills that continue to accumulate. Last but not least, Tage is continuing to research the medical condition which Trish was suffering from and plans to pursue various avenues in order to call attention to said condition, so that others do not have to suffer the same way that Trish did.

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Fundraising team: The Trish and Tage Fund (4)

Hannah Sieben 
Organizer
Raised $2,050 from 3 donations
Toms River Township, NJ
Tage Franks 
Beneficiary
Connor X 
Team member
Raised $200 from 1 donation
Dar Franks 
Team member
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