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Regina Celeste Thomas

May 20, 1939March 14, 2020

Regina Celeste Thomas was born May 20, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY and passed away from ALS on March 14, 2020 in La Mesa, CA.

Regina grew up during the World War II era; she watched her older siblings go off to war and/or to work on the war effort. Their example during this period helped mold her into the strong, remarkable woman she was. Regina was always optimistic and knew what it was like to work hard and how to get things done efficiently. She was the first in her family to graduate College. Regina was a very positive person who lovingly nurtured and was supportive of her family. She enjoyed sharing her wisdom, knowledge, ideas and opinions with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Regina is deeply loved by each and every one of them.

Regina enjoyed life to the fullest, her varied interests included creative arts such as painting, drawing, photography and more. She was a seamstress, enjoyed decorating her home and was involved in an Investment Club.

In her later years she enjoyed both domestic and international travel. Her favorite mode of travel was the river cruises she took through many European countries.

Regina’s passing was preceded by her siblings Agnes, Raymond, William, Joan, Joseph, Loretta (Micky) and Veronica (Ronnie) who were no doubt waiting lovingly in heaven for their younger sister.

Regina leaves a legacy of love & strength for: Sisters: Rosemary Burke and Grace Flynn-Smith; Son: Scott Daniels; Daughter Lisa (& Michael) Van Sickle. Five Grandchildren: Christopher (& Heather) Mead; Melissa (& Christopher) Cote; Gunner Van Sickle; Evan & Kyle Daniels. Four Great-grandchildren: Elijah & Hunter Cote; Audrey Regina & Tucker Mead. As well as a host of nieces, nephews, family members and friends. She was loved by many and we will miss her greatly.

Due to the current Corona Virus situation there will be a service for immediate family only. However, a Celebration of Life for Regina will be scheduled at a later date and notification will be provided.


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Regina Celeste Thomas

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Lisa Van Sickle

April 1, 2020

March 27, 2020
Dear Mom,
We are all together today to acknowledge and share both our joy in knowing someone as special as you and the pain that your passing brings to us all. You added so much to every life you touched. Your life was a life well lived. You will be in our hearts forever.
I was so fortunate to have a mother who cared about me, who believed in me and was there for me no matter what. Not only were you the best mom ever, you were also my best friend, my mentor and my rock. Our relationship meant the world to me. I could come to you about anything, whether I was happy, sad, excited, frustrated or mad. You were always available to listen, console or just be excited with or for me. I will miss our talks, our friendship and all the time we spent together whether it was shopping, going out to eat, sitting at home or going on trips together but most of all I will miss seeing your smiling face.
You have done so much for me throughout my life. Saying thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough. You gave me hope, dreams, strength and courage to get through whatever life sent my way. But most of all you taught me and gave me unconditional love.

I want to end by saying I am grateful to have had you as my mom and I am honored to have been your daughter. I know your presence will always be with me. I will continue to celebrate your life in all that I do. I love you and miss you immensely.
With All My Love,
Remembering you is easy,
I do it everyday,
Forever in my heart,
You will always stay.

Selina Garcia

March 28, 2020

Scott, My deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother. May she rest in eternal Paradise and suffer no more.

Katie Neutrelle-Nix

March 28, 2020

We were neighbors while she lived in Phoenix and a very good friend. I have happy memories of her and the many things we did together with our children.
We visited her in California and I knew she was happy to be close to her sisters.
She loved many and was loved by all that knew her.
She will be missed.
Love & prayers,
Katie Nix

Barbara Thomas Planchon

March 28, 2020

Dear Lisa, Rosemary and Family,
I know how very sad it is to lose those we love, but to lose the truly inspiring, exceptional Regina while her cognitive skills were intact is utterly crushing. Your months and months of excellent care giving are a tribute to your love for her and I am certain it comforted her and that she felt your deep emotions for her. You and your wonderful family mirror her exceptional qualities making it an honor to know you.
I will never forget beautiful Regina and her readiness to laugh and enjoy life, her wisdom, her ability to cope during difficult times and her superior inner beauty.
Hoping that one day our sadness will dissipate and our memories of her will bring us lasting strength and joy.
Much love to all,
Barbara Thomas Planchon

Ben Baker

March 26, 2020

Dear Lisa & Mike, Scott, Aunts Rosemary & Grace and all the family,
We are so sad to hear of our Aunt Regina’s passing, she will surely be missed by so many people. It’s not too often you get to know someone like her—truly one of the most generous, kind, and COOL people I’ve ever met. We have a lot of great memories with her which we’ll always cherish. When I moved to San Diego in 2009 she graciously let me stay at her home while I looked for my first job there and hunted for a place to live. She was ALWAYS smiling and happy when I came back home, even if I was a little late! We will miss you Aunt Regina, and want the whole fam to know we are thinking of them during this time.
Love Ben, Nicole, Colin, Tavi, and Lachlan

Elena Toombs

March 26, 2020

My earliest memories of this family were when Christopher started coming to my mom's daycare when I was about 10 years old. He became my buddy.
Most of my memories of Regina were when she, Lisa and I worked together at Flor Family Daycare. Regina is such a kind and generous person. Lisa became a very dear friend of mine as well.
When I think of this family I actually feel like Regina was my aunt, Lisa was my sister and the kids my nephews and niece. They have a way of making a friendship feel more like family. I miss you all very much. So sorry I will not be able to be there in person for her service.
Love and prayers,
Elena (Flor) Toombs

Richard Baker

March 26, 2020

Regina Remembrance
When I was a child living in Brooklyn, my Aunt Regina came to live with us. She was 7 years older than me but we were always very close. As a child, Regina and her boyfriend would take me to Coney Island. Regina and I would ride on all the big rides together. We would eat at Nathan’s. Regina was beautiful, inside and out. Eventually she started dating a young fireman, Tom Daniels. They married and lived happily, having two beautiful children, Scott and Lisa. At the ripe old age of 16, Regina asked me to be Godfather for their firstborn, Scott. We were so close that I was greatly honored and accepted the role. Regina and Tom moved to Levittown, LI and my father Edgar lost his job at the Brooklyn Navy Yard when it was closed down. He accepted a job in Endicott NY working for IBM and our family moved there in 1965. So, we didn’t see much of Regina at that time. In 1966 I got my “Uncle Sam” letter to take my physical for induction in to the military. I joined the Navy. We always remembered each other on our birthdays and sent each other funny cards. Since she was older, that was often the theme of the card. Regina and family moved to Phoenix AZ. After two years upstate NY going to school, I applied to colleges in FL, HI and AZ. I got accepted to all of them, but since Regina and Tom lived in AZ, I chose ASU. Tom invited me to live with them so I accepted the for my first semester. It was very generous of them and allowed me to strengthen my relationship with the family. Soon after my moving from their home, they moved to Eugene OR and so our communication reverted to an occasional telephone call and the annual birthday wishes. I will never forget the love and generosity of their family. Regina was truly an unforgettable person and I love her very much. Her sisters Rosemary and Grace and her daughter Lisa inherited many of the same positive attributes, and will surely miss Regina as I do. I never knew a better person!

Lorraine Driscoll

March 25, 2020

Lisa and Scott
I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Although I hadn’t seen her for many years, I remember what an upbeat person she was and always enjoyed being with her. My thoughts and prayers are with your family
Aunt Lorraine

Tim Daniels

March 24, 2020

Aunt Regina, you'll be missed by so many. Your quick humor and smile lit up the room and was so contagious to anyone that met you. We hope you're having cocktails in heaven with Mary - you were two peas in a New York pod.

Lisa & Mike, Scott, Rosemary, Grace & all the family - we love you and look forward to a time when we can truly celebrate the wonderful woman Regina was, and know she will live in all of our hearts forever.

With love and deepest condolences,
Tim & Theresa

Tina Scarlata

March 22, 2020

Gina's family , you have my deepest sympathy. Regina was kind, generous, and open hearted. She had class and grace under duress and disease. I will remember her optimism, quick laugh, and style. I will think of Gina when I pass a millinery shop or travel or just need someone to listen without judgment. You will be sorely missed Gina. I am so sorry for your family.