February 4, 1951 – March 17, 2021
Linda Fasciani, 70, passed away on March 17, 2021 with her beloved husband by her side. Born in Brooklyn on February 4, 1951 and raised in Greenwich Village by Lou and Marge Messina, she was a true New Yorker at heart.
As a student at Cathedral High School, Linda was studious - earning numerous awards for perfect attendance and knowledge of religion. Volunteering as a candy striper at St. Vincent’s Hospital lit the spark in her to pursue a career in nursing. At Roosevelt Hospital School of Nursing, she learned invaluable lessons in meeting patient needs through knowledge, skill, and compassion. Linda pursued her bachelor’s degree from Pace University where she met the love of her life - Jim. He asked her to slow dance at the Cranberry Crush and afterwards, she hastily jotted down his number on a napkin. Four years later, the two were happily married at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich Village. Linda proudly earned her master’s degree in nursing from Wagner College after years of hard work and long hours. Regardless of educational and career demands, Linda’s top priority was to start a family, and she was overjoyed with the arrival of her son, Joel, and daughter, Lauren (the shining stars of her life). After working in coronary care, intensive care, and emergency room departments, she came to the realization that she wanted to specialize in pediatrics - reflecting her devotion to caring for children.
Linda and Jim decided to make the big jump and leave New York for scenic Lake Mohawk in Sparta, New Jersey. She continued to develop her career with a shift towards nursing education. Linda earned the honor of becoming a tenured associate professor with the County College of Morris. She also took pride in becoming a contributing author of clinical nursing textbooks. Linda especially loved her role as a clinical instructor in the Nursing Education Department at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. She was honored to travel nationally and internationally to Geneva, Switzerland to present at healthcare conferences associated with the World Health Organization. After 44 years of working, Linda was ready to transition from work to play.
In retirement at Leisure Village West, Linda looked forward to spending summer days with friends at the pool and competing in Rummikub, Bocce Club, and table top shuffleboard throughout the year. As an animal lover and admirer of natural wildlife, she enjoyed participating in Nature Club and especially loved the fun found at the annual Pet Parade. She enjoyed participating in ORT and Caritas, designed to empower people and support communities. Most importantly, Linda was grateful for the meaningful friendships that she developed within the Leisure Village West community. After years of researching national parks and accumulated brochures of places to visit on her bucket list, retirement allowed Linda and Jim to visit many national parks, fulfilling their lifelong dream. As an avid reader, there was never a time when Linda didn’t have a book in her hands. Her love of reading helps to explain why she was so hard to beat at a game of Scrabble or Jeopardy. A treasured moment (if you were lucky enough to catch it) was hearing her sing one of her favorite songs. However, food was the gift that she lovingly shared with friends and family. She would find out your favorite meal and happily spend all day making it just for you.
After 48 years of marriage, Linda will be tenderly missed by her husband Jim (who she lovingly referred to as her “one in a million”). She knew she could rely on him for laughter and playfulness to balance her sometimes no-nonsense disposition. They were a great team, complimenting each other’s personality, and intuitively knowing how to meet each other’s needs. As a mother, Linda’s love for her children was endless. Nothing was more important than ensuring her children’s happiness and well-being. What they will remember will be a string of doting moments (both big and seemingly so small) that accumulate to who she was as a mother - attentive, thoughtful, supportive, kind, and forgiving.
Linda will be lovingly missed by Guy Fasciani (father-in-law); Joan and Rory O’Connor, Joyce and Dennis Maffettone, John and Jaime Fasciani (sister-and brother-in-laws); Brian O’Connor, Nicole, August, and Patrick Johnson, Michelle Grogan (nephews and nieces); Yoko Yamamoto (daughter-in-law), and AJ Ferrer (who has become a part of the family). Equally important to Linda were her cousins and close friends. She appreciated all those who were there by her side and assisted her in times of need.
These words could never capture the enormous spirit of Linda. Her fierce bravery and humbleness in the face of daunting challenges resonated with many who knew Linda not to complain, but understood her vulnerability. Her irreplaceable absence can only be offset by the incredibly fond memories that friends and family hold dear to their hearts.
The following services for Linda are as follows: Cremation was held privately. A visitation with the family will be held on Friday, March 26th, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a religious ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at the Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Rd., Manchester, NJ. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, March 27th at 12 noon at the Saint Maximilian-Kolbe Roman Catholic Church, 130 St. Maximilian Ln, Toms River, NJ 08757. A reminder that all visitors to the funeral home and church are required to wear a facial covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that a donation be made in memory of Linda to any of the following charitable organizations:
St. Joseph’s Indian School, PO Box 100, Chamberlain, SD 57325- www.stjo.org/flowers
Organization for Educational Resources and Technological Training (ORT), (Payable to) ORT ℅ Elaine Baron, 39B Sterling St., Manchester, NJ 08759
Sierra Club, Attn: Membership Dept., PO Box 7059, Merrifield, VA 22116-7059- www.sierraclub.org/ways-to-give
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Susan and Thomas Volpe
March 25, 2021
Our memory of Linda is held as a part of a past and continued life friendship between Linda's daughter Lauren and our daughter Melissa. The girls have been friends since grade school and still remained close through the years even thought we moved 3,000 miles to California. Melissa moved back and she and Lauren have reasserted their friendship. We thank Linda for being a great mom to Melissa's best long time friend Lauren. We will always remember Linda fondly by memories we shared of our daughters childhood to adult life. This was a delightful time in all our lives. You will remain in our hearts and minds. Love the Volpe' family of Byram Township New Jersey.
March 24, 2021
Linda was a relatively new member of Ort but she jumped in head first to help, particularly with the July 4 picnic. She was a member of our board and will be missed. Also enjoyed chatting with her at and in the pool. She was competitive and one of my “words with Friends” buddies. A gentle soul and May she RIP
March 23, 2021
I have many great memories of my cousin Linda ,we always had good times together growing up. I remember one time when I was living in Arizona she called me and told me she was coming to visit me she said I need a Messina fix that was our maiden name .she came to visit and we had a Blast listening to oldies music lounging in the pool and eating junk food ,what I would give for one more of those visits. Rest In Peace my cousin till we meet again Love you Carol
March 23, 2021
I took a liking to Linda the moment I met her on the bocce courts. As I had just recovered from cancer, Linda heard someone ask me how I felt and later made her way over to me to talk and she shared her story. What a story it was and yet she did not feel sorry for herself in any way. I always loved to see her at bocce or the Dog Day Afternoon where she would walk Joan’s dogs around in costume (picture attached). I truly will miss her, she was such a warm and wonderful friend. God rest your soul, Linda - fly high and save a seat for me at your table.
March 23, 2021
My condolences to the Fasciani family. Linda was my dear friend I’ll miss our daily morning text’s, talking about what we were going to watch on Netflix next, spending afternoons at the pool and Friday nights at rummy-q but most of all just laughing at silly things. I’ll miss you Linda rest eternal
March 20, 2021
My condolences to guy and his family. Linda was a very sweet woman, even when you knew she was not feeling well. Rip Linda