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Photo courtesy of Rescigno Family The Rescignos in happy times surrounded by their children. From left: Stanley, Joseph, Daniel, Amelia, Marian, Thomas and Tricia.

Husband and wife die within 36 hours of each other with COVID, leave 5 children

            Family thankful for community support – GoFundMe set up to help with expenses

            A Pickens County family is grieving an unbelievable loss after Stanley and Tricia Rescigno died within 36 hours of each other last week after being hospitalized with COVID for several weeks. The mother and father left behind five children, the youngest just 15.

            Stanley and Tricia Rescigno, ages 58 and 49 respectively, lost their battle with COVID on Thursday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 4th, respectively. They had lived in Jasper for 20 years. Tricia was a real estate agent while Stanley owned a small business.

            They leave behind five children, the youngest – ages 15 and 16 – will be taken in by the family’s older children. All of the children attended school in Pickens County and have worked in the community.

            According to Steven Dobson, the Rescigno’s son-in-law, the husband and wife spent three weeks in the hospital.

            “We are just overwhelmed with the amount of love and support we have received from our community,” said daughter Amelia Rescigno. “In the worst, most unimaginable time of our lives, our community has truly held us up. The kind messages, calls, dinners, donations and most of all prayers are more appreciated than you know. We are heartbroken and scared but truly we are blessed even in the chaos. We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts.”

            A GoFundMe has been set up to help with funeral costs and future expenses for the youngest children. The fundraiser is called “Rescigno Family Relief Funds” on GoFundMe and as of Tuesday afternoon had raised over $32,000. The fundraising page said the Rescigno’s did not have any life insurance or funding set up for their funerals. In addition, Marian, Amelia and Daniel (the oldest siblings) would be “supporting their younger brothers and can use all the support they can get.”

            Mr. and Mrs. Rescigno’s obituaries appear on page 8-9A. Visitation is Friday, September 10th from 5-8 p.m. and the memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11th at Roper Funeral Home.

            The number of Georgians who have died from COVID-19 surpassed 20,000 as of Monday, Sept. 6th, according to the North Georgia Health District. In Pickens, there have been 70 confirmed COVID deaths out of 3,147 cases so far. There have been 265 hospitalizations in Pickens County from COVID and, over the past 14 days, there have been 241 new cases here.

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