El meu insurrecció

In Memory Of A Departed Warrior

On Saturday, March 9, 2013, Marcina (Scacchi) Bruno, of Bellevue. Daughter of Margaret Coffman and the late Joseph Scacchi; loving mother of Col. Barry Wingard, Esq., Jason DuMont, Marlee Bruno Gilliam, P.A., Rachel Bruno, and the late Corey Meenan; grandmother of Erik, Viviana, Jack, and Ashley Wingard, Michael Danko, Joshua, Jacob, Brittany, and Renee DuMont, Hailee, and Perry Meenan, and Sherry O’Neil; great-grandmother of Caleb O’Neil; sister of Elmo Coffman, Rita Jo Bierer, Margaret, and Kelly Coffman and the late Bob Coffman of Fayette County. Marcina was a political and social activist, a lifelong RN most recently employed at Friendship Ridge in Beaver. Friends received Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. at the LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Assumption, Bellevue, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2013

Marcie was a tireless challenger of injustice where ever it was found.  Always on the front lines of protest and action and a provider of medical care to the wounded, Marcie was a fierce defender of the 99%.

One of her sons, Col. Barry Wingard, was a long time legal team member defending detainees at Guantanamo. Marcie had “adopted” 2 of Barry’s clients, Fayiz al-Kandarhi and Fawzi al-Odeh, and was deeply proud of their resilience and resolve toward freedom.  Both are now back with their families and friends in Kuwait due to the efforts of Barry and his team. Unfortunately, Marcie did not live to see their release.

This writer was with Marcie in the final weeks and days of her life and witnessed her incredible fight for others while, herself, weakening by the day.  In her final days, she battled for her fellow nurses, continued working as much as possible at her job, caring for her daughter and her mate & child, the herd of family pets, relatives and friends.

Marcie was a very dear friend… and a hero.  No saint, but a gift none the less.  Greatly missed and always remembered.



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