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Abeles, Virginia Lee "Gina"(Godwin)
Of West Townsend, MA passed away peacefully on Friday, January 25, 2013; she was surrounded by family and friends. Gina was born April 29th 1936 in Evanston, IL and raised along with her sister Nancy Penelope Ridings-Johns (deceased) by parents, Nancy Marsh, Harry E. Godwin (Memphis Jazz & Blues historian), and mentor-stepmom Florence K. Godwin. She graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1953 and earned a BA in Fine Arts from Indiana University in 1957. Gina went on to receive her PhD in Social Psychology from Boston University in 1975. Most notable in her field of research was the publication Double Bind: The Foundation of Communicational Approach to the Family, to which she contributed a chapter on the Double Bind theory of schizophrenia. Her writings unveiled a wealth of research possibilities for the exploration of the impact of that model and continues to be referenced today. While residing in Newton, MA and raising her two children from 1964 to 2001, Gina was a talented Graphic Designer for many years prior to joining the staff of Thinking Machines Corporation (Oracle) as a Technical Writer, where she worked until her retirement in 2003. She had a deep passion for art, photography, reading, animals and most especially horses which would become the center of her life as she fulfilled the life-long dream of having her own farm, Bittersweet Farm, in West Townsend, MA beginning in 2001. She will be equally remembered as a devoted mother and friend to her extended "fambly", for her keen wit, dry sense of humor, intelligence, love of words, determination and hard work, bravery, and absolute uniqueness. Gina is survived by her children Shoshanna Abeles (Thomas Bregman) of Cornwall, NY; David Abeles (Laurie) of Whitinsville, MA; along with ex-husband Sigmund Abeles, sister Joni Carluzzo (Dennis), brothers Denison P., Robert E., and James B. Godwin (Beverly). Additionally, she was loved and supported throughout her life by her cousins Robert Ulrich (Barbara) and Richard Ulrich (Shawn) of St. Petersburg, FL. Heartfelt thanks are extended to Holly Raymond and Gina's horse friends who made the years on Bittersweet Farm possible, as well as the staff at Life Care of Nashoba Valley and Season's Hospice who provided her with exceptional care. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Gina's name to The Wilderness Society.

Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 17, 2013
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