Gina Coniglio

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Coniglio, Gina M.
Gina Mari Coniglio, 56, of Westport, CT, died on Thursday, August 14 after a valiant 2 ½ year fight with colon cancer. She was born in Topeka, KS on July 17, 1958, to Faith and Gioacchino Coniglio. After graduating from Topeka High School, she went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, where she proudly played the flute and piccolo in the marching band. She served seven years in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps, decommissioning as a Lieutenant, and was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Brunswick, ME; Guam Naval Base; and Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. A woman of many talents, she went on to earn a Masters Degree from Pratt Institute, School of Art and Design, and worked for many years in Website design at Ogilvy Interactive Worldwide, culminating in a position as Senior Partner & Director of Information Architecture & Content Strategy. Later she worked for Modem Media and Pappas MacDonnell. She also found time in her busy schedule to earn a pastry chef degree from the Culinary Institute of America. Gina was proud of her Italian heritage, and visited her relatives in Sicily on several occasions. She was a devoted dog lover who rescued and rehabilitated three dogs from Humane Society Shelters, most recently her beloved pets Olivia & Elliot. Gina is survived by her parents, Faith & Gioacchino, Wichita, KS; one sister, Giuli Coniglio, and her husband, Dr. Michael Hobbs, both of Maryville, MO; two nephews; and ten cousins, especially Cathy Coniglio Walters, Emeryville, CA and Dr. Chad Boult, Boise, ID who were of great help to her during her illness; as well as countless dear friends. Her life and many talents will be celebrated on Monday, August 18, at a 2 pm memorial service at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Church Lane, Westport, CT. Interment will follow at a later date at the Cathedral Columbarium at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka, KS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County or Connecticut Humane Society-Westport.

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Published in Connecticut Post on Aug. 16, 2014
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