Dr. Jill Marie Balboni, age 36, died July 23, 2013, at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, following a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Jill was the loving daughter of Joseph Balboni Jr. and Debra (Gilbert) Galletti, both of Plymouth. She was well educated achieving excellent grades and enough credits to leave Sacred Heart High School in her junior year and attend the University of Central Florida, where she received her bachelors degree in Psychology. Following her graduation, Jills health began to decline and she moved back to Plymouth to be with her family while awaiting a lung transplant. During this time, her great-uncle Robert Balboni expressed his wish to donate his lungs if possible. In 1999, Jill did in fact receive this gift of life from her uncle Bobby. Once her health improved, Jill continued her passion for education be attending UMass-Boston, where she earned two masters degrees - one in leadership and management for non-profit and another in rehabilitation. Jill also attended Northeastern University, where she earned her Doctorate in Law and Policy. She was very excited to earn this degree and had hoped to utilize her knowledge to help make changes to the law and policies governing organ transplantation so that more people could benefit. She had worked as a private consultant most recently working in the mental health field and rehab counseling. She also worked as a medical and educational advocate. Jills zest for life pushed her to maintain strong strides towards always wanting to help those less fortunate. She loved learning, reading, shopping and spending quality time with her life partner John R. Figmic, and her dogs, Scampi and Miss Pickles. Besides leaving her partner and parents, Jill was the loving stepdaughter of Anne (Fraccalossi) Balboni and Darrly Galletti, both of Plymouth; the beloved sister of Douglas Balboni and his wife Rachel, Christopher Fraccalossi and his wife Tiggy all of Plymouth, Scott Galletti and his wife Audrey of Ho-Ho-kus, N.J., and Todd Galletti and his wife Kristen of Timonium, Md. She was the cherished granddaughter of Charles Gilbert of Duxbury and the late Bernice Gilbert, as well as the late Joseph Sr. and Janice Balboni. She was the dear aunt of 8 nieces and nephews and leaves several aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral will take place Saturday morning at 9:15 from the Cartmell Funeral Home, 150 Court St., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Marys Church, 313 Court St., Plymouth, at 10 a.m. Visitation was held at the Cartmell Funeral Home Friday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis, 220 North Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Make a Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Pl #201, Boston, MA 02114. For online guest book and directions, see www.cartmellfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Old Colony Memorial from July 25 to Aug. 1, 2013