Gina Balistreri

Died: Tue., Jan. 15, 2013


6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Fri., Jan. 18, 2013
Location: MacDonald Funeral Home

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 19, 2013
Location: St Mary's Catholic Church

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Sat., Jan. 19, 2013
Location: St Mary's Catholic Church

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Gina Balistreri,age 28 returned home to the Lord on January 15, 2013. She was born March 30, 1984 to Suzi (Macar) and Lenny Balistreri, Tampa, Florida.

Gina showed an interest in music at an early age and began taking piano and violin lessons. At age 12 she placed third in the Young Artist Piano Competition sponsored by the Gulf Coast Symphony and continued competitive events through high school. Classical music was her passion, but she loved big band music and jazz. She was an avid swing dancer.

In 2002, she was hired as a pastoral musician at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zephyrhills playing overflow masses at the Parish Center for the season. She was a member of the Contemporary Ensemble and the Adult Choir and sang in their respective concerts from 2003-2007. For the First Winter Concert Series sponsored by the Music Ministry, she performed a solo concert of classical repertoire on March 6, 2006.

Recently she returned to college to further her musical studies. She was First Chair, Second Violins of the Dade City Symphony for the 2011-2012 season.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Evelyn Macar and her paternal grandfathers, Mr. Leonard Balistreri and Mr. MC Lee.

Left to cherish her memory are her parents, her maternal grandfather Mr. Alex Macar, her paternal grandmother Mrs. Francis Lee, her maternal uncles, Bob Macar and wife Robin, Alex V. Macar, Rich Macar and wife Amy and her paternal aunt Janet Waddel and husband Brooks.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, January 18th from 6:30 PM -8:30 PM at MacDonald Funeral Home, 10520 N Florida Ave, Tampa. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 15520 N. Boulevard, Tampa on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. Family will receive friends at 9:30 AM prior to the Mass. Interment will take place at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater, Florida.

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Phyllis Kopytko (SPIN)
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Dear Susan & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Nothing can console you when the loss of your child is involved. I know that through time the pain will change. May the memories of the gift of her life be strong and help you through this time of pain. I remember Gina, always so happy & full of pride for her mother. Her kindness will be remembered. God be with you. Fondly, Phyllis

   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Dear Susie,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of mourning. I will always remember Gina happy and laughing out loud in the office. God bless you and your family.

Mary ( Dr. Hoffman's office )

   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Dear Susie,

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. I will always remember Gina laughter.

April (Dr.Hoffman offices)

Richard & Patricia Geoffrion
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Dear Susie,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

We were happy to see her & speak with her Christmas Eve.

Our prayers are with you and the family.

Love to you, Rich & Pat

Denis & Jeannie Grealish
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Dearest Susie, Lenny, and Family,

Our hearts ache with your pain of Gina's passing, but we know she is with God and is in total peace.
Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Forever,
Denis & Jeannie Grealish

Stephanie Speer-Hagland
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Mrs. Suzie,
I am so sorry to hear about Gina. My best memories of her are when we were in 3rd grade and had sleep-overs! I pray she is happy and in her Grandma's arms singing for Jesus!
With Deepest sympathy,
Stephanie Speer-Hagland

Pam and Tom Carr
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Tom and I want to express our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this sad time. It is in dying that we see the eternal life and those of us left behind find comfort in knowing our loved ones are with God. May God wrap his arms around you and give you strength and comfort in the days to come.

Linda Gilbert
   Posted Sat January 19, 2013
We are so sorry for the loss of Gina. May God give you comfort and strength now and in the days to come. What a happy time it will be when all suffering and death will be gone from this earth. Revelation 21:3,4 Be assured that God is also saddened by the loss of Gina. Ezekiel 18:32

Shirley Yager
   Posted Sat January 19, 2013
Dear Susie: I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.
The reason I was not there was because we were out of town.
I am so greatful that I got to speak with 3 weeks ago.

Joette (Tantlinger) Blades
   Posted Sun January 20, 2013
Suzi & Lenny,

There are no words to truly express how very sorry I am. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. I pray that in the coming days that you can find rest in Jesus' loving arms holding you close. I love you....

Joette (Tantlinger) Blades

Stephanie Storch
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Gina. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time. I know your families strength and faith will help you heal your heavy hearts. Love to all. Stephanie

Pat Hennessy
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
Susie: I am so saddened by Gina's death. She was such a sweetheart. She was so talented and a true gift to those who knew her. May God bless and keep you in his arms.

p.s. Emi also offered her condolences.