2015-06-25 / Obituaries

Regina McIlwaine Sparks

Regina Sparks, 76, of Mariposa, passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack at her home in California on

Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

Regina was born in Lancaster, Ohio on Sept. 22, 1938, to the late Joseph and Cecelia (Hritz) Dupler. Regina graduated from Saint Mary’s Catholic High School in Lancaster, Ohio in the class of 1956.

Regina moved to California a few years ago to help her son, John, with his nursery and florist shop. She became a Master Gardener in 2005. She loved gardening and considered herself to be a caregiver to flowers, plants and trees. Regina loved to travel and spent a lot of time on the California coast. She also made many trips to Pataskala, Ohio visiting her family and friends. She recently spent several months visiting Ohio and returned home to California on May 24.

She is survived by her children, David (Kelly) Mcllwaine, John Mcllwaine, Paul (Kim) Mcllwaine and her grandchildren, Jessica, Aaron, Neena and Taylor. She also has many friends from her graduating class of 1956.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Mcllwaine.

Cremation has taken place in California. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Mariposa Senior Center, 5246 Spriggs Lane in Mariposa.

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