Paula Ruscigno, 82, passed away peacefully at her home in Bryan, Texas on Sunday, October 15, 2017. She was born and raised in Tyler, Texas, where she graduated as a registered nurse from Texas Eastern School of Nursing. She was the first nurse to work with Dr. Jim Lindsey in his family medicine practice in Bryan, Texas. The pair of tall, slender Texans made a great team. Paula was a proficient nurse, who handled many of the responsibilities Dr. Lindsey had previously had to do himself.
Paula worked as a labor and delivery nurse for many years. She also worked in a plasma center in Hollywood, California. Paula finally landed in Corona where she and her husband Harry Ruscigno started Seatec, a company that manufactured dive equipment. Paula worked as the triage nurse and director of finance for their company; Harry was the engineer. Seatec was made famous when Hollywood canine and TV star, “Benji,” completed a dive wearing equipment that Harry designed.
Paula was a fun-loving, vivacious woman who enjoyed making people laugh. She was an active member in several organizations, including the Corona Chamber of Commerce, the Soroptimist Club of Corona, CA, and the Corona, Menifee/Sun City, and California chapters of the Woman’s Improvement Club. She was an excellent public speaker with natural leadership ability.
What Paula loved most was being with Harry. They were inseparable, whether working at the factory, scuba diving, flying planes, attending countless community and political organization functions, or spending time with their dogs, and an aviary full of birds. Paula also managed to find time to organize and make presentations at “her” clubs’ weekly meetings and yearly conferences, and she loved being the center of attention, especially at a casino with friends.
Paula is preceded in death by her husband, Harry Gilbert Ruscigno, who died in 2008, and former husband, Roy Crawford Pledger, who died in 2016. Although Harry and Roy never met, Paula always believed that they would have been the best of friends. Harry, the engineer, loved to scuba dive and fly planes. Roy was an athletic architect who played a mean game of handball and Ultimate Frisbee with his students at A&M.
Paula is survived by her sister Nancy Aguirre, Olympia, WA; her daughters Tobi Pledger (husband Bill Weber), Durham, NC; Rebecca Pledger Talley, Bryan, TX, her grandchildren, Christopher Ryan Talley (wife Nicole) Bryan, TX and Megan Elizabeth Talley (husband Rob Hockings), College Station, TX, and her great grandchildren Jesse Evan Talley and Paxton Talley Lewis.
In deference to her wishes, there will be no public ceremonies in either Texas or California. Instead, Paula would love you donate your time and/or money to your favorite community organization.Print This Obituary