Marcella  Hickey

Marcella T. Hickey

Friday, July 2nd, 1943 - Sunday, April 21st, 2019
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Marcella Teresa Hickey, age 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Easter Sunday, April 21.
Marcella was born and raised in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. She was educated by Josephite nuns at Holy Cross Elementary School and St Joseph's High School graduating in 1961. Growing up in a working class neighborhood of Brooklyn, she learned the value and honor of work and education. Marcella went on to receive a diploma from the School of Nursing at Kings County Hospital Center in 1963 fulfilling her dream of becoming a nurse. In 1975, she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brooklyn College. She did her clinical studies for Nurse Midwifery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 1976 and became a certified Nurse Midwife from the American College of Nurse-Midwives in the same year. She moved to Charleston, S.C. to practice as a nurse midwife at the College of Nursing of the Medical University of South Carolina. In 1986 she received her Master of Science in Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin and was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Marcella served as an Assistant Professor for many years at the College of Nursing in the Nurse Midwife Program at the Medical University of South Carolina and as the Program Director before retiring in 2014 with the title of Professor Emerita. Her many honors include being elected as a Fellow in the American College of Nurse Midwives and in 2003 she was given the ACMN's Region III Award for Excellence in Practice.
Marcella delivered hundreds of babies and taught many students. She touched the lives of so many as a published author, a clinician and educator in the area of nurse midwifery.
Marcella loved her friends, her career and her life in her Charleston. She was the perfect host for anyone who came to visit the city and would give her guests the “local” tour of the town. She joyfully volunteered for many years at Charleston's Spoleto Festival enjoying the evenings filled with music and theater. Marcella was a long time parishioner at Sacred Heart in Charleston and after moving north, she worshiped at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Bay Head, New Jersey. Marcella loved to garden and she loved the view from her home in Charleston which looked out onto the river. She considered herself a southern lady, even though she was once told by someone, while she was driving with NY license plates,
"Hey, Yankee! Go Home!"
After beating breast cancer in 2006, Marcella became involved with Dragon Boat Charleston for breast cancer survivors. She loved the Dragon Boat Community and all the inspiring people she met as well as the physical challenges that came with paddling with a team on a 48 foot vessel. In 2010, Marcella and her friends even posed nude for a Dragon Boat calendar that helped raise funds for the group. She was stylish and always dressed up for every occasion with her signature hats, jewelry and purple accents.
She resided in Charleston until 2017 when she moved to New Jersey to be closer to family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Denis and Marcella Hickey, brothers-in-law Gregory Sinis and Louis Rinaldi and her beloved rescue dogs, Tara Brown, Beebee, Cassie, Mucky and her sweet Pitt Bull, Pucky.
Marcella is survived by her loving sisters, Eileen Rinaldi and Mary Sinis; her nieces Christina DeVoll and husband David, Louisa Sorino and husband Fred, Ellen Badger and husband Jeff, her great-neices and nephews, Marie, Theodore, Peyton, Jake and Zachary as well as her sweet dog Abigail, whom Marcella rescued from a life as a breeding mamma dog.
A Mass will be said for Marcella at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 888 King Street, Charleston, SC on Saturday, May 18th at 4:30 pm.
We will be wearing Marcella's favorite color, purple, in her honor.
In lieu of flowers, please consider rescuing a dog in Marcella's name, donating to your favorite animal rescue or making a donation to Dragon Boat Charleston.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Brick
    505 Burnt Tavern Road Extension
    BRICK, NJ 08724
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    In lieu of flowers, please consider rescuing a dog in Marcella's name, donating to your favorite animal rescue or making a donation to Dragon Boat Charleston.
  • Service

    Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Friday, April 26th, 2019 10:30am
    Sacred Heart Church
    751 Main Avenue (Highway 35)
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    A second memorial Mass will be offered in at Sacred Heart RC Church 888 King Street Charleston SC on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 4:30pm
    Fr. Doug Freer
  • Interment

    Private Cremation
    4201 Rt. 33
    Tinton Falls, NJ
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Leonora S. Horton

Posted at 09:41pm

I pray for peace and comfort for Marcella’s family. It saddens my heart that she has left us so soon. Marcella was a friend and mentor to me over the past 29 years. She was a kind, generous soul and a powerful advocate for the women and students she served. I have included a photo of Marcella wearing one of her many signature hats. She will be deeply missed.
However, we take solace in knowing “he who believes, though he may die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes shall never die” John 11:25:26


Posted at 01:45pm
For over 50yrs., Marcella and I have been friends. We practiced together professionally, taught, enjoyed the theater and music, paddled and shared family stories together. We were involved in each other's lives through all sorts of ups and downs and Marcella could always be counted on to be supportive and honest. Marcella was such a caring, smart, family loving, charitable person who has influenced innumerable lives. Our lives were enriched because of Marcella and her passing has left an Incredible void. RIP dear Marcella

Dorothy Macchia

Posted at 11:57pm
Our deepest condolences on the loss of a loving sister,aunt, aunt in law,and great aunt to 5 nieces and nephews. Her accomplishments in life were very commendable. While we only knew Marcella for a short time she certainly shared her warmness with us and we always enjoyed being in her company. May her loving family find peace during this difficult time and may her soul rest in peace.
Dot Olsen Macchia and Arlene Olsen (SHRAS)

Barbara Jimenez

Posted at 09:12pm
Dear Eileen, Mary and Girls,
We are so sorry to hear of Marcella's passing. I am so happy that I was able to spend a little time with her at her beloved Charleston home a few years ago. She was a lovely southern lady! Prayers to all. May she Rest In Peace.
Love, Barbara, Jimmy, Nicole, Denise and Alex Jimenez

Kristen and Royal Olson

Posted at 12:33pm
Our family was blessed to have known Aunt Marcella. With loving memories,
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