Regina Elizabeth Redman -Lollobrigido was a kind, spirited, and loving mother, daughter, sister, friend, and coworker. Regina died just 4 days shy of her 45thbirthday, as a result of a senseless act of domestic violence by her husband. She died in the Reston Hospital ICU on September 26th, 2021, after fighting to survive the brutal injuries suffered upon her 7 days prior. On numerous occasions, Regina had previously sought support as a survivor of domestic violence during her marriage. Her death has left a deep void in many hearts and she will be forever missed.
Regina was a resident of Loudoun County for most of her life and graduated from Park View High School in 1995. She was married in 2000, and was gifted with the birth of her beloved son, Jack, in 2005. Regina began work as a Quality Control Agent for USInspect, and remained their loyal employee for the next 17 years. Regina was always driven to achieve, even as a full-time working mom, and in 2019, Regina accomplished an associate degree in business from Northern Virginia Community College and received her business degree from Southern New Hampshire University.
Regina loved to be around children. Regina had a fun loving, joyful, and playful way with the kids, and they loved to be around her as well. Regina was deeply involved with her son’s schooling and always passionately volunteered to help at whatever school Jack was attending. Regina’s most recent and beloved employment was at Hovatter Elementary School as a substitute teacher. It was this job that inspired her to pursue her BA in education. Her life was unfairly cut short before she was able to complete her degree.
Regina was a generous and giving soul who loved to participate in events that brought her community together. She enjoyed running in many charity 5k’s and 10k’s alongside her son, Jack. She and Jack were also enthusiastic Baltimore Ravens fans. Regina also had a non-conformist streak and always loved to root for the “little guy.” She was most fulfilled by the joy of giving, and often performed random acts of kindness. The joy of watching her recipient’s reactions to her unexpected kindnesses caused her pure delight.
Regina was famously The Grateful Dead’s biggest fan. She was the queen of Grateful Dead trivia and could name every album, site all sorts of band member facts, and sing every song. She positively beamed when she and her brother, Eric, had the opportunity to take her son to his first Dead & Co show in the summer of 2018. Attending shows was the highlight of her year, and she made every effort to attend a concert with her brother whenever the band was coming through town. Regina loved her family most of all. During a period of her grandfather’s (Pop-Pop’s) waning health, she felt it important to move her family to North Carolina in order to be nearer to him and her sister, Audrey (Patsy). She was proud to be able to spend the last 2 years of her Pop-Pop’s life by his side, along with her sister, sitting on the porch while Pop-Pop drank his Miller Lite, just taking in his life stories and laughing.
Regina is survived by her son, Jack Redman Lollobrigido; her loving mother, Mellanie Lynn Cromwell; her dear brother, Eric Clifford Redman; her dear sister, Audrey Patricia Redman; her adoring nieces, Rylynn Elizabeth Oswalt and Lillian Jo McDermott; her adoring nephews, Sage Lawrence Redman and Jameson Redman Moss; her Aunt and Uncle, Sandy and Chris Cromwell of Buffalo, NY; her cherished Aunt, Robin Ann Chase of NC; her Aunt and Uncle, Kelly and Jim Smart of WA; her Aunt and Uncle, Mabel Graham and Leo Smith of Baltimore, MD; Cousins, Austin Cromwell, Autumn Cromwell, Tori Cromwell, Adam Chase, Sara Smart, Daniel Smart, Dave Canham; as well as many other cousins around the country.
Regina is preceded in death by her father, Roy Redman; as well as her most cherished grandparents, SgtMaj L. R. Cromwell, and Catherine P. Cromwell.
Above all else, Regina was loved. Truly and deeply loved. She was loved by her family, her friends, her students, and her co-workers. She will be remembered for her sunshine filled smile and spirit, for her kind nature, for her generosity, her love for life and music, and especially for her deep love of her family and special friends. We urge all who read Regina’s story to remember her, as we do, and to reflect on the circumstances that lead to her tragic death. We can each play a role to prevent this from happening to anyone else. We are hoping that through awareness, other families will be helped from experiencing this type of tragedy.
Her family are eternally grateful to all those who have supported Regina on her journey, and they would also like their message to be heard: If you ever find yourself in crisis, if you ever find yourself or someone you love facing domestic violence or in a situation you don’t know how to escape… reach out. No issue is too small. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), text “START” to 88788, or chat live at www.thehotline.org.
A graveside service will be Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 3:00 PM at Onslow Memorial Park in Jacksonville, NC with Pastor Daniel Flynn officiating.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The family has requested, please wear something with the color purple to the vigil and services to show your support for Domestic Violence Awareness.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) at www.lcsj.org