Margaret Theresa (Magazino) Kumiega entered the loving embrace of her heavenly Father on April 15, 2022. She passed peacefully, in her home, surrounded by her children.
Maggie, as she was known by her family and friends, was the eldest daughter born to the late Elizabeth (Ill) and James Magazino on March 28, 1942, in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Lebanon High School, Maggie went on to become a nurse. She left nursing when she married Walter J. Kumiega to become a military wife and mother. During their marriage, Maggie lived in many states across the US before the family settled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana upon Walter’s retirement from the Army.
Maggie was known for her love of God, and the abundant faith born from that love. It was her faith that sustained her during her life-long journey of self-development. She held an ardent belief that, despite life’s barriers, everyone has the ability to grow into their best self, with God’s help. Having come from a tumultuous background, she put her belief into action, one step at a time, by faith. These characteristics manifested both spiritually and practically; particularly after her marriage ended. Maggie reentered the workforce, after more than a twenty-year hiatus, to support herself and her children by starting her own business. Despite the many challenges of being self-employed while raising children as a single parent, her faith remained strong and her love of God constant.
Family and friends will fondly remember Maggie for her infectious laughter, her extroverted nature, her love of flamingos and turtles, and her liberal use of gifs in her texts. Maggie will be lovingly remembered by her sons Anthony, with his wife Debbie, and Andrew, with his wife Annemieke; her daughters Christine Magazino, Katharine, and Joann; her grandchildren Melissa Diabo, with her husband Joe, Jacob, and Justin; her great-grandchildren Phoenix Diabo, Skylor Diabo, and Caleb Gianni; her brother James Magazino; her sisters Mary Bowman and Bernadette Rush; her sister-in-law Susan Magazino; and a gaggle of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Maggie will also be remembered by the scores of people, from all walks of life, whom she loved like family. It has been through the countless blessings of these – her chosen family members – that Maggie’s love continues to manifest for her surviving relatives.
Maggie has joyfully reunited with those who have preceded her in death. Her mother and father; her brothers Francis, Michael, and Anthony; her sisters-in-law Judith and Pam Magazino; and her great-grandson Blaise Gardner.
A memorial service for Maggie will be held on Saturday, May 21st at Grace Life Fellowship, 10210 Barringer Foreman Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Family visitation will begin at 2:00pm, followed by a celebration of life at 3:00pm. Her children will then scatter her ashes in a private goodbye.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to one of the organizations doing work that was close to Maggie’s heart – child welfare. If you are not already connected with a child welfare organization, please consider donating, in memory of Maggie, to National Children’s Alliance, or CARE. The mission of both organizations is to elevate communities, through meaningful support for families, by focusing on the health and safety of children and their mothers.