Patricia Marzicola

Patricia (Fragiacomo) Marzicola Ph.D.

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Patricia (Fragiacomo) Marzicola, PhD., 74, a resident of Rancho Mirage, Calif. passed away on February 16, 2011 after a four year battle against cancer.

She was born in Los Angeles on November 6, 1936, one of three children born to Antonio and Dorothy Fragiacomo. Patricia leaves behind her beloved husband of 46 years, John Marzicola of Rancho Mirage; and is also survived by her sister, Natalie Rinaldi of Rancho Palos Verdes, as well as three nephews, William Crawford, Steve Crawford and Scott Fragiacomo. Patricia is also survived by five step children, JoAnn Cummins, John Marzicola, Dr. Steven Marzicola, Linda Cline and Laurie King; twelve grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Patricia graduated from Washington High School in Los Angeles and received two Masters of Arts degrees, the first from the University of Southern California and the second from the University of California Redlands. She received her PhD from the Professional School of Psychological Studies in San Diego and received her California State License of Clinical Psychology in 1988. Patricia was a member of the Coachella Valley chapter of the Alpha Phi Sorority and also served one term as President of the Faculty Women's Club of College of the Desert. During Patricia's career as a respected clinical psychologist, she managed the Riverside County Methadone Drug Treatment program in Coachella Valley and Blythe. She later practiced at Family Services of the Desert before entering into private practice in Rancho Mirage and serving as a consultant to the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center and to the Betty Ford Center, as well as earning the title of Forensic Psychologist and being a highly regarded mediator in child custody cases.

Beyond her professional career, Patricia was an accomplished violinist who, at one time, performed with the Palm Springs Symphony Orchestra. She will always be remembered for her sweet and gentle nature which was expressed, in part, by her love of painting and her love of gardening which she learned from her father, an Italian immigrant who owned a plant nursery in Los Angeles; by the enjoyment she received feeding and tending to the swans at Lake Mirage Racquet Club; and above all, by the sincere and caring relationships she shared with her family and her many friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Burial services were held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City on Tuesday, February 21, 2011.

Published in The Desert Sun on February 25, 2011