Reasylvia Cicin Foley
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Reasylvia Cicin Foley
  • May 28, 1924 - April 27, 2017
  • New Bern, North Carolina

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Reasylvia Foley, passed away on April 27, 2017 in New Bern, NC. She was born in Skopje, Yugoslavia the daughter of Count Mario Cicin, and his wife Sophia. Reasylvia grew up in Belgrade in a multi-cultural society, speaking German, Italian, French, English, Serbo-Croatian and Russian.
Her father died in 1938, leaving Reasylvia, 16 years old, alone with her mother at the onset of World War II. She and her mother fled Yugoslavia seeking refuge in Mittersill, Austria, as Russian troops approached. They had one suitcase between them.
In April 1945 Mittersill was liberated by American troops, who Reasylvia credited with saving her life. After the war, she worked as a translator in a Displaced Persons Camp just outside of Salzburg, Austria where she was relocated with her mother. During the years in the Camp, Reasylvia also attended Medical School at the University of Innsbruck.
In November 1949, Reasylvia and her mother immigrated to Pittsburgh, PA where she secured a job on Dr. Jonas Salk's team with the development of the polio vaccine. In 1953 she met and married Thomas Foley, the love of her life, and they enjoyed 57 years of marriage. She established a successful career as an antiques dealer and pursued her love of history at every opportunity. She is survived by her daughters Moira Laviolette (Bruce) and Sylvia Foley, and granddaughters Alexa LLerena (Diego), Rebecca Plett (Marlon Ruiz) and great-grandson Luka LLerena.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday May 26, 2017 at 2:00PM at Old St. Paul's Catholic Church, 504 Middle St, New Bern, NC. Following the service light refreshments will be served at 215 Hancock Street, New Bern, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hope for the Warriors, 8003 Forbes Place Suite 201, Springfield VA 22151.