Funeral Services Set for Kingsford’s Maureen Gauzza
Maureen Gauzza, the force behind the original, local effort to convince Hillsborough County to build the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library near Westchase, passed away after a long illness on July 3.
Her husband, Charlie, and she moved into Kingsford in August of 1998.
Gauzza, along with residents who made up the early executive committee of the UTB Regional Friends group, heavily lobbied the Hillsborough County Commission and won both funding and a Westchase location for the original 15,000 square foot library, which opened in January 2005.
Subsequently serving as president of the UTB Regional Friends group for a decade, Gauzza, her UTB Friends chapter and the UTB Library Foundation didn’t rest after the original library’s opening. Declaring that the originally designed library wasn’t large enough to meet the demand in this part of the county, she and the library groups also raised funds and lobbied for an 11,000 square foot expansion, bringing the library to a total of 26,000 square feet. It was dedicated in May of 2014.
Gauzza’s visitation viewing will be held Friday, July 7, from 5:30–7 p.m. at Macdonald Funeral Home, 10520 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa (813-933-4950). Her funeral mass will be held Saturday, July 8, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 5225 N. Himes Ave. in Tampa. Following the mass at 3 p.m., Gauzza will be laid to rest at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road, in Palm Harbor.
She is survived by her husband, Charlie, of 51 years, and two daughters. Her daughter Sharon Gauzza Potts resides in West Park Village with Gauzza’s grandchildren, Justin, Jared and Julia Potts. Gauzza is also survived by her daughter Christine Harvey, Christine’s husband John, and grandchildren Christopher, Savannah and Alexandria Harvey of Highland Village, TX.
Gauzza is also survived by her brother Gus Beirne and his wife, Jill, of Spring Hill, FL, and her sister-in-law, Rita Beirne of Summerville, SC.
She was predeceased by her beloved parents, Margaret and Augustine Beirne, and beloved brothers, Frank and John Beirne.
WOW's staff and board offers their condolences to all of her family.
PHOTO INSET: Kingsford's Maureen Gauzza, flanked by her Westchase family. Her husband Charlie stands to the right and her daughter, Sharon Potts of West Park Village, to her left along with her grandchildren, Justin, Jared and Julia. The photo was taken at the January 2015 dedication of the Maureen Gauzza community room at the UTB Regional Library.
By Chris Barrett, Publisher