Regina Mistretta Pine

  • Died: September 7, 2021
  • Location: Newtown, Pennsylvania

Swartz-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

323 East Washington Avenue
Newtown, PA 18940

Tel. (215) 968-3891

Tribute & Message From The Family

Regina Mistretta Pine passed away after battling cancer for 2 years, early in the morning on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in her home, surrounded by her husband and children. She was born in 1953 in New York, NY, and she resided in Newtown, PA for many years. An active member of her local parish, the Church of St. Andrew, Gina loved Jesus Christ and her Catholic faith. With her husband, she owned Salve Regina Catholic Book and Gift Store for 25 years in Newtown Borough, and, through the store, she led many pilgrimages to Medjugorje and other holy sites. She is survived by her husband, Barry; her children, Rebecca and her husband Daniel Dougherty, Christen and her husband James Routh, Fr. Gregory Maria O.P., and Matthew; her six grandchildren; and her eight siblings.

Family and friends are invited to her viewing from 4-7pm on Sunday, 9/12 and from 10-10:45am on Monday, 9/13 and to her funeral at 11am on Monday, 9/13, all at the Church of St. Andrew 81 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA. Interment will follow at the cemetery of the Olde Church of St. Andrew 135 South Sycamore Street, Newtown, PA.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to:
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Other designation: In memory of Regina Pine
1235 University Boulevard
Steubenville, OH 43952 or

Dominican Foundation
141 E. 65th Street
New York, NY 10065


Condolence & Memory Journal

Gina was a beautiful soul and faithful servant of the Lord! She was always positive, kind and compassionate! I loved being in her company when I visited her store, she made you feel like you were her family. I first met Gina when I was a student teacher in Christie’s kindergarten class, I was blessed to know her! Heaven has gained an Angel

Posted by Josephine Durkin - Teacher   October 10, 2021

Gina was a beautiful soul and faithful servant of the Lord! She was always positive, kind and compassionate! I loved being in her company when I visited her store, she made you feel like you were her family. I first met Gina when I was a student teacher in Christie’s kindergarten class, I was blessed to know her! Heaven has gained an Angel

Posted by Josephine Durkin - Teacher   October 10, 2021

My love and prayers to Gina's huge family and friends...I have loved Gina the moment I met her nearly 50 years ago. She was always so caring and supportive and so full of God's love---a true example of God in all of life, not just Sundays. I will miss you, Gina, but I know you are just a prayer away. What a blessing you you!

Posted by Claudia Goldberg - Guerneville, CA - Family Friend   October 06, 2021

Our hearts were heavy when we heard about Gina's death as she was a beautiful soul who loved God, her family and life to the fullest. Her spirit was contagious. She gave you confidence when you were with her simply because you knew she was confident in her own gifts and God's love. Her gift of hospitality became a blessing to any and all who came in contact with her. And her love of her husband, children and, especially, her precious grandchildren was also an inspiration to all who witnessed it. Gina will be missed. Be assured of the prayers of our family.

- The Pintos

Posted by Matt and Maryanne Pinto - West Chester, PA - Friend   September 18, 2021

Was such a joy to have been on two pilgrimages with Gina and Barry. I will always cherish the memories of our time together. My sincerest sympathy to the family. May God comfort you during this time and know that she is with Jesus.

Posted by Retta Rutherford - Bullard, TX - Friend   September 14, 2021

May your faith keep you strong during this sad time.

Posted by Marian Barger - Louisville, KY - Friend   September 13, 2021

May knowing others care help you through this sad time. The Pine family with whom Gina was the matriarch is in our prayers.

Posted by Faith, Bruce and Rebecca Bowers - Neighbor   September 13, 2021

Joe & Jeanne McAtee

Posted by Joe & Jeanne McAtee - Washington Crossing, PA - Acquaintance   September 12, 2021

Gina was such a bright star on this earth and she is shining even brighter in heaven. We will miss her greatly.

Posted by Colleen McNally - LANGHORNE, PA - Friend   September 12, 2021

Regina left us with a greater understanding of faith at work in our parish. She leaves us with a wonderful legacy of hope and confidence in Jesus through family and friends. Bless you Gina!

Posted by Peter & Trudy Beckschi - Newtown, PA - Friend   September 12, 2021

Sending my heartfelt love and prayers to the entire Pine family. Although I've moved away several years ago, I've kept updated through emails. I thank Jesus and Blessed Mother, all the time, for sending Gina and Barry into my life. Her little bookstore, Medj pilgrimages and Holy Rosary gatherings, enlightened this"once lost soul"and then the journey began and still continues. Gina is still and always will be the guiding instrument, main-player, that God used to help me ReDiscover Jesus and my faith. My favorite memory is how she always put so much love into everything she did and everyone she touched. I will always cherish her shining light and witty personality...and will miss her dearly❤

Posted by Tammy Macdonald - Bradenton, FL - Friend   September 12, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Cherish the memories that she shared with all of you.

Posted by Connie & Greg Garofano - Richboro, PA - Acquaintance   September 11, 2021

My heart is with you. Regina was the epitome of a loving and devoted woman. It is a sad day for the world.
She always had a smile to share. all my love to her family

Posted by Silvia Lucci - Richboro, PA - Friend   September 10, 2021

Our sincerest condolences to you Barry and your family , and gratitude for your devotion and sharing of beloved Gina, enabling her to bless us with decades of goodness, prayer and joy. May she be fully united with Jesus and may He continue to hold you all within His Sacred Heart.

Posted by Emily Dibala - Newtown, PA - Family Friend   September 10, 2021

Dear Barry, Becca, Christie, Greg and Matt,
I can't believe that this beautiful woman, wife, mother, grandmother and friend is no longer on this human earth. In my mind I always thought a miracle would save her from her disease. I know she wanted that too as she loved all of you so very much. I know Jesus is holding her closely now. I will miss her more than I can say.

Posted by Ginny Mulderrig - Friend   September 10, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the whole family.I will deeply miss you my dear friend. You made my life richer just by knowing you and I feel so blessed to have some wonderful memories with you. I know God will cherish you forever the same we all did here on earth. I will forever miss you.

Posted by Elena Nemes - Bristol, PA   September 09, 2021

We will greatly miss our dear friend, Gina but with her passing we now have gained an intercessor in Heaven. Gina always placed Jesus first in her life along with her close relationship with His Mother, Mary. We are grateful for the opportunity we had to get to know Gina and her family. We will remember you all in our prayers. Love & Prayers, Greg, MM, Michael & Meghan Phinney

Posted by Margaret Mary Phinney - Yardley, PA - Family Friend   September 09, 2021

Aunt Gina was the loveliest person imaginable and the world is a lesser place without her. My love and condolences to all of you.

Posted by Rachel Gillis - London, UK - Family   September 09, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the whole family. Gina was the most Godly person I have ever met. Her faith in God was tremendous. She will be missed greatly.

Posted by MARLENE CAMPBELL - RICHBORO, PA - Friend   September 08, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the Pine family. We will all miss Gina who was so dear to us.we will miss her beautiful smile and friendship

Posted by Helen Budd - Newtown, PA - Family Friend   September 08, 2021

Thank you for your love and care all these years dear Tetka Gina ... We will remember you forever and pray for your good soul!
We belive that your laughter is already echoing in the heavens.
To the whole Pine family sincere condolences from Jolic's and Markic's family!
We love you and God bless you all!

Posted by Jelena Marki - Tomislavgrad, Bosna i Herceg   September 08, 2021

Gina was a shining star for Jesus. She always had a ready smile and loved God and people so well. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Donna Vitellaro Rutecki - Friend   September 08, 2021

Gina was a shining star for Jesus. She always had a ready smile and loved God and people so well. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Donna Vitellaro Rutecki - Friend   September 08, 2021

Gina was a light in my life. The many pilgrimages we shared will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with Barry and the family. Thank you Gina for sharing your love and faith with so many.
Betty Romett

Posted by Betty Romett - Penndel, PA - Friend   September 08, 2021


We are so sad to hear of Gina's passing, she has been in our prayers and will continue to pray for her. Michele and I are so thankful for having Gina in our lives and how she changed our lives for the better. She helped us and guided us through some very difficult times. We both truly loved her which was a very easy thing to do if you anyone ever had the opportunity to have met her. God Bless and watch over her. Gary and Michele Schrader.

Posted by Gary Schrader - Lecanto, FL - Friend   September 08, 2021


Although we lost close contact after my exchange year 1970-71 in your wonderful, big chilndhood family You Jeannie remained my sister. I am thankful we shared one year being very close to each other as teens. Bridge over the troubled water guided us both. Warm blessings from Helsinki. Evie

Posted by Paivi Kivioja - Helsinki - Friend   September 08, 2021

Gina's favorite cafe in Medjugorje.

Posted by Bill Skorko - Pennsauken, NJ - Friend   September 07, 2021

I think Gina would most love me saying that, we met because of the Blessed Mother and Medjugorje. Gina was deeply devoted to Our Lord and His Mother, and it went beyond the 2010 pilgrimage, as Barry and Gina opened up their home every month to pray the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet, and share good food and good thoughts between everyone who was there. My favorite memory is how Gina had a special title for Our Lady which preceded every Hail Mary on the decade she would lead. My heart goes out Barry and your whole family. I am so Blessed to know you all, and have nothing but fond and Blessed memories of you all. God Bless you all.

Posted by Bill Skorko - Pennsauken, NJ - Friend   September 07, 2021

My heartfelt condolence and sympathy go to the Pines family on the death of their loved one, Gina Pine. May God in his infinite love and mercy grant her eternal rest in His Kingdom. Amen. May her soul rest in Peace. Amen.

Posted by Rev. Kevin Okafor - Chester Springs, PA - Family Friend   September 07, 2021

Regina was an absolute joy and light. It was a pleasure to be able to go on a pilgrimage with her- truly one of the best I have ever been on. The love and devotion between Gina and Barry was beautiful to witness.

Posted by Katelyn San Severino - Philadelphia - Acquaintance   September 07, 2021

Steven and Debra Dibble. 15 Caldwell Circle Newtown Pa 18940. Until we meet again I know you will look after us all.

Posted by Steven Dibble - Newtown, PA - Family Friend   September 07, 2021

Another angel was sent up to heaven. May God bless all of you, the family, who helped her so courageously during her journey.

Posted by Louise and Allan Pooler - Acton, MA - Friend   September 07, 2021

Thank you all for your witness of faith and fidelity - Bob &Karen Reilly and Family

Posted by Bob Reilly - Langhorne, PA - Friend   September 07, 2021


Gina you will be sadly missed.

Posted by Regina Miller - Holland, PA - Friend   September 07, 2021

Dear Barry, Becca, Christie, Matt and Greg,
I just want to give each of you the biggest hug. Gina has touched my life forever and has touched the lives of many others. You are all in my prayers and in my heart. I know that Gina is surrounded by Jesus and Mary and in their loving embrace. I will never forget her smile or her warm hugs. May the Lord carry you all through this difficult time. All my Love Pat

Posted by Patrick Dougherty - Holland, PA - Family   September 07, 2021

Family Album

Community Photos

Gina's favorite cafe in Medjugorje.
With Fr. Svet - 2010