Dr. Regina Suzanne Bland

Saturday, September 17, 1955 - Sunday, August 8, 2021

“There is only love”

Photo of Dr. Regina Suzanne Bland  - 1955-2021

Candler - Regina Suzanne Bland, MD died at age 65 from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) August 8, 2021, at her home in Candler, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her soul mate Conrad Valentino “Val” Wynne, M.D. who died in January of 2020.

Regina leaves two sisters, Alice Wilson and Debra Engholm with husband David; two brothers-in-law, Christopher Wynne with wife Cathy, and James R. Wynne with partner Gloria Carroll; sister-in-law Jeanne Wynne Harrison with husband Steve; several nieces, nephews, and their families; and her extended Italian family. She also leaves friends who became family, including Kay Branson, Marcia Allen, J. Barry Lewis, her Asheville Sunday Supper neighbor group.

She also leaves behind her beloved dogs Stella and Nino in the loving care of their neighbors Dan and Kay Branson.

Regina was a caring pediatrician who loved serving the needs of children. Along with her husband Val, Regina was a physician and partner at Palm Beach Children’s Associates for nearly thirty years. After closing their practice in 2014, they relocated to Candler where they embraced the land and the community. Working the land, planting, growing, harvesting, canning, all became a part of their daily lives, always sharing the harvest from “La Podere.”

Regina loved to travel, exploring the world that surrounded her. She particularly loved all things Italian. Tracing her family heritage, she discovered her Italian Capriotti family. This ultimately led to reclaiming her Italian Citizenship in 2008. Val followed in 2013 also establishing his dual Italian citizenship. She and Val spent hours learning to speak and read the Italian language and visiting Italy whenever possible.

Regina and Val were married in January 1989 on the Island of Charlotte Amalia, St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. They then continued to live in West Palm Beach, Florida until their move to Candler.

Originally from West Virginia, she spent most of her high school years in Ft. Pierce, FL where her parents Brady Floyd Bland and Mildred George Bland retired. She was the youngest of six children.

She attended Wesleyan College, graduating in 1976. Over the years she maintained contact with many friends and colleagues from those college days. Regina continued her studies at the University of Florida College of Medicine completing her medical degree in 1980. It was during her Residency at Wake Forest University that she met Val and began their life-long journey, both personally and professionally. They became a team serving the children of Palm Beach County.

For many years, along with Val, she volunteered her time at the Palm Beach County Home in West Palm Beach. More recently, she became a volunteer with the Asheville Chapter of Arts For Life, working with children, engaging them through educational arts programs.

Regina was a brilliant scholar who guided friends and family daily through the debilitating stages of her disease. She lived life to the very end on her terms, being present and connected to her spiritual journey. She had a curious soul, seeing life as a constant discovery, exploring the natural world, hiking the mountains, and learning to sketch the world in which she loved to walk. With Val at her side, she shared her numerous gifts, caring for children, cooking meals for everyone, sharing her joy of life across tables of food, wine, and laughter.

A woman of passion, a dedicated physician, a loving companion, a generous friend…. She will be missed. .

To honor Regina’s request, no formal services will be held.

Donations in her memory can be made to:

            Arts For Life
            7 Beaverdam Road, Suite 207
            Asheville, NC. 28804

A non-profit organization which supports art opportunities for children in North Carolina in hospital and clinic settings.

Or a charity of your choosing.

We send her onward……..

 

Condolences from family and friends

Through Jan Lange, I met Regina last year and was privileged to hear of her life as well as experience her kind and adventurous soul. May peace and joy follow her.
Colleen Hannush
Regina and Val were role models of love and kindness and I cherish memories of our friendship. May your family be surrounded by love and peacefulness and know that we share in their grief. I’ll remember our trips to the arboretum, your gracious teachings of gardening and cooking Italian food, and how we’d laugh our way through the trying times. You are so missed and loved.
Kay
Through her sister Alice I knew Regina, her wonderful husband and all of their fun explorations of their shared genealogy. They lived life to its fullest and shared the joy of it with all who were lucky enough to know them. I am certain that she will be sorely missed by all those whose lives she touched so deeply.
Suzanne Winter-Rose
Regina was a kind and gentle soul and I am a better person for knowing her. She and Val are together again. Prayers for her family and friends.
Teresa Wheeler
Family is a circle of friends who love you. Thank you to Regina and Val for creating a family of friends. We treasure, love, and miss you. Marcia
Marcia Allen
We love and miss you my baby sister. Thank you for all you and Val did to take care of each of us. I am so glad you are with Mom, Val, Mom Jean, Sara and Cindy. I also want to thank her friends who became family.
Debra Engholm
For many years, I enjoyed my visits with Regina and looked forward to what stories she would share. It was an incredible honor to know her and I am eternally grateful for the time we shared together. I was her hairstylist and her request was always “Make me beautiful” to which I responded, “You already are”. So much love to Regina and condolences to all who mourn the loss of her.
Casey Hirschmann
Words cannot express the sorrow we feel in Regina's passing, but I know she is now with Val and her beloved parents. Regina's heart was all encompassing, and her love of life was never ending. She died as she lived... with GRACE. Reg love you always.
José F. Rodríguez-Currás
To the family and friends of Regina I extend my heartfelt condolences. I am late in getting this note to you. I came to know Regina and Val through Monsignor Ronald Beshara years ago. May Regina, our beloved friend, Rest In Peace.
Bishop Gregory Mansour
Thinking of you and your family
Leanne Zaring
Regina & Val we're one of the most caring helping genuine people I have ever known. I had the best Family time with them when we all lived in Florida . My Daughter Natalie was fortunate enough to get to know the both of them Aunt Jeannie and uncle Val . She enjoyed her time visiting with them both . You will be dearly missed Aunt Jeannie Love your niece Stephanie.
stephanie Cambron
I just heard of Regina's passing...it hurts my heart,but I know where she is,notsuffering & now reunited with the love of her life.I have never seen any one so in love with life & each other like the two of them. I was her nurse for 10 yrs at Palm Beach Children's office.Both of them taught me alot. We stayed in contact after I moved...a friendship I treasured. Before they married Dr. Wynne would call me to make sure she was working so he could send her flowers...they were so sweet together. They told me if I ever returned to Florida I had a job with them...that meant so much to me. My deepest sympathy goes out to her remaining family.I hope your memories may be of some comfort in the days ahead....Fly high on angel wings Regina...you will be missed beyond measure....love,hugs n prayers...
Sherree Gibson Doby