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Nina Zabuga

March 13, 1976 — July 15, 2023

Oakland Park

Nina Zabuga AKA “Deuce”,47,of Oakland Park, FL gained her dragonfly wings on Saturday, July 15,2023.

Nina was born on March 13,1976 in Saratoga Springs, NY the daughter of Lydia Martin(Zabuga) and Richard L. Paddock. She was a graduate of Amsterdam High School Class of 1994 and proudly played on the Varsity Softball Team.

Nina was the epitome of strength and courage, and never wavered during her 3 ½ year journey with Triple Negative Breast Cancer… She was a fighter up until her last breath.  She loved her NY Yankees, the ocean, dolphins, dragonflies, FSU softball, her 4-legged babies, and most importantly, her “happy place”, Islamorada.

She is survived by her devoted mother Lydia Martin of Oakland Park, FL, loving siblings Dominic Gonzales(Amanda) of Mesa, AZ and Victoria Goris(Steven) of Wesley Chapel, FL… Nieces and nephews, Julianna her “sidekick”, Julien, Sonny and Emilio.  Bonus son Jordan Bustamante of West Caldwell, NJ, her 4-legged babies, Kingston, Jeter (JJ) and Jaxx and her soulmate, partner, and lifelong love of 18 years, Laura Sherman.

She was predeceased by her beloved Grandmother Valentina Piatnitski, Stepfather Anthony Martin and loves of her life fur baby Logan Bailey and Deuce Bigelow.

Nina’s strength was mesmerizing, her innocence, precious and she left a lasting impression of all that cared for her and will forever be missed by the many friends who became family. She was our Sky Full of Stars.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the support and love that started at the beginning of her journey from December 27, 2019, to July 15, 2023, when our sweet angel left for her next journey.  

A celebration of life will be planned for a future date.

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