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TAG captain’s wife dies from brain aneurysm

GoFundMe campaign to aid family surpasses $70,000 in donations

WARREN — A key player in Trumbull County’s war on drugs, who just on Tuesday learned of a verdict in a landmark opioids case favoring the county in which he testified, this Thanksgiving holiday is mourning the loss of his wife.

Trumbull County Sheriff’s Capt. Tony Villanueva, the commander of the Trumbull Action Group Drug Task Force, announced the passing of his wife, Lindsey Villanueva, on Facebook on Sunday evening, writing: “My heart is broken. Heaven gained the most beautiful angel today. I’m lost without you. I will always love you and I will never let you or our babies down. You are amazing and you put up one hell of a fight. Rest In Peace, I’ll take it from here.”

Lindsey Villanueva suffered a brain aneurysm Nov. 17, and was rushed to a hospital then transported by helicopter to University Hospitals, according to a GoFundMe online fundraiser set up to help cover the costs associated with Lindsey’s death.

She underwent two surgeries in an attempt to reduce the swelling on her brain.

“She showed great strength and we were hopeful, but God called her home on Nov. 21, 2021,” reads the page, set up by her sisters, Kara Morgan and Alissa Hallock.

The GoFundMe had exceeded its $10,000 goal seven-fold as of Wednesday afternoon, with $70,670 in donations. She also was a member of North Mar Church in Warren.

Villanueva was the mother of five young children and was a preschool teacher at Learning Tree in McDonald.

For the last four years, she coordinated a coat drive for children in need. Villanueva posted on her Facebook page on Nov. 15, two days before the aneurysm, that she had ordered 138 coats to a tune of $2,412. In another post, she wrote that last year 339 coats were donated to children in the Mahoning Valley.

In “one last act of selflessness” Villanueva was set to be an organ donor, according to the GoFundMe.

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