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Celebration of life held at Coronado restaurant for San Diego woman killed in boat fire

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 08:21:20-04

CORONADO, Calif. (KGTV) -- A celebration of life was held in Coronado Thursday night for Nicole Quitasol, the San Diego woman killed in a boat fire off Santa Cruz Island.

The event was held at Nicky Rottens, and restaurant officials said the celebration of life was also to help the fundraising efforts to support Quitasol’s family.

Quitasol was on the dive trip with four family members, her coworkers posted on Facebook.

"Nicole has worked with our Nicky Rottens Coronado family for years, and she will be remembered as an adventurous & loving soul," wrote Bryn Butolph, who described Quitasol as smart and loving.

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"She will be greatly missed," Butolph added. He told 10News Quitasol was devoted to her dog, Peanut Butter.

The family of five was among the 34 presumed dead following the blaze.

All were sleeping below deck when the fire broke out in the early morning hours of Sept. 2.

Other victims included students from a Northern California charter school serving grades 7-12, and a marine biologist who owned the diving company and was leading the tour.

A GoFundMe account was created to help Quitasol's mother, who lost three children.

KCRA in Sacramento identified the other family members
as Nicole’s sister Evan and sister Angela, both from Stockton, and their father Michael and stepmother Fenisa Sison, both from Modesto.