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Catherine (Cathie) Bartoldus

Catherine (Cathie) Bartoldus of Purcellville, VA passed away peacefully at her home on January 20th, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was born April 22, 1928 in New York City, NY, the daughter of Patrick Lyons of County Mayo, Ireland and Mary Lennon of Newcastle, England, and sister to Eileen, Patricia, Timothy, Margaret, and John all of whom are deceased. Cathie was recently predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Rudolph (Rudy) Bartoldus, who passed away at home on October 5th 2017.

Cathie is survived by her six children, Kathleen Gaynor of Galloway, Ohio, Michael Bartoldus (Ana) of Northport, NY, Christine O’Malley (Joseph) of Sayville, NY Doreen Bartoldus (Mark) of Stamford, CT, Kerry Bzdyk (Phil), of Bluemont, VA, and Joseph Bartoldus (Stephanie) of Rockville Center, NY. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; Aaron, Kristen, Owen, Roslyn, Catherine, Eleanor, Mary, Emily, Rudy, Collin, Alison, Christopher, Timmy, and Alec, and 8 great grandchildren, Chase, Alahna, Ryland, Trenton, Kenley, Eden, Lucy, and Zoe.

Cathie is remembered as a devoted Mother, Aunt, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and friend. Her warmth and love touched many, and she had a unique ability to make everyone she met feel loved like family. Cathie and Rudy met, married, and raised their 6 children in New York and later retired to Purcellville, VA where they lived and created a life filled with friendship and service for 30 years. Throughout all of her long life, Cathie was committed to many volunteer organizations that reflected her sense of compassion including: sports coaching, girl scouting, cub scouting, literacy, meals on wheels, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Interfaith Relief, League of Women Voters, Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter, St. Francis de Sales Women's Council...and many more.

Love, humor, and service are her legacy and these traits live on in all of us. When asked recently what her main occupation had been throughout her life, her simple answer was “spreading joy”. That she did...and may we all strive to carry her legacy forward.

Visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday January 23rd at Hall Funeral Home 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8 pm. Short service will take place at the Hall Chapel on Wednesday at 10am with private burial to follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Capital Caring Hospice or LAWS at lcsj.org.

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