Our Memorial Page

In Memory of Family and Friends


            • For those gone in presence, but here in essence. 
            • This light shines as a symbol of lives and loves remembered.
            • Each of us makes a difference in this world.

Cathy Cockrill

MARY CATHERINE COCKRILL "Cathy"

1931 - 2014


Transitioned on June 21, 2014. She was the fifth of six children born to the late Mary and Ray Cockrill of what was then rural Fairfax County. Cathy grew up working on the family farm and excelling at school athletics. She graduated from James Madison University and held a Master's degree from George Washington University. Cathy was an educator in Fairfax County for more than 30 years. She began as a high school teacher and girls' athletic coach, became a guidance counselor, and then an administrator as Director of Guidance at Langley High School in McLean. Cathy was also a national pioneer in the field of Career Education. She developed the K-12 curriculum for Fairfax County and became the first Director of Career Education. As a lifelong advocate for social justice she was enthusiastic about women's rights, gay rights and racial equality. When she moved from NoVA to Long Island in 1992 she joined the Long Island NAACP. As its Education Chairperson she achieved her goal of making equal access to computer literacy available to all students. In 2011 Cathy moved to The Villages, FL where she joined longtime friends from Northern Virginia. She also happily embraced new friends and was known for her skills at golf and her generous spirit. Cathy was an unassuming and unpretentious leader. She led by example. She did not preach values, she lived them. She is survived by her brother Richard (Bobbi) Cockrill of Purcellville, VA and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. She will be deeply missed by her longtime friends from the Washington, DC area and Long Island. A Celebration of her Life is planned for a later time.



Shirley Creitz

Shirley Creitz
 - 2011
Moved to the Villages from Bethlehem, Pa in 2004.  Formerly a Radiologist &; Nuclear Medicine Technologist. She loved animals, gardening, and being a member of the Rainbow Club.










Carol Greene

Carol Greene

1949 - 2014

Life Partner:  Diane Lamontagne


Nancy Hewitt

Nancy Hewitt 
1951 - 2014
Nancy was born in N.Y., summered in Connecticut, went to Florida to attend college and stayed here. Nancy worked as a Microsoft rep for several years and then at The Villages Hospital as a lab tech. She loved golf, softball, reading by the pool, and most of all her dog Ripley.

Jean LaPlante

Jean LaPlante
1948 - 2013
 Survived by her partner, Pam Costello and two brothers.  May we all remember Jean's ready smile, her lovely alto voice, her love for animals, and her gentle spirit. 

Dave O'Reilly

Dave O'Reilly
1953 - 2009
Moved from Burlington, VT.  Loved by everyone he met, he is truly missed by his partner, Daniel Szurgyjlo.  Dave enjoyed his life in the Villages, and helping out with the Rainbow Club whenever he was needed. 

Alfred Petrosky

Alfred "Butch" Petroksky
1941 - 2011
Al was born in Pottsville, PA and moved to the Villages in 2004 from Montgomeryville, PA. He was active in The Rainbow Family Club and enjoyed arts and crafts and watching old movies.  Survivors include his companion, John L. Mabus; son Mark Petrosky, from Bennington VT; and borther Robert Petrosky from Reno NV.

Cathyann Wyman

Cathyann Wyman
1957 - 2013
Come walk with me along the sea 
Where dusk sits on the land,
And search with me for shells are free
And treasures hide in sand

Marti Ziegler

Marti Ziegler
1952 - 2014

Former CPA and avid golfer


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