OBITUARY

Cathy Lynn Lalush

August 26, 1954January 29, 2020
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Cathy Lynn Lalush was born on August 26, 1954, the eldest child of B. William Lalush and Helen Lalush (Kloskowski). She grew up in Maryland outside of Washington, D.C., where she was schooled at Ursuline Academy (now The Woods Academy) and the Academy of the Holy Child. After achieving a Bachelor's in Psychology from Duke University, she embarked upon a long and distinguished career in the emerging field of information technology. She worked as a software systems architect for many years, most recently at Leidos.

Cathy always wholeheartedly devoted herself to her children's welfare, whether it was volunteering as a playground monitor, serving on a high school All Night Grad Party committee, or organizing storied birthday parties and beach trips. In later years, that devotion extended to her grandchildren, who remember her fondly as "Cici." She delighted in them, heartily enjoying reading them stories, collaborating with them on art projects, and playing dress-up right alongside them.

A full accounting of Cathy's interests would fill volumes, but she could reliably be found swimming, taking long walks, beautifying landscapes with extensive gardening or perfecting domestic spaces with graceful interior decorating.

Cathy is survived by her aunt, Helen Misiura; her brothers, Robert and David Lalush; her children, David Frederick Ellrod and Karen Elizabeth Long, along with their spouses Julia and Justin; and her grandchildren: Jeanette, Leanora, Teresa, Bridgette, and the expected Joseph Long and Baby Ellrod. They will greatly miss her - but will recall and carry forward her earthly legacy, even as they pray for her reception into the communion of saints.

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, February 10, 2020

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Colleen (Hickson) Crown

February 9, 2020

Cathy & I met when she was in HS. We - along w/numerous others, were part of a wonderful Folk Group at De Chantal. During her college years, she lived with me during her summer breaks. It was then I learned she would eat Wheat Puffs for breakfast every morning! Over the years we shared phone calls, email, visits, shopping and confidences galore. Several years ago, while she was at Hopkins as a patient, I was able to visit on several occasions, trim her hair, and help her with her makeup. She was so appreciative. About 8 years ago, we became even closer friends, sharing resources, encouragement, prayer and support - remembering how important Faith, Family and Friends are. We celebrated our birthdays together, treating ourselves to dinners out! Monty & I visited her in Duck - before she sold the house. I saw the gleam in her eyes, that let me know how happy she was for me!

Cathy and I spoke and texted afterward - in November. She had come to find her "Zen", her #HappyPlace in life with her dear family and friends. Her last text to me said: "Having four great adult children and four wonderful grandchildren helps tremendously [with happiness & contentment]. We are all great here and my fifth grandchild-a little boy is on the way. Karen and Justin's second child will be Joseph. He is due around April 7."

Over the last few years, we didn't get together as often as we wanted to, but we both know, driving up and down the road, we could talk without interruption. Meeting up for lunch or dinner was something we both enjoyed. I will miss her friendship and just the beautiful, joyful person Cathy was. My heart hurts without her here, but I think it hurts because she took a piece of my heart with her!

Friendship lasts forever - you will always be remembered my dear friend!!!!!!

Ellen Acconcia

February 6, 2020

Cathy and I shared so much as we watched our children grow up together. From St. Tim's to Paul VI, sleepovers at our house or their house ... Jess and Karen were like two peas in a pod.

I met Cathy on the soccer field in Franklin Farm when Karen and my daughter, Jessica, like 7 years old. We trick or treated every year and alternated between her neighborhood and ours. I drove Jess and Karen to Mary Washington to check it out. Jess was a guest in Duck several times and I spent more times than I can remember sitting at Cathy's kitchen table just chatting! Later, when the kids were grown we'd meet for a quiet dinner somewhere in Fairfax and just talk and reminisce. She was a beautiful person with such a sweet presence and kindness. I will miss her very much. Blessings to all of the family during this sad time. May your memories of such a wonderful and loving mother sustain you. ~Ellen Acconcia

Alex and Nancy Long

February 4, 2020

Although our time with Cathy was short we shared many special events: a engagement, a wedding, a granddaughter and the news of Cathy's first expected grandson and more!
She loved her family! We had a good time with wedding plans, baby showers, talking about flowers and gardening!
She was thoughtful and giving!

We will remember: the family trip to Duck the first summer after Karen and Justin wed. I thought I was a early riser! Cathy would have coffee made and coming back from picking up Duck Doughnuts! We had fun!
Sitting together in the waiting room sharing memories of Justin and Karen as babies while we awaited Bridgette's birth.
Thanksgiving and Christmas together watching our families grow.
Sharing the excitement of expecting her first grandson and wondering if it was a year for boys in the family.

Cathy will be missed but not forgotten. We are so blessed to have her as part of our family.
Until we meet again..faith,hope and love abide but the greatest of these is love.

Louise Ellrod

February 2, 2020

We will always remember how very much she loved Karen and David. She was always happiest around her children and their families.

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