OBITUARY

Libby Szerokman

July 9, 1946May 29, 2019
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Elizabeth “Libby” Arlene Fields Szerokman of Waynesboro, Virginia passed away on May 29, 2019, after a 21-month battle with glioblastoma.

Libby was born on July 9, 1946 in Charleston, West Virginia, the child of Kenneth and Leatrice Fields. She graduated from East Bank High School and worked as an office administrator and human resource professional for several companies including the West Virginia Motor Truck Association, Amvest Corporation, and most recently Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville, Virginia before retiring in 2013.

Libby attended Bridge Christian Church where she met many wonderful friends through her life group and most recently her close friend and “sister” Laverne Traynham. She was a member of both the Waynesboro Women’s Club and Nolan Heights Garden Club. She was an amazing cook and also enjoyed gardening and reading. She enjoyed music and loved to dance, especially the Jitterbug and Myrtle Beach Shag. Libby was extremely creative and could make anything from beautiful jewelry to intricate costumes and clothes, often without a pattern. She was always learning something new.

Libby loved life and loved people! She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. Her pride and joy was her granddaughter, Grace. She loved her family with a passion and was always there for us, even as she was battling brain cancer. She was very close to all her nieces and nephews throughout their lives and enjoyed spending time with them.

Libby was a kind and gentle soul with a wonderful sense of humor. She loved her friends like family, and they loved her. She saw or spoke to many of her friends on a daily basis, especially her “BFF” Lynn Pruett. So many of her wonderful friends were with her in her final days, some traveling from other states to spend time with her and have a laugh. We’d especially like to thank Kent Hunter and Goldie Sue Farley for all they have done.

Libby was preceded in death by her mother and father, her beloved sister Drema Witt, her nephew Jeffrey Creasey, her ex-husband Steve Szerokman, and many close family and friends, including her longtime friend and companion, Mike Myers.

She is survived by her daughter Lesley Hardiman (Tom) of Staunton, Virginia, her granddaughter Grace Hardiman of Staunton, her brother Kenneth Fields of Charleston, her niece Kelly Morris (Scott) of Charleston, and their children Brock and Zachary Morris, her niece Megan Shields (Pat) of Chicago, Illinois, and their daughter Lily, and many loved ones, including her dear cousin Will Fields (Pat) of Wanchese, NC.

The family wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the staff and volunteers at the Hospice of the Piedmont for their incredible service, care, and love of Libby during her final two months. We would also like to thank the amazing doctors, nurses, and staff at the UVA Emily Couric Cancer Center, especially Dr. Camilo Fadul and Dr. Ashok Asthagiri.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4th, at Bridge Christian Church – 1275 Goose Creek Road in Fishersville, Virginia. A Celebration of Life will held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4th, at the Church with Pastor Todd Brown officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, or online at https://www.hopva.org.

Relatives and Friends may share condolences and memories online with the family by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Libby was preceded in death by her mother and father, her beloved sister Drema Witt, her nephew Jeffrey Creasey, her ex-husband Steve Szerokman, and many close family and friends, including her longtime friend and companion, Mike Myers.

    She is survived by her daughter Lesley Hardiman (Tom) of Staunton, Virginia, her granddaughter Grace Hardiman of Staunton, her brother Kenneth Fields of Charleston, her niece Kelly Morris (Scott) of Charleston, and their children Brock and Zachary Morris, her niece Megan Shields (Pat) of Chicago, Illinois, and their daughter Lily, and many loved ones, including her dear cousin Will Fields (Pat) of Wanchese, NC.
  • DONATIONS

  • Hospice of the Piedmont 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, or online at https://www.hopva.org

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 4, 2019
  • A Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, June 4, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Officiating

Memories

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gloria wingfield

June 3, 2019

To Leslie and family I am so sorry for your loss, I am going to miss her too, sending healing prayers and lots of comforting hugs..

TEDDI SMITH

June 3, 2019

Leslie, I loved your mother so much. Those years at St. Agnes with her were so special. She was so adorable and kind. Libby didn't have a mean bone in her body, putting everyone before herself.
I was so blessed to have her in my life. I know you will miss her so much, but remember, no one can ever take the memories of her away from you. I know I will cherish her memory always.
So much love,
Teddi Smith

Lori Cooper

June 2, 2019

Libby was like my Aunt. She and Steve and Les lived in Gahanna, Ohio for a time during Les's and my childhood. Steve's Mom was my Great Aunt Edith/Edie. I loved Libby, Steve, and Les. I always will, along with Great Aunt Edith and Uncle Steve. I'm so deeply saddened by Libby's passing. Lesley, your Mom was a special human being and a great Mother, and I know how much you'll miss her. My heartfelt prayers go out to you, Tom, and Grace during this incredibly difficult time of sorrow. Thanks, Libby, for the memories! You were definitely one of a kind. God has acquired a new Angel in you. With all the love in my heart, Lori. 💖☝️

June Allen

June 1, 2019

My sweet Libby, I feel blessed to have been one of many who called you friend, and a dear one you were. It was a special time working closely with you at both Amvest and Hospice of the Piedmont. Kent's "Golden Girls" will be reunited again one day. But for now, "Go rest high on that mountain, Libby, your work on earth is done". My sympathy and prayers go to Lesley, Tom, Grace and all of Libby's family, She loved you all so much!

Jerry Smith

May 31, 2019

My classmate, my neighbor and friend. Always the kindest soul, we miss you Libby .

Pat Fields

May 31, 2019

Libby...a dear, sweet woman filled with humor and love...so enjoyed our visits in her home...I remember her lovely garden filled with so many beautiful flowers...Libby was the gardener nd the loveliest of all...our prayers continue for her dear family...

Mary Frances Smith-Brown

May 31, 2019

Libby was a wonderful person, I remember we visited my cousin BJ in Ocean City in 2012, and because I was so nervous about getting in the correct lane for our exit - she taught me that I didn't have to get in the lane until 5 miles out. I remember that when I travel I -81 home now. I have many Wonder Memories here and in Charleston WV. Rest in Peace Libby.

Lynn Pruett

May 31, 2019

I said a prayer for you to thank the Lord above for blessing me with your friendship & your love.

I thank God for the caring you have shown me through the years, for the closeness we’ve shared in times of laughter and of tears.

I thank you from my heart for all you’ve done for me and I bless the Lord for giving me the best friend that could ever be.
Lynn

Will Fields

May 31, 2019

Libby was like a sister to me she and I were always close growing up in Kayford wv Her dad and mom were very dear to me uncle Scrub was like a dad my father passed his brother when I was a month old. Libby Pat and I will miss your laugh and all the storys u would tell about Drema Sue. We will see you later when we all gather around the throne at Jesus feet love you Lib.

Mike Szerokman

May 31, 2019

It was indeed an honor to have had Libby in our lives. There are so many memories of our time together. Christmas, Thanksgiving at Canaan Valley, vacations, and the get togethers at our houses. She was Julia’s absolute favorite aunt. Libby was caring, loving, thoughtful, and compassionate. She will be missed by all who knew her. We truly loved her.

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Biography

Elizabeth “Libby” Arlene Fields Szerokman of Waynesboro, Virginia passed away on May 29, 2019, after a 21-month battle with glioblastoma.

Libby was born on July 9, 1946 in Charleston, West Virginia, the child of Kenneth and Leatrice Fields. She graduated from East Bank High School and worked as an office administrator and human resource professional for several companies including the West Virginia Motor Truck Association, Amvest Corporation, and most recently Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville, Virginia before retiring in 2013.

Libby attended Bridge Christian Church where she met many wonderful friends through her life group and most recently her close friend and “sister” Laverne Traynham. She was a member of both the Waynesboro Women’s Club and Nolan Heights Garden Club. She was an amazing cook and also enjoyed gardening and reading. She enjoyed music and loved to dance, especially the Jitterbug and Myrtle Beach Shag. Libby was extremely creative and could make anything from beautiful jewelry to intricate costumes and clothes, often without a pattern. She was always learning something new.

Libby loved life and loved people! She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. Her pride and joy was her granddaughter, Grace. She loved her family with a passion and was always there for us, even as she was battling brain cancer. She was very close to all her nieces and nephews throughout their lives and enjoyed spending time with them.

Libby was a kind and gentle soul with a wonderful sense of humor. She loved her friends like family, and they loved her. She saw or spoke to many of her friends on a daily basis, especially her “BFF” Lynn Pruett. So many of her wonderful friends were with her in her final days, some traveling from other states to spend time with her and have a laugh. We’d especially like to thank Kent Hunter and Goldie Sue Farley for all they have done.

Libby was preceded in death by her mother and father, her beloved sister Drema Witt, her nephew Jeffrey Creasey, her ex-husband Steve Szerokman, and many close family and friends, including her longtime friend and companion, Mike Myers.

She is survived by her daughter Lesley Hardiman (Tom) of Staunton, Virginia, her granddaughter Grace Hardiman of Staunton, her brother Kenneth Fields of Charleston, her niece Kelly Morris (Scott) of Charleston, and their children Brock and Zachary Morris, her niece Megan Shields (Pat) of Chicago, Illinois, and their daughter Lily, and many loved ones, including her dear cousin Will Fields (Pat) of Wanchese, NC.

The family wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the staff and volunteers at the Hospice of the Piedmont for their incredible service, care, and love of Libby during her final two months. We would also like to thank the amazing doctors, nurses, and staff at the UVA Emily Couric Cancer Center, especially Dr. Camilo Fadul and Dr. Ashok Asthagiri.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4th, at Bridge Christian Church – 1275 Goose Creek Road in Fishersville, Virginia. A Celebration of Life will held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4th, at the Church with Pastor Todd Brown officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of the Piedmont 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, or online at https://www.hopva.org.

Relatives and Friends may share condolences and memories online with the family by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.