Catherine Mary Reade, 56, died peacefully on 17 May, 2013, at her home in her husband’s arms after a courageous six year battle with Lung Cancer.
Cathi was born 23 August, 1956 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Both her Father and Mother were serving in the US Marine Corps. Upon graduation from Oakdale Christian High School Cathi joined the Corps and served with great pride, accomplishment and satisfaction for twenty years. In 1991 she married Anthony Reade, a career Naval Aviator and epitomized a joint union of the two services. Their marriage of 22 years included an intense love, respect, and loyalty to family and country. A true animal lover Cathi would, over the years, care for a total of seven Saint Bernards, five of them rescues, having as many as four simultaneously in the house for many years.
Upon retirement from the Corps Cathi worked for the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Department, Checkered Flag Automotive, the Virginian Pilot Newspaper, Colt Manufacturing and Tidewaters Building Association. At the same time she achieved her Bachelor of Arts degree from Troy State University.
Outside of her professional endeavors her primary focus was in giving back to society. Cathi was an active participant and mentor with Team-in-Training, an organization that has trained over a half million runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists and hikers and raised over $1.3 billion to fund lifesaving research to aid the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She was active with and a Board member for the Tidewater Striders, one of the largest running clubs in the US. She was a board member and volunteer for the Girls on the Run program, a transformational learning program for girls in 3rd – 8th grade. She was the Race Director for “Race for Breath”, a multi race event held annually the first Saturday in November on the Boardwalk …all proceeds going to fight Lung Cancer. Cathi was a strong advocate in the fight against Lung Cancer. She never smoked, and would confront anyone who made the assumption that all Lung Cancer patients were smokers. She believed in fighting Cancer…all forms of Cancer.
Catherine’s strong Catholic faith was motivating in her acceptance of her fate and her fight against her cancer. A convert to Catholicism, she immediately became active in her Parish. She was vice-Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council when her illness prevented further participation. What she held onto last, cherished the most, and was so troubled to give it up was her work in the Parish Outreach. All she ever wanted to do was to help others.
She was preceded in death by her father, Master Gunnery Sergeant Milton Thomas Witt, her mother, Joan Elizabeth Witt and her sister Jeannie Sutherland. She is survived by her husband, Capt. Anthony Reade, USN, Ret., her two step-sons Rob, COO for a New York marketing firm and Raymond, an Architect and Project Manager at Miami Children’s Hospital. She formed a strong bond of love, friendship and a willingness to advise and support both boys on their path to adulthood. Also survived by her sisters Jackie Jakel, Janice DeGeorge (husband Hank), and Vikki McMahon (husband Will).
The family would like to thank the staff at Virginia Oncology Associates, especially Dr. Michael Steinberg who provided the utmost in aggressive care and his Physician’s Assistant, Christina Krupski, whose personal and direct care were most welcome in the last few months of the battle. Additionally, Sentara Hospice proved a God-send. Mrs. Linda Wins, Cathi’s care nurse, anticipated all her needs in advance ensuring the best quality of life available in the final weeks. There are simply not enough words to thank all these special care-givers.
A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, May 25th at 11:00 AM at Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church, 1968 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach. Cremated remains will be interred at the Church and a reception will follow in the Church Commons.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Saint John the Apostle (SJA) Outreach ministry. Condolences may be made to the family and remembrance pictures viewed at the online guestbook.Send FlowersPlant a Tree