Catherine “Cathy” Hale, 69, died after a battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday, April 6, 2018 with family at her side.
Cathy was known as a kind, loving, amazing, strong, and generous person. She was born to the late Charles and Catherine Applegate on July 6, 1948, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cathy graduated from West Catholic Girls High School in 1966 and attended college in Kansas. She married Thomas Hale in 1995 and they lived in Woodbridge and Stafford, Virginia.
After school, Cathy began her career as a data entry clerk, working her way up in the computer industry. Cathy then spent several years traveling to numerous countries while working for the State Department as Database Administrator. Cathy retired in 2015 after working several years as an Oracle Database Administrator for government contractors. Since retirement, Cathy and her husband, Tom started their own business, Hope Road Honey, raising bees and selling honey, handmade candles, and other bee-related products.
Cathy’s hobbies included collecting masks from her travels and clocks, debating politics, reading, traveling, and watching her favorite baseball team, the Washington Nationals.
Cathy is survived by her husband of 23 years, Tom Hale and their four children, Tom Jr. Hale and his wife, Donna, John Hale and his wife, Karen, Brenda Tiffin and her husband, Scott, and Fred Mastrippolito and his wife, Nartaya. Cathy adored spending time with her grandchildren, Scott Jr., Andrew, Cody, Skyler, Charlie, Savanah, Shelby, Shane, and Catherine. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Applegate; and her two sisters, Madeline Fourqurean and Michele Egan. She was preceded in death by her brother, Walter Applegate and her sister, Adrianne Braverman.
Cathy loved and was loved by her large extended family and friends.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 4 at St. Francis of Assisi, 18825 Fuller Heights Road, Triangle, Virginia. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Catherine Hale’s memory to the Lithuanian Foundation online http://www.lithuanianfoundation.org/donate-online/ or by check to Lithuanian Foundation, Inc., 14911 127th Street, Lemont IL 60439 (please indicate in the memo line “In memory of Catherine Hale”).
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Friday May 4th, 2018
18825 Fuller Heights Road
Triangle, VA 22172
Quantico National Cemetery
Friday May 4th, 2018
18424 Joplin Road
Triangle, VA 22172
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Oh Cathy, You are so loved and so missed... Some of my fondest memories from childhood included you. My mom loved whenever you came to our house with Brenda and Fred.... you were the keeper of our wonderful Lithuanian heritage... .... and just a sweet, wonderful person to be around.
Thanks for being a part of my life!
Submitted by Penny Clift on May 2 2018 09:47:32 AM
Brenda, Fred & Family,
Truly sorry about your mothers passing, a wonderful lady.
Since I have been with Aunt Maryann your Mom was always good to both of us.
She always took interest in what we were doing and how the children are.
I still remember all the trips to the Maryland House where we would meet
for pick up or drop off.
Your mom was upbeat and positive all the time, with that big smile and laugh.
She did a wonderful job raising you both.
Be at peace knowing your Mom is not suffering and is in God’s hands smiling down on you in heaven today.
Submitted by Michael, Maryann Conner on Apr 15 2018 04:59:13 PM
Cathy I can not believe you are gone! You were my go to person for everything happy and sad, frustrating, and exhilarating! SO many good memories all the way back you to taking us to the boardwalk (with Barb!), later helping you clean in Sea Isle belting out oldies from your reel to reel tape deck while drinking icy cold Cokes (in glass bottles because they were the best), staying with you during to week to watch Brenda and Fred while you worked nights, "Soap parties!", camping trips, vacations, holidays, and just simple visits with "save the world" talks late into the wee hours of morning. I don't know what to do without you in my life, but know that you did not want us to be sad (hard at the moment), but will always love an remember you and all those memories!! Please give hugs up there for me! I already miss you terribly and always will...
Submitted by Chele on Apr 15 2018 10:35:16 AM
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Katie Henry lit a candle on Apr 14 2018 07:43:56 AM
Oh Mom Cathy. You will be missed dearly. Your kindness to me and my family will be treasured forever. Rest in Peace.
Submitted by Cecilia Kee on Apr 13 2018 10:11:40 PM
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