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Catherine ‘Cathy’ Fagan Reaser, 73, retired teacher and coach

Catherine 'Cathy' Fagan Reaser
Catherine ‘Cathy’ Fagan Reaser

WILLIAMSBURG — Catherine “Cathy” Fagan Reaser, 73, passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Cathy was born June 20, 1947, in Norfolk and was the daughter of the late Paul Curt Fagan and Mary Elizabeth Pulik.

Cathy grew up in Norfolk and Chesapeake and graduated in 1965 with honors from Great Bridge High School. She received a scholarship to attend Old Dominion College (now Old Dominion University) in Norfolk. Cathy graduated from ODC in 1969 with a B.S. Degree in Health and Physical Education. Upon graduation, she received a job offer to teach at her alma mater, Great Bridge High School, in the physical education department. Cathy was the head coach of the girls field hockey, volleyball and basketball teams, and she coached the field hockey team to four local championships. In 1972, Cathy married the love of her life, John William Reaser, and together they built a family rooted in love. After staying home with her children, she returned to the classroom as a special education teacher’s aide at Woodbridge Middle School in Woodbridge.

Cathy’s biggest joy in life came from spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She had a smile that could light up a room and never met a stranger. She was a lifelong Redskins fan, loved playing bunco with neighbors and traveling. Music was one of her passions, and she would immediately start dancing and singing when she heard a song playing. She loved gardening and was always so proud of the beautiful flowers that adorned her home. She also loved going to the beach with her kids and grandsons. Cathy was an active member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Woodbridge and then Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Timothy Dennis; sister, Anne Marie; and son, Paul David Reaser.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, John William Reaser II; son, John William Reaser III, and his wife, Agnes; daughter, Lee Ann Reaser; grandsons, Patrick Sebastian, Peyton Timothy, Jacob Simon and Peter Michael; and sister, Patricia Fagan.

A celebration of Cathy’s life will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 17, at Bucktrout of Williamsburg, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. Private interment will be held in Williamsburg Memorial Park, Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 358 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Share online condolences with the family at Bucktrout of Williamsburg Funeral Service.

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