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  In Memoriam 2015-16  

January 19, 2016

Peggy Verdonck, Former Library Media Assistant at Marsteller and Gainesville Middle Schools

Ms. Verdonck passed away January 11, 2016 after a long illness. Ms. Verdonck worked at at Marsteller Middle School from 2000-2013 and at Gainesville Middle School from 2013-2015. In June 2015 she relocated to Georgia to be closer to her son. More information will be posted when available.


January 14, 2016


Elizabeth Catron, Teacher at Parkside Middle School, Brentsville High School, and Woodbridge High School

Elizabeth Catron passed away peacefully on January 13, 2016. In 1980, she began teaching in Prince William County Public Schools. She taught English, French, and the Gifted Program at Parkside Middle School, Brentsville High School, and Woodbridge High School. A memorial service for Mrs. Catron will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9325 West Street, Manassas at 2 p.m. View obituary.


January 13, 2016

Danna Ledbetter, kindergarten teacher at Coles Elementary School

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Pierce Funeral Home in Manassas
Family receiving guests from 2-3 p.m.
Funeral service at 3 p.m.
Interment will be on January 18 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Cemetery in Clingman, NC.

Condolence cards can be sent to:
Randy Ledbetter
8037 Whitting Dr. 
Manassas, VA 20112


January 5, 2016

Thurman (Jack) Sullins, Retired Teacher at Woodbridge High School

Mr. Sullins passed away on December 19 at 82 years of age. He was a teacher at Woodbridge High School for 10 years. His daughter, Jackie Mikus, currently works at Benton Middle School. 

Funeral services were held in Abingdon, Virginia on December 23.

View obituary. 


December 23, 2015

December 28, 2015

Margaret "Peggy" Bozzard, Retired Teacher at Enterprise Elementary School

Mrs. Bozzard died peacefully in her sleep on December 21. A service is set for December 30, 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart Chapel, off Purcell Road in Manassas. (The family asks not to be contacted as they deal privately with her unexpected passing.)

Mrs. Bozzard began teaching in PWCS in 1979. She retired from Enterprise Elementary School as a third-grade teacher in 2010 and worked as a substitute teacher after completing her retirement volunteer opportunity hours. She was nominated for the PWCS Teacher of the Year Award in 2010. 

December 23, 2015

Karen KingKaren King, Retired Bookkeeper for Media Services, Fred Lynn Middle School and Beville Middle School

Karen King passed away on December 22, 2015. She began her 31-year career with Prince William County Schools in 1976 at Fred Lynn Middle School, and later worked at Beville Middle School. She joined the Media Production Services Office staff in 1995 where she retired from her bookkeeper position in 2007. A private celebration of her life is planned.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to:
National Parkinson Foundation -

View Obituary.



December 17, 2015

Barbara Ann Beatty, Food Service Associate at West Gate Elementary School and School Food and Nutrition Services.

Barbara Ann Beatty passed away on December 12, 2015. She worked for PWCS from September 1989 to November 2015 on the Field Crew and at West Gate. Memorial services have already taken place. View obituary. For those wishing to express your sympathy to the family the following is provided:



Family of Barbara Beatty

7535 Alleghany Road

Manassas, Va. 20111

Memorial Contributions:

American Diabetes Association

National Processing Center

P.O. Box 13067

Alexandria, VA  22312


December 14, 2015

Joseph Paul Cardinale, former Prince William County Public Schools Teacher and Principal

Mr. Cardinale died on November 20, 2015. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He then dedicated his life to educating youth as a teacher and principal in Prince William County. His dedication made its mark on many of Gar-Field High School and Woodbridge High School alumni. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign War or the American Legion.

Cynthia Jacoby, former school nurse at Rippon Elementary School and Leesylvania School

The services for Cindy Jacoby were held on December 1 at 12 p.m. at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Woodbridge. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Melanoma Research Foundation Supporting the work of Gerald Linette, Washington Hospital Division of Oncology, Box 8007, Attention:  Robert Barczewski, 660 S. Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO  63110. 

Ms. Jacoby was hired on October 16, 1992, and worked as an office assistant and a nurse until August 2004, when she worked exclusively as a School Nurse until her retirement on August 13, 2012. Read more.

October 15

Donna Castellow, Teaching Assistant at Independent Hill School - Pace East 
Mrs. Castellow died on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. A card will be stationed in the Independent Hill School office for staff and friends who would like to sign it. The viewing will be Monday, October 19, 2015 from 6-7 p.m. at A. L. Bennett in Fredericksburg, 200 Butternut Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408. The funeral will be Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 11 a.m., graveside, at Sylvannah Baptist Church, 8400 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553.

October 12, 2015

Rebecca Wheaton, 5th grade teacher at Leeyslvania Elementary School
Mrs. Wheaton was wife of SRO Officer Bud Wheaton.  She died this weekend after a short illness. Memorial services will be on Thursday, October 15, at Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd., Woodbridge, VA with a viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. and the funeral service to begin at 11 a.m. Upon completion of the service, a motorcade will proceed to National Memorial Park. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Mrs. Wheaton's childhood church, Bethel Baptist Church located at 1004 Yorktown Rd., Yorktown, VA 23693.

Krsunthia Brooks Childs, former assistant principal at Lake Ridge Middle School 
Ms. Childs passed away on October 7, 2015, as a result of a long term illness.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 13, 2 - 6 pm at Cook-Richmond Funeral Home in Bogalusa, LA. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 14 at 11 am at Wesley Ray United Methodist Church in Angie, LA. Rev. Terrance August officiating. Interment in Dillon Cemetery.
View obituary and more information.


September 16, 2015

Megan Ramsburg, Special Education Teacher at Mary Williams Elementary School
Ms. Ramsburg died on Saturday, September 13, 2015 following a brief illness. She was employed by Mary Williams Elementary School from August 30, 2012 to September 11, 2015.

A memorial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 3 at the Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow. The interment will be family only.


August 10, 2015

Myra Jean Watts, retired French teacher at Gar-Field High School  

Myra was a career educator. She taught French at Gar-Field High School, retiring in 2000 after 35 years in the classroom. She was an avid reader and bridge player, and enjoyed gardening and BBC comedies. 

A private memorial service and celebration of life are planned. View obituary.



August 6, 2015

Amy Weeks, retired attendance officer for Prince William County Public Schools

Ms. Weeks worked for 30 years for PWCS and retired 3 years ago. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Friday, August 7, 2015 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Buckhall United Methodist Church, 10251 Moore Drive, Manassas, VA. Interment will follow at Buckhall Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Assistance in Healthcare, P.O. Box 396, Zion, IL 60099, in loving memory of Amy Taylor Weeks.

July 21, 2015

Leonard J. Valko Jr. Social Studies Teacher at Potomac High School

Leonard Joseph ValkoJr., 47, of Spotsylvania passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Stafford Hospital.
Funeral service info:
  • Wake - Tuesday, July 21, from 6-8 p.m. at Covenant Funeral Home, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Funeral - Wednesday, July 22, 11 a.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Kelly Valko, 10717 Chesterwood Drive, Spotsylvania, VA 22553
View obituary for full details



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