July 29 2019
Obituary Robert J. (Bob) Walsh Born in Omaha Nebraska May 18, 1928 Son of Patrick Kieran Walsh and Josephine Dougherty Walsh. Brother of Jack Walsh and Charles P. Walsh Margie Donahoe Walsh Born in Sydney Nebraska September 28, 1928 Daughter of Lawrence A. Donahoe and Ann Margaret Schifferle Donahoe Sister of Edward Donahoe, Patricia Donahoe and Harry Donahoe. Bob and Margie, who met each other in the third grade, were the love of each other’s lives and were inseparable. Father and Mother of Robert S. Walsh (married to Bernadita Remandaban Walsh), Mary Ellen Jurgielewicz, Paul Kieran Walsh (married to Marigie Tan Walsh) all of Virginia Beach, Anne Marie DeCatsye (married to John F. DeCatsye) of Charlotte, NC and Bartholomew Frederick (married to Christina Sanchez Walsh) of Riverview, FL. Margie would not be happy if we did not recognize her oldest client in real estate, Jon Rosen of Los Angeles, CA, whom she considered her “fifth son”. Adored Grandfather and Grandmother of Joshua Walsh, Alicia Walsh-Noel Bray (married to Jon Bray), James Bernard (JB) Walsh (married to Erika Seelenbinder Walsh), Bobby Walsh (married to Mackenzie Madden Walsh), Edward Francis (Eddy) Jurgielewicz, Rachael Jurgielewicz Fitzpatrick (married to Loren Fitzpatrick) and Katherine Margaret (Kate) Howard. Doting Great-grandfather and Great-grandmother of Conan, Alathea and Samuel Fitzpatrick, Lilliana and Kalina Walsh and Ranger Stockton Bray. Bob and Margie were preceded in death by their parents, siblings and their son Lawrence Patrick Walsh. Bob attended both Creighton Prep and Creighton University in Omaha, NE leaving to finish his engineering degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI where he was a member of the Triangle Fraternity and the Engineering Knights honor society. After graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1950, Bob started his career with Peter Kiewit in North Dakota as a Carpenter Foreman at the Garrison Dam. Soon Bob applied and was hired as a shift engineer by S. A. Healey. Bob was proud to be part of the building of the dam which would be used to divert the Missouri River and generate hydropower. Early in her life, Margie’s family moved to Omaha NE where her father practiced dentistry until his death. Margie was extremely proud to be the daughter of a pioneer in the field of periodontal dentistry. A princess in the 1950 Ak-Sar-Ben court, Margie graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart and attended Barat College in Lake Forest, IL. She was a member of the 1950 graduating class of Duchesne College in Omaha, NE, with a degree in English. She started her career teaching in the Omaha Public Schools system. On September 8, 1951 Bob and Margie were married at Saint Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church in Omaha. The wedding was officiated by Monsignor Nicholas M. Wegner, head of Boys Town with singing by the Boys Town Choir. After they were married, Bob and Margie moved to Davenport Iowa, where Bob worked at the Rock Island Arsenal and Margie taught school. Bob eventually worked for Kirkham Michael and Assoc. becoming a registered professional engineer in Nebraska. Bob then went to work at the USAF Strategic Air Command (SAC,) supervising design and construction of Base Housing on SAC bases all over the USA, including Puerto Rico. With three young children, Bob and Margie moved to Madrid Spain for a brief “tour of duty” at Torrejon Air Base, seeing as much of Europe as possible including a visit to the Vatican. After returning to SAC, Bob transferred to the Air Force Regional Civil Engineer, in Omaha where two more children were born. Bob was then transferred to Colorado Springs CO where he helped finish the NORAD Headquarters inside Cheyenne Mountain, and start and finish the expansion of the Air Force Academy from original 2000+ cadets to the 4 ,400 cadet capacity it is now. One more child arrived while living in Colorado. In 1968, after five years in Colorado and a promising career as a civilian for the Air Force, Bob transferred his skills to the U.S. Navy and went to work for the Chesapeake Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, in Washington, DC, assuming the duties as Director of Construction where he worked until he retired. Margie and Bob started their family in 1952 and ultimately had six children. Margie was a dedicated mother who gave up her career to raise her children as Bob’s career took them from Omaha to Madrid to Colorado and ultimately the Washington, DC area. In the early 70s, Margie and Bob took the real estate class together which launched Margie’s illustrious career as a Top Producing REALTOR® over the span of 28 years in Potomac, MD. After Bob retired, he became Margie’s “assistant” and the two worked together complementing each other’s strengths until they retired to Virginia Beach in 2000 where they have enjoyed being close to two sons and one daughter in the area with regular visits (but never enough) from their other children and their many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. The family will always have fond memories of their Annual 4th of July Whacky Hat Croquet Tournament on the lawn of their home, dubbed “Walsh Downs”, which Bob and Margie participated in well into their late 80’s, after which just watching gave them tremendous joy. The grandchildren will always remember the “GPC” or Grandparents Clause which allowed them to partake in ice cream at any time of the day to the lighthearted frustration of their parents. Besides her passion for real estate, Margie enjoyed fashion and decorating. A slender 5’10” beauty, Margie, who modeled in Colorado, was always stylish in how she dressed even when causal. Ever the optimist, Margie declared Friday the 13th a “lucky day” and treated the kids for ice cream, a tradition that the children and grandchildren continue. Very social and outgoing, Margie enjoyed her time working at the Freckled Fox in Virginia Beach where she met many new friends. Together Bob and Margie enjoyed many years of playing bridge and probably the only regret either one had in life was that none of their kids had taken up the game. Bob and Margie also enjoyed antiquing, travel, opera and ballet. More recently, Bob and Margie had grown fond of going on cruises, particularly with their friends Peggy and Paul Spera, winning “The Dating Game” onboard their most recent trip. But nothing made Bob and Margie happier than to have all the family gathered at home for a meal and board games. Bob was an arch conservative when it came to politics, relishing his Fox News for hours and hours to Margie’s chagrin. Despite his political leanings, Bob was a friend to all. When he met someone new, he had the rare gift to pull them in and love them as if he had known them all his life, no matter what the person’s religious of political leaning. If someone was a friend of his children, they were his children too. It would not be a true picture of Bob and Margie’s life together if we did not mention their faith and devotion to God and the Catholic Church as well as to each other. Until only recently, Bob and Margie attended Mass daily and prayed the Rosary every night. Their faith and love for each other sustained them through many of life’s challenges through the years. In 2018 Bob was at Margie’s bedside after Margie broke her hip, never leaving her in the hospital or in rehab. They were each other’s strength. Unfortunately, after Margie was released from rehab, Bob started to say his back hurt. In retrospect, we believe Bob waited to say anything about himself until he knew “His Margie” was going to be ok. Ultimately, in July of 2018 Bob’s prostate cancer had metastasized into his bones. Bob put up a valiant effort to fight the bone cancer for the past year, never losing his sense of humor, but ultimately succumbing to the cruelties of it. There is no doubt he fought as hard as he did to once again make sure “His Margie” was taken care of. Until the end, they wanted to be near each other and hold hands, comforting each other in their final hours, worried more about each other than themselves. They are a true testament to love. They embodied what marriage is and should be and what many of us will never begin to grasp. It is with a very heavy heart that the children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren say farewell to Bob and Margie on this earth who passed within 12 hours of each other. But because of what Bob and Margie taught us, we know we will see them again, pain free, reunited with each other and once again smiling and holding hands. A memorial funeral mass will be held at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church on August 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel will be assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The American Cancer Society or The Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com To send flowers to the family of Robert and Margie Walsh, please visit Tribute Store. Events Aug3 Memorial Mass Saturday, August 03, 2019 10:00AM St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Get directions View MapTextEmail Order flowers for Robert and Margie’s Memorial Mass. Guaranteed delivery before Robert and Margie’s Memorial Mass begins. Memorial Contributions Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502 800-272-3900 Visit website American Cancer Society (Virginia Beach Office) 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 800-227-2345 Visit website
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Robert and Margie Walsh July 29 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Chesapeake, state: Virginia