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Sandra L. McCarthy

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June 5, 1947 ~ April 25, 2014

Sandra L. McCarthy, age 66, of Oak Hill, VA passed into the loving arms of Our Lord surrounded by her family on April 25, 2014 at her home. She was born on June 5, 1947 in Detroit, MI to the late Bernard J. and Agnes Hoffman Bulger.
Sandy loved life and loved working with people. After her children were older she searched for a rewarding way to give. She found that at our Church, St John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston, Virginia. Working there 26 years she was often the one first seen and talked to by people with their joys and sorrows. Her ministry was to give warmth and caring to all who entered. Many Pastors and Priests came and went but she was known as the foundation of the Parish. Sandy gave much and endured much.
Sandy was the beloved wife of 46 years of John P. McCarthy, loving and devoted mother of John (Mandy Saver) McCarthy of North East, MD, Caryn (Steve) Davis of Ellicott City, MD and Michael (Shawna) McCarthy of Swansboro, NC. Sandy dedicated to making the lives of her grandchildren special each day; Andrew, Aidan, Jacob, Molly, Jack, Shane, Adyson, Sophia, Caleb, Haleigh, and Brittany. She is also several survived by aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 1st from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, VA, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Friday, May 2nd at 10am. Interment will immediately follow at Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Herndon, VA.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made at the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) 124 Park Street, SE., Vienna, VA 22180 or March of Dimes (www.marchofdimes.com)

Visitation

St. John Neumann Catholic Church
11900 Lawyers Road
Reston, VA 20190

May 1, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mass of Christian Burial

St. John Neumann Catholic Church
11900 Lawyers Road
Reston, VA 22190

May 2, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cemetery

Chestnut Grove Cemetery
Drainsville Road
Herndon, VA 20170

May 2, 2014
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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  1. I liked sitting in Sandy’s family room bouncing the ball for Bear and Fritz and Rex while Sandy and I would sit and chat about things. Very simple times, but unforgettable memories of such a nice, giving, loving woman. You will be missed dearly.

  2. I will miss your warm smile and cheerful personality that brightened any room you entered. Thank you for being a friend. You were kind to everyone you met and will be missed by many. The angels have a special spirit in their midst. My sincere sympathy to your family as they deal with losing you. Kathy Jones

  3. On behalf of my parents, Hal and Gloria Macomber: Sandy was always so helpful with a bright smile and sweet spirit. Her generosity, care and compassion given freely to all at St. John Neumann. Please extend our deepest sympathy and prayers for the family on their loss. The Macomber Family

  4. IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME LOOKING IN HER OFFICE & NOT SEE SANDY SITTING THERE WITH HER SMILING FACE .SHE NEVER SHOWED THE PAIN SHE WENT THREW..JUST SMILED & SAID "HOW ARE U DOING?" .I FOUND OUT THAT SHE HAD KNEE REPLACEMENT YEARS AGO AND I NEEDED MY KNEES REPLACED BUT WAS AFRAID OF HAVING SURGERY..SANDY, THE PERSON THAT SHE WAS, SAID DENNIS IT’S GOING TO BE OK LOOK AT ME I’M FINE NOW. I HAD DR. KLEIN WHO DID MINE. HE’S VERY GOOD TRUST ME SO I DID ..THAT WAS SANDY BEING THERE FOR ME.. I’M GOING MISS HER REASSURING HUGS. THEY MEANT I LOT TO ME. I’M GLAD YOU CROSSED MY PATH. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE YOUR FRIEND DENNIS

  5. John and the McCarthy family, Rosemarie and I had the great fortune to meet Sandy through Rosemarie’s brother Father "Doc" when we visited him at the parish. We felt very close to Sandy at once and over the years grew to love her as a dear friend. Sandy shared in many events in the life of our family, some happy and some sad, but we will always remember her visit to our home with Molly. We had such a wonderful time. She was a remarkable person whose spirit will make Heaven an even better place. With love and prayers, Frank and Rosemarie

  6. irfJohn I’m so sorry for your families loss. Just know that you are surrounded by those that care.

  7. Sandy was one of the nicest and friendliest people I know . Prayers and thoughts with the family

  8. Sandy the special person in Beta Sigma Phi, in Beaverton Oregon we send our sincere sympathy too your loss, dear Sandy rest in peace, Edda.

  9. I am sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. As her cousin, (her dad and my mom, Emma Brennan, were brother and sister), I would see Sandy infrequently over the years at family events, the last time at her father’s funeral. My thoughts snd prayers are with her family at this time. Sincerely, JAnet Ellis

  10. We are so sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. The last time we saw her was at her dad’s funeral. It was so nice to see her and meet the family. May the wonderful memories you have help you through this sad time. God Bless you, Polly and Dave Gehr Patricia and Mike Dumont

  11. I am very sorry to hear about Sandy’s passing. I didn’t know her, but she is my mom’s first cousin. I am in the middle of planning a Bulger Reunion this summer and was looking for addresses when I found her obituary. I’m sorry I never had the chance to meet her. Sounds like she was wonderful. My heart goes out to all of you.

  12. Sandy was there for me when my beloved son, Mark Bowns Szymanski, died in 1998. Her words of comfort remain in my heart… My sincere sympathy to her beautiful family. I am so sorry for your loss, and that it took me so long to send this message…

  13. Sandy was there for me when my beloved son, Mark Bowns Szymanski, died in 1998. Her words of comfort remain in my heart… My sincere sympathy to her beautiful family. I am so sorry for your loss, and that it took me so long to send this message…


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