Catherine Mary Iacobellis

September 30, 1959 - October 21, 2020

Memorial Gifts & Donations

Catherine Mary Iacobellis, 61, of Norfolk, Virginia sadly lost her battle with colon cancer on the morning of October 21, 2020.

She was born to the late James “Jimmy Gums” and Theresa “Ducky” Broderick in Flushing, Queens, New York on September 30, 1959.

She was married to her devoted husband, Michael Iacobellis on June 9, 1979.  Together they shared a life filled with love, laughter, and lots of eye-rolling.

She is survived by her three beautiful, charismatic girls Jaime Duval, Megan Purser and Katie Fudala; her patiently understanding son-in-laws Cameron Purser and Matt Fudala; and her amazing grandchildren Parker Duval, Brody Purser and Amber Fudala.

When her children were young, she was very active in her community, organizing events for families and leading one of the local Girl Scout troops.  Cathy loved to read and passed this love on to her children. She was also an avid crocheter, crocheting blankets for all her friend’s and coworker’s babies, wanting to make sure that every baby was swaddled in warmth and love when they entered this world.  As her children grew up, she enjoyed traveling with her husband and spoiling her grandchildren.

Cathy taught those she loved to be strong, not to give up, and to find the silver lining in things even when the situation seemed uncontrollable. She also recommended not taking yourself too seriously and instilled her warped sense of humor in her children.  It is her legacy of laughter that will live on.

While this is a-nu-start for us all, every time we see a cat creeping around shoes, we experiment with new recipes in the kitchen (like turkey tetrazzini) or see karmic bodily harm come to someone (like a bottle stuck to your tongue), we will think of her and smile.

Cathy was a very private person and would smite us all if we held a public viewing or funeral (she will probably haunt us for writing something nice about her).  Family will host a Celebration of Life at a future date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater.

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Delores Ferrell
3 years ago

Mike, I’m sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jeff Calhoun
3 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and family. Cathy was a wonderful person-we knew her in so many ways.

Melissa Stahl
3 years ago

Mike – Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. On behalf of the Board, Staff and Members of the Atlantic Coast Chapter NECA office, please know we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Martin Byrne
3 years ago

Brother Mike I’m sorry for your loss . You fought a tough battle now God has here bless you

3 years ago

My sadness is alleviated in the knowledge that Cathy is no longer suffering and no longer in pain. I have been thinking about all of the fun times we had and all of the important life events that Cathy was a part of. I feel blessed that she was such a big part of my life. I am so glad that she got to witness all three of her wonderful daughters have babies of their own. My heart breaks for my cousins, Jaime, Megan, and Katie, knowing how much they are suffering right now. Uncle Mike, I cannot even imagine… Read more »

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