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|Barbara Ann Cebuhar|
|Viewing: February 22, 2018 (Thursday) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.|
Service: February 23, 2018 (Friday) at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Barbara Ann Cebuhar
Age 63, Of Fairfax, VA, adored spouse and mom, 40 years an area resident and health care communications expert and unstoppable champion for her family, her friends, her parish, her neighbors and the poor ...on February 12, 2018 at Arlington VA, of complications from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Born in California, raised in Bethesda, MD and Tulsa, OK, she moved to DC in 1977 and devoted the rest of her life to health care strategic communications until her own illness slowed her down. She advocated passionately for health care quality and accessibility at the national and local level, most recently in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in DC. She was Communications officer for the American College of Surgeons, and Principal of New Century Communications with its dozens of federal and NGO health-field clients. During the mid-80's, she was Public Affairs Director at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, OH, and Communications Director at the former Greater Southeast Community Hospital of Washington DC. Barbara played central public affairs roles for the inaugurations of Presidents Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. She was appointed Associate Administrator for Public Affairs of the vast Administration for Children and Families /US Department of HHS in the George H. W. Bush administration. Virginia Governor George Allen appointed her to the Virginia Board of Health Professions, which she chaired from 1998-2000. She graduated in 1977 from St Mary of the Woods College, Indiana, and received a 1981 Masters in Public Communications from American University in DC.
Barbara was vitally engaged for 40 years at Holy Trinity Parish in Washington DC as a lay minister and organizer. She co-founded the Parish's vibrant Young Adult Community where she met Charles E. Lahey, and happily relented to his tireless efforts to marry her. They committed their shared life to service and to their children. She was also devoted to the Carmelite Community at La Plata, Maryland where her remains will rest. Barbara was a whirlwind of action and delight to her friends. She was happiest hosting parties and famous for bringing people together. She opened her home and heart to help old and new friends with whatever they needed: a connection for a job, or a recipe, or a new friend, or a place to stay. She knew the butcher, winemaker, printer, and government officials by name, and they knew hers. Her ferocious joy, energy, determination, generosity, unbounded love and caring will live on.
She is survived by her loving partner and spouse, Charlie, and their sons, Connor and Ryan all of Fairfax; by her sister, Mary Frances West of Maitland, Florida, and her brothers, Phillip of Tulsa, OK, Mark of Ypsilanti, MI and John of Springdale, AR and by her brothers and sisters in-law and in-love, and countless friends and cherished colleagues.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to SMALLRAIN.ORG ...the family's own 501(C)(3) active for 10 years in providing health care in west Africa to thousands of tiny children.
Visitation will be Thursday February 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at DeVol Funeral Home in Washington, DC (complimentary valet parking available). Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church in DC on Friday, February 23 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will take place at the Discalced Monastery, La Plata, MD on Saturday, Feb 24 at 11:00 AM
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