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Kathy Placilla

Kathy Dawn Placilla

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
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Kathleen “Kathy” Dawn Placilla, née Moffett (72), resident of Urbanna, Virginia passed from this life on March 18, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19. Kathy, originally from East Norwich, New York, is survived by her husband of 49 years and best friend, Melford Placilla of Urbanna, Virginia, her daughters Christina and Kelly, and her grandchildren Colleen and Gabriel. Hailing from a large Irish family, Kathy is also survived by her sister Eileen (Warren) Heath, brothers and sisters in-law William (Dehbra) Placilla, Connie (Michael) Altieri, Nancy Moffett, Charlotte Placilla, and Timothy (Margaret) Placilla. Her numerous nieces and nephews include Danielle DeFalco, Justin Placilla, Heather Wilder, Sarah Harris, Megan Moffett, Marlo Ransdell, Benjamin Placilla, Clint Edwards, William Moffett, Ryan Hastings, Kaitlin Moffett, Blair Heath, Stephanie Peterson, Kevin Placilla, Caroline Lane, and Thomas Placilla. She was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Thelma Moffett and her siblings Michael Moffett, Peter Moffett, and Colleen Noe.

A life-long educator, Kathy graduated from Saint Dominic’s High School (Class of 1967) in Oyster Bay, New York. She attended both Nassau Community College and the State University of New York, Brockport graduating in 1971 with a degree in English. She completed post-baccalaureate coursework at both the University of Texas, Pan American and at California State University, Long Beach. A tennis coach and English teacher throughout her career, she began her career at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, New York where she taught English. She was the tennis coach and an ELD (English Language Development) teacher at McAllen Memorial High School in McAllen, Texas for eight years. She then taught English Literature and Writing at Fullerton High School in Fullerton, California for twenty-one years. After her retirement, she continued to volunteer coach local high school tennis teams at both Fullerton High School and Middlesex High School in Saluda, Virginia.

Kathy's students have incredible memories of her always challenging them to do their best, persevere, and push their limits to achieve their dreams. A champion of her students’ success, Kathy set up an empty board in her classroom for her seniors to display their college acceptance letters, and by the end of the school year, the board was full. On the last day of school, she would read to her senior class the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” with many of the students in tears as they exited the classroom realizing how much she had impacted their growth. She inspired many to pursue education as a calling, including her daughter, Chrissie.

Kathy was an avid hockey enthusiast, supporting her beloved Ducks of Anaheim from their very first season- even in the worst years for the team. She enjoyed playing tennis weekly, skiing when the snow hit the slopes, and jet skiing and playing in the water at the “rivah.” A dog lover, she is also survived by her rambunctious canine companions Lambeau and Selanne whom she shared with her husband and daughter Kelly. She will be remembered for her warm and compassionate spirit, her generosity, her sarcastic wit and eye rolls, and her love for her family. Kathy was always able to find the best bargain, and taught that skill to her kids, nieces, and nephews, and was the aunt that taught everyone how to drive a stick shift in the Orange County hills in her beloved Mazda Miata with the top down.

Due to the current pandemic situation, a private funeral service was held at 11 am on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. However, for friends and family that were not able to attend, the service can be streamed. To access please Click Here

A public service to celebrate Kathy’s life will be held for friends and family during the summer of 2021 with details to be released at a later date.

Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel in Saluda, Virginia is assisting the family with arrangements.
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    Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 11:00am
    Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel
    15 CF Edwards Ln
    SALUDA, VA 23149
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    Due to the current pandemic situation, a private funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. However, for friends and family that are not able to attend, the service will be live streamed.


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Charlie and Eleanor OReilly

Posted at 05:47pm
Kathy nurtured and helped many to grow. May these trees help to keep her work as a teacher and mentor in our memories.

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Andy Lauzier

Posted at 12:10pm
Mel - May God comfort you and the entire family during This difficult time. Terri and I send our love and prayers Andy Lauzier
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Dorri and Ray Raposa

Posted at 10:32am
What a lovely service for Kathy. While I only had a few opportunities to spend time with her, I saw her in you both - Mel and Kelly for years. May her memory be eternal.

Ken and Debbie Aducci

Posted at 10:24am
Mel and Kelly, please know the thoughts and prayers of the Aducci family are with you! I remember the Richmond office holiday party when Debbie, my wife, sat with Kathy and Kelly for most of the night. Afterwards we were walking to our car, and Debbie said Kathy was amazing, and then continued to talk about how she loved spending the evening with her and Kelly. She left a lasting impression on many!

Leon Palmisano

Posted at 01:45am
To Mel, Kelly, Christina, and the Placilla family. Kathy was the best. I will always remember first meeting Kathy in 2002 and now I’ve been blessed with 19 years of her friendship. Kathy was wonderful to my wife, Monica, and my three children (Anthony, Gianna, and Leo). Without Kathy’s guidance, we would not have won 5 league titles in 4 years with the boys and girls tennis teams. It was amazing that she rented an apartment here in California and volunteered to be my assistant coach while she resided in Virginia. Those who knew her and her selfless acts of service were really fortunate. Thank you, Mel, for the many lunches and dinners, when you had the chance to visit California. We think of the Placillas every time we sit on the patio furniture that was gifted to us prior to the move to Virginia. We are deeply saddened by her passing. We pray that all the wonderful memories of Kathy comfort you and your family.

God Bless, Leon Palmisano, and family

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