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Vera Casey Memorial Fund

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This fund is set up in memory of Vera "Casey" Gonzalez, who passed away as a result of complications from liver and lung cancer in Arlington Virginia on Saturday, 6 May 2017, surrounded by her daughters and ex-husband. Donations made to this fund in honor of Casey will support cancer research and public education relating to the prevention, early diagnosis, better treatments and ultimately, a cure for cancer. Vera was born in Ansbach, Germany to Margit Moeller and James Casey. Casey was a Department of the Army civilian, writer, mother, and community volunteer. She earned a Cold War certificate and other military civilian accolades. Casey made many sacrifices that came with being a military dependent and spouse. Her father James Casey (RIP), Sergeant Major, US Army, was a WWII veteran. After living in Germany and Turkey when she was young, her family settled in New Jersey, where she attended Oceanport Grammar School and Shore Regional High school, Class of ’67. Casey loved horses and worked at Monmouth’s Park Racetrack. Amongst her many moves she wrote short stories for her family and later developed her writing talents while working in media, research, and newspapers including the Alexandria Gazette in Northern Virginia and military base newspapers such as the Tempelhof Air Base Tabulator during the Cold War. Casey was in Berlin when the Wall came down in November 1989. Previous to that she was directly involved in facilitating the visit by President Ronald Reagan on 12 June 1987 where he gave his famous speech "chairman, tear down this wall" in West Berlin. Casey cared deeply for her community through service to others and volunteering in many settings. She was one to often volunteer on military installations lending support to our service-people and their families. She also remained an active member of Alexandria Free Methodist Church and the MD1 chapter of Rolling Thunder. One of her last contributions was volunteering for the Alexandria INOVA hospital. She is survived by her mom, Margit, sister Ingrid, and daughters Isabel and Olivia, niece Anna, and loving pup Max. Casey was an organ donor. Through her generosity and caring, Casey will help restore vision to two people. A memorial service will be held at the Alexandria Free Methodist Church, 4901 Polk Ave, Alexandria, Virginia, on Saturday, 13 May 2017 at 10:30am.

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