Audrey Joan McCarthy

July 5, 2008


Past Services

Thursday July 10, 2008
11:00 am
Little Creek Amphibious Base Chapel
Norfolk, VA

Audrey Joan McCarthy

Norfolk – Audrey Joan McCarthy, 77, daughter of the late Mary and Joseph Zimmerman of Buffalo, NY, went to be with the Lord July 5, 2008.

Audrey became a professional baton twirler at the age of 9 when she joined the Ted Lewis Show, touring the country’s night clubs, theaters, and stadiums, such as Chicago’s Soldier Field.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband of 57 years, Charles Edward McCarthy; four children, Colleen McCarthy, Kyle Stewart Robin, Kevin McCarthy Karen, all of Virginia Beach, and Pat McCarthy Janna of Chesapeake; her sister, Dorothy Hill of Virginia Beach; sister-in-law, Marion Hilditch of Duncan, SC; and twelve grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Lenore Blair of Tallahassee, FL.

Family and friends will always remember her endless energy and generous heart.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2008, at the Little Creek Amphibious Base Chapel. Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, is handling the arrangements. The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

All non-military guests who wish to attend the funeral mass must contact Altmeyer Funeral Home at 422-4000 to be placed on a list of attendees for security allowing entrance to the base. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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Penny Edwards
8 years ago

Audrey was truly a gift from God. I will always remember how her face would always light up with her warm smile. Thank you Audrey for all those gifts you gave me and the ladies at Cedar Road Elementary Cafeteria. I mostly, thank our Lord for sharing you with us. You will remain in a lot of peoples hearts. My prayers are also with the family. I pray that the family and friends can find strengh in knowing that Audrey was loved by many.

Joyce Gallo
8 years ago

Audrey, I am so happy that I was able to meet you, you always had a smile upon your face and put a smile on everyone else’s. Your home now and at peace, I will miss you. Thank-You for coming into my life. love you Joyce. p.s. thank’s for the candy.

Tracie Muskovac & Family
8 years ago

Colleen, Kyle and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless you with comfort and peace as your loved one begins a new life with Him.

Love and God Bless.

Erika McCarthy
8 years ago

Dear Grandpa, Dad, & the rest of the family,

I just want to say a few words that I wrote about our beloved grandmother,

Our Grandmother

She possessed dignity and pride

And truly walked in beauty.

Had a kind word for everyone she knew,

taking a genuine interest in each person she encountered.

She had many friends, but no enemies.

That was grandma.

Her family was her pleasure in life.

She loved to cook,

and dance,

and sing,

and touch babiesâÄô faces.

She was a giver, but rarely a taker.

That was grandma.

She possessed strength and courage,

gave good advice

but never meddled.

She harbored secrets we will never know

and suffered in silence many times

facing lifeâÄôs trials with determination.

Yet, she always remained beautiful.

The stresses of life did not seem to touch her

and if they did, it never showed.

That was grandma.

She decorated all of our lives with her beauty,

her patience,

her love.

Her presence demanded respect from those around her.

She had a sense of humor

and her laughter was a joyous sound.

Her face was like an angel,

soft and beautiful.

That was grandma.

She was a rare human being

and I am proud to have known her

and have had her in my life.

She was one of my greatest teachers.

She has been here all of our lives,

so not having her with us now seems unnatural.

But in our hearts she will live forever.

If I could describe love,

It would be she,

it IS grandma.

The Nester's
8 years ago

Dear Mr. McCarthy & Family,

We are never prepared for the loss of a loved one, but God is always prepared to help us through that loss.

May His presence begin the healing in your heart and soul, and may His love surround you with the comfort only He can give.


The Nester’s

Melvin, Kenneth, Jerry & Jody

Helen Bielicki
8 years ago

Dearest Uncle Charles, Colleen and all my dear family. We are sending you our deepest sympathy in the loss of Aunt Audrey. We will miss her very much, her smile and laughter, her humor, spirit and strength. We have wonderful memories of a wonderful dear lady who gave so much to all of us. If I could be there I would but I am unable to make the trip because of Ed’s Mom. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers always. God has taken her home in peace. Love, Helen, Ed, Steve, Jonnie and Martin Bielicki

somer campbell
8 years ago

grandma aud

I know that you were not my grandma biologically speaking through my parents only a step grandma , but that did not matter at all to me… you treated me , my son , and my family with so much love and respect … you will forever be missed . grandpa charlie , kevin, uncle pat, aunt collen , aunt kyle,and to the rest of the mccarthy clan you are in my thoughts and prayers and i love you all so very much …. love you grandma

Erin Hannon
8 years ago


What can I say about you that I dont live everyday. You were the rock of this family and the laughter that kept us all alive! You were always the party planner, the coordinater of family trips and the face I looked for in the front row of every performance I had! My heart ached everyday that you were in pain and it aches everytime I take a breath. I know you are here with me now, I can feel you protecting me from the pain that distracts me from singing, and I know you are here beside my every time I step up on the stage! You were my inspiration and the wind that carried my dreams. I love you so much and I know that where you are there is no pain and you will continue to love us and protects us in our lives. I keep you with me everywhere I go. I love you Grandma, you taught us to follow our dreams and to be strong, and nothing will keep me from doing that because you are here with me! I miss you so much.

Your Erin

Patrick Hannon
8 years ago


i love u so much and i cant believe how much i miss u right now.I wish u were here and i will keep u in my prayers everyday and i will always keep in my mind and in my heart. i will always remember uand i love u so much.

love ur grandson


Denise&Ralph Rowe
8 years ago

I’m sorry for your loss. Audrey was a wonderful and caring person.Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

8 years ago

My prayers are with the family. She was a sweet lady. I’m gald i got to know her. May the lord give the family, the strength they need. Margie Haygood cre

Marge Kachuba
8 years ago

Our heart is with you and your family. God is there for you all. God bless you and you family. Marge

Billie and Todd Russell
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Donna & Bob Ballard
8 years ago

Such a beautiful lady with a spirit of laughter and loving life. We were neighbors in Poplar Halls where our children grew up. Kevin, our boys, Bobby and Billy were with you in Boy Scouts. Our love and prayers are with you all. Donna and Bob Ballard

Kathy Smith
8 years ago

To the McCarthy Family,

Thank you for sharing Miss Audrey with us at Cedar Road Elementary. Her laughter, sense of humor and frienship will never be forgotten. She was very proud of her family and all of her grandchildren’s accomplishments! I will miss her dearly. May you find peace knowing she is in heaven ready to watch her Buffalo Bills begin another season.

Rosie Oliver
8 years ago

We all loved here so much.

My depest Symphty to the Famely. She surley will be missed.She was loving and giving she was just like oure Mom. Rosie Oliver

Richard & Jerrie McCotter
8 years ago

Your kindness and thoughtfulness will be greatly missed. What a wonderful neighbor you have been for the past 7 years.