Chuck’s Story

Site created on March 8, 2018

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Chuck started to lose control over his left arm and leg in late November, which landed him in the ER in early December. The doctors diagnosed a series of strokes as the cause.  Once he got out of the hospital, Chuck immediately started OT and PT and walked around with the help of a cane. Unfortunately, his condition gradually worsened over the next couple months — he continued to lose control of the left side of his body to the point where he required a walker to get around. 

By mid-February, Chuck’s speech started slowing, he struggled to find words, and he would sometimes drift off mid-sentence. After yet another fall that resulted in 4 broken ribs, Chuck ended up at Winchester Medical Center on March 2nd. About a week and many MRIs later, the neurologists and neurosurgeon suggested that Chuck could have an infection in the brain or a tumor. Either way, a biopsy of the mass that had grown from the size of a peach pit in December to the size of a tennis ball in March would be necessary to know for sure.

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Newest Update

Journal entry by Rebecca Conaty

Many of you have asked where to send cards, flowers for the funeral Mass, and whether there are causes Chuck would have liked donations sent to.  Thank you for your thoughtful and generous offers.  Below is some information I hope will be useful:

For those wishing to send cards:
The Charles Conaty Family
P.O. Box 69
Basye, VA 22810

For those who would like to send flowers, please have them sent directly to St. John’s in McLean where the funeral is to be held, for delivery on the morning of April 12th.
St. John the Beloved Catholic Church
6420 Linway Terrace
McLean, VA 22101

If you would like to send them to our home, please email me at and I’ll be happy to share our address.  Chuck loved sending me flowers over the years and we always had fresh flowers in our home so blooms would of course be welcome if sent to our home or to the church for his funeral.

Having a Mass offered for the repose of his soul would also be welcome by going to your local Catholic church office.  They keep a log of when these Masses are offered and often have acknowledgement cards for you to send to the 
family.  Chuck would have like this very much.

For those who wish to donate to a charitable cause in Chuck’s name, please consider donating directly to any of the organizations below or to any organization you think Chuck would have supported:

St John the Beloved Catholic Church
Same as above

The Heights School
10400 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, MD 22853

St. John Bosco Catholic Church
Catholic Outreach Thrift Store
207 N. Main Street
Woodstock, VA 22101

Our Lady of the Shenandoah Catholic Church
240 Fritzel Way
P.O. Box 654
Basye, VA 22810

Thank you,
Rebecca & Family

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