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VALERIE CATHERINE MUNSTERMAN, age 63 of Chantilly, Virginia died Sunday, April 5, 2009 at her residence.

Cathy was a life-long teacher who eagerly shared her skills to help children advance. In large part her love for learning began with her own education, A Benedictine school for girls. As a Benedictine school rooted in a tradition of community and academic excellence, Saint Scholastica Academy educates young women by attending to the development of the whole person through emphasis on critical thinking, moral responsibility and lifelong learning.

Survivors include her loving husband James Ira Munsterman; five children, Michael Munsterman, Eric Munsterman, Jennifer Howard, Erin Pechie and Heather Munsterman; two sisters, Sandra Cohrs and Jill Hedman; one brother, Ken Bergquist and 11 grandchildren, Elise, Erin, Evelyn, Elissa, Emma, Taylor, Travis, Cameron, Connor, Mckenna, Tristan and an additional granddaughter, Addyson Grace, due in August.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 14 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 15 at St. Timothy's Catholic Church, 13807 Poplar Tree Road, Chantilly, Virginia. Interment 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Scholastica Academy, 7416 N Ridge Blvd., Chicago, Il 60645 or online at www.scholastica.us. Go to Alumnae and then make a gift in memory of Cathy Bergquist Munsterman.

Condolences may be sent to www.piercefh.com

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