Laura Josephthal Kavanaugh, 51, of Roanoke, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, April 26, 2012. She was born October 11, 1960, in Rochester, N.Y. She attended Western Albemarle High School and was a proud graduate of Mary Baldwin College. Early in her career, she was a beloved elementary school teacher. She was a devoted and loving mother to her two daughters, and steadfast in her friendships. She found joy in little things such as sharing a joke, knitting, and dachshunds, (particularly Sophie, her constant companion). She was a great listener and was always there to comfort someone with her soothing presence. Her outlook on life was optimistic and hopeful, even in the face of life's challenges. Most recently, she was highly devoted to the cause of helping immigrants to learn English, and to help them assimilate into American culture. She was deeply loved by all who knew her.
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Survivors include her husband, Joseph Kavanaugh; her daughters, Katie Wolfe, 18, and Mina Wolfe, 16. Also, her parents, Daniel and Ada Josephthal, of Charlottesville; sisters and brothers-in-law; Meg and Curt Haensel, of Falls Church, Amy and Chip Fleischer of Hanover, N.H.; and brother and sister-in-law David and Amy Josephthal, of Goshen, Ind. She was an affectionate aunt to six nephews and one niece.
Arrangements have been made for a visitation at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church on Electric Road in Roanoke at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, followed by a memorial service to celebrate her life at 4 p.m. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to
Published in Roanoke Times from May 1 to May 2, 2012