Holly Loughrey (Wilson) Siegwarth(1955 - 2012)

Holly was received into the hands of our Lord on Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Wilmington, DE.

Holly was born in Wilmington, DE to the late Phyllis Scott and Everett Wilson and graduated from Concord HS in 1973. She graduated from Wilmington General Nursing School as a Registered Nurse and worked in the Emergency Room. Holly loved to learn something new. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business from Wilmington College's night school program. Holly became one of the first women pharmaceutical representatives in the area working for several companies including, GlaxoSmithKline and Berlex Inc.

She returned to nursing later in her career, becoming a Perioperative Nurse at Wilmington-Christiana Care Hospital. Holly earned her Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate from the University of Delaware and worked in that field on a part-time basis and became a Certified Case Manager. Her Berlex work focused on the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and sparked her passion for volunteering to help those in need.

Holly believed that physical exercise impacted not just the body but also energized the mind and lifted the spirit. She dedicated herself to improving the lives of those struggling with MS by working with the YMCA to develop pool exercise programs. When the "Y" did not have funds to buy equipment to help those struggling with MS, she raised the money through her medical contacts.

As a child, she loved to roller skate. Holly started a new club called the "Brandywine YMCA - Brandywine Bladers" for those who loved to roller blade in the neighborhoods. She often planned trips to Philadelphia to attend large skating event, explore different parts of New Castle County and South Beach Miami in the winter. Holly became involved with the Brandywine Rotary Club and found herself surrounded by positive people who wanted to make a difference in the community and the world. She helped organize Rotarian "exchanges" , became the president of her local club, organized Holiday Bell Ringing, and help raise funds for scholarships.

Holly's proudest volunteering project was being an organizer of the "Can Do" playground near Rock Manor Golf Course which was designed for children with special needs. She had a great love for animals, gardens, dancing, skiing and international travel but her greatest love was her children, Heather and Sean.

She is survived by her husband of 11 years, Bob Siegwarth, Daughter, Heather Loughrey Hena,and her husband Luke of Manhattan, and son Sean Loughrey of Wilmington, and their father Kevin Loughrey.

A celebration of life service will be held at Christ Church Christiana Hundred , 505 E. Buck Road, Wilm., DE 19807 on Friday, November 16, 2012, 10:00 a.m. Her ashes will be buried with her father, Everett, in the Memorial Garden. A reception will be held afterwards in the parish social hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Holly Loughrey Siegwarth's name to the Delaware Multiple Sclerosis Society 2 Mills Road, Suite 106, Wilmington, DE 19806 would be greatly appreciated.

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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2012