Lottie Julia Deptuch Pidgeon|
Virginia Beach - Lottie Julia Deptuch Pidgeon, loved by those who knew her, died peacefully on June 30, 2014.
Her beloved husband of 46 years, Capt. George Joseph Pidgeon, USMC Ret., and her brothers preceded her in death, Edward Michael, who died in WWII, and Thaddeus J. Deptuch.
Lottie was born on November 8, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of the late Michael Deptuch and Anna Zuba Deptuch. In 1942, she met her husband-to-be, US Marine, George. They dated four months when he left on the USS Iowa for the Pacific. They corresponded, and when he returned in January 1945 he promptly proposed. They married that June.
Lottie excelled in shorthand reporting and worked as a hearing reporter in New York City's District Attorney's Office. Later, during WWII, she reported for conscientious objector hearings, alien enemy hearings, and other government related hearings. After the war, she worked as a court reporter for the NY State Liquor Authority during hearings. During the 15 months George deployed for the Korean War, she gave birth to their fourth child and managed the household.
Fluent in reading, writing, and speaking Polish, she was a Coast Guard and Red Cross volunteer translator for a number of years. In Virginia, she managed the Tumor Registrar's office for the Portsmouth Naval Hospital.
Lottie enjoyed entering and winning writing and skill contests. A competitor in City, State and National Senior Olympics, she was also honored in the Washington Apple Commission's World's Greatest Grandma finals. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to enter contests. In addition, she belonged to the Polish-American Society of Tidewater.
She is survived by her six children, their spouses, and nine grandchildren: sons Robert Pidgeon and his wife, Mariana, of West Jordan Utah, Richard Pidgeon and his wife, Betsy, of Virginia Beach, and their son, Nicholas, and his wife Nathalie Pidgeon, William Pidgeon, and his wife, Brenda, of Norfolk, and their children, Jonathan, and his wife Megan, Nicole Pidgeon Skees, and her husband Charles, and Anna, and daughters Joan Pidgeon Dixon and her spouse Roy, of Suffolk, and their daughter Loni Dixon Ashley, and her husband John, Linda Pidgeon Fenske and her spouse Wes, of Apex, NC, and their children, Myles and Jason, Elaine Pidgeon Weisner and her spouse Brad, of Rocky Mount, NC, and their children, Nathan and Kevin.
Her surviving cousins, nieces and nephews were too numerous to include, but definitely loved.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 PM, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Church of the Sacred Heart in Norfolk, Virginia. A reception will follow the Mass in the church social hall. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the Mass.
The funeral interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date, where Lottie will be buried next to her husband, George.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the USMC Museum, MCRD Command Museum, 1600 Henderson Ave., Ste. 212 San Diego, CA 92140, (619) 524-6719. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Laskin Road Chapel is handling arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 2, 2014