1960 - 2019
VEILLETTE Connie A. Veillette, Ph.D. Of Fairfax Station, VA passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 following a lengthy and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Chris, their son, Alex, her mother, Julie Jones, of Gulf Shores, AL, aunt Esther Ford of Belchertown, MA, uncles Mike and Jim Sardone of Canton, OH, as well as cousins, sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Born July 24, 1960 in Canton, OH and a 1982 graduate of Ohio University, Connie moved to Washington, DC in 1983 to work for Congressman Ralph Regula (R-OH), beginning a 27-year career on Capitol Hill. She served the Congressman in multiple positions, culminating as his Chief of Staff for eight years. Her tenure also included multiple positions in the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and Senior Professional Staff Member at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the leadership of Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN). During her career, Connie also completed her master's degree in Latin American Studies and Ph.D. in Political Science from the George Washington University where she served as an adjunct professor. As a founding member of The Lugar Center, Connie had been a Senior Fellow co-leading its Global Food Security and Aid Effectiveness programs since 2013. But of all of Connie's life accomplishments, those who knew her would agree that what she treasured the most were those as wife to Chris and mother to Alex. Connie's intellect and sharp wit led her many colleagues and friends to respect and admire the high quality of her work and cherish her friendship. Following her pancreas cancer diagnosis, she focused not only on her own treatment but dedicated herself to helping others in seeking early detection and new treatment options through clinical trials. Last year, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center recognized Connie's courage and commitment to the fight against cancer by inviting her to speak on behalf of all of their cancer patients at the dedication of its new Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions honoring Connie's life may be made to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Her family will host a celebration of Connie's life on Friday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. N.W., Washington, DC. Her family will host a celebration of Connie's life on Friday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. N.W., Washington, DC.
Published by The Washington Post on Apr. 28, 2019.
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Celebration of Life
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St. N.W.,, Washington, DC
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a loved one
May 13, 2019
Chris: Sue and I are so saddened to hear of Connie's passing. We wish you and your family much peace in this time of grief. I know that you will all be comforted by the memories of Connie and by the celebration of her wonderful and brave life. God Bless all of you.
Jay McConville
May 13, 2019
So sorry to learn of Connie's parting. What a wonderful, dedicated soul. Much love and blessings to her family.
Gordon Adams
May 9, 2019
Hi Chris. I am so sorry to hear about Connie. You two were such great neighbors, and she was such an inspiring person. Please accept condolences from the Fogg family.
Alan Fogg
May 7, 2019
I am heartbroken for you Chris.
Maura Black
May 5, 2019
Condolences to Chris, Alex, and family.
Philip Veillette
May 2, 2019
My Deepest Condolences to Connie's family and friends, especially to her Mother Julie Jones, my friend from Gulf Shores, AL.
Elaine Jorden
May 1, 2019
a loved one
April 29, 2019
Connie was one of the most remarkable humans I have ever had the honor to know. First she was my client, then my friend, and left this Earth as my Soul Sister. Her territory was vast and her kindness, intelligence, wit and authenticity were some of her most treasured qualities to me as she touched so many of our lives. I was with her just before she passed and was on the journey with her for 5 1/2 years providing her with medical oncological massage therapy as an adjunct to her course of treatment. I was Nanny to she and Chris's son, Alex, for four years and am now still blessed to be in his life as "Aunt Rhonda." Connie and her family became extended family to me and my two daughters. Losing is her is such a loss, yet I sense her Spirit near at times. May we all keep her story alive and her memory in our hearts. I surely will. Love you and miss you, dear Connie. Your Soul Sister Forever, Rhonda
Rhonnda Neumann
April 28, 2019
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