Patricia Pitka

Patricia Ann "Nada" Pitka (Connelly)

Wednesday, November 15th, 1944 - Monday, September 30th, 2019
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Patricia Ann Connelly Pitka left this earth surrounded by her family, on September 30, 2019. “Nada”, as she was affectionately known, was born in Lynchburg, Va. on November 15, 1944, to the late William Hatcher Connelly and Catherine Ellen Wooldridge Connelly. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by the father of her six children, Stephen Harold Kennedy.

Nada is survived by her soulmate, William Frederick “Papa Bill” Pitka who was by her side to the end to comfort and care for her. She is also survived by her children and their families; Catherine Blair Kennedy and her children, Lawrence Alexander Allen and Colleen Elizabeth Kennedy; Elizabeth Kennedy Macher and her husband, Richard Henry Macher and their children, Madison Ann Macher and Richard Harrison Macher; Heather Kennedy Miano and her husband, Michael Anthony Miano, and their children, Morgan Concetta Miano, Anthony Stephen Miano, and Catherine Alexandra Miano; Stephen Harold Kennedy, Jr, and his wife, Sarah Beimler Kennedy, and their children, Stephen Harold Kennedy, III, Lillian Ann Kennedy, Clare Elizabeth Amend, and Matthew Alexander Amend; Brennan Kennedy Poling and her husband, Richard Milo Poling, and their child, Jacob Lee Poling; and William Joseph Hatcher Kennedy.

She was the oldest of five children, Ellen Lucky, Beth Fauber, Bill Connelly, and Carrie Walker. Nada graduated from Virginia Intermont College’s nursing program and went on to be a Registered Nurse for some 22 years in Lynchburg. Following her marriage to Papa Bill, they became leading influencers in Lynchburg in holistic and new age spiritual living, opening a bookstore and community gathering place for those searching for more. Papa Bill and Nada subsequently moved to North Augusta, SC, where they created an oasis in the woods. Countless memories were created by the welcoming embrace of Nada and Papa Bill, and their home was a treasured retreat to both family and friends, and to the myriad of dogs and cats coming into their care.

Nada was a kind, encouraging, and nurturing mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. Not only was she a mother to six, she was also “Mommy Ann” to dozens of children, including her beloved nieces, nephews, and the countless children coming into her care. The impact of her spirit and her spunk will always be with us.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, 305 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, Va., where a memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Alex Richardson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Franklin County Humane Society, 18401 Virgil H. Goode Highway, Rocky Mount, Va. 24151.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Alex Richardson


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Roy Siefert

Posted at 09:08pm
For another perspective:
We are renters from Pennsylvania of Here Comes The Sun in Hatteras. I never met Ann or Bill, but have spoken on the phone and survived Mathew in HCTS while talking with them. Ann and Bill have kept up HCTS like no other home we ever rented. You can tell that from the get go. They also have a fabulous person, Missy, who watches over the house while we are there. Sorry for the diversion, but this family has a wonderful outlook not only for them, but willing to share their wonderful place with others. I am convinced they do it for the memories and they like others to share. We have benefited for many years. Thank you!

Betsy Ballowe

Posted at 06:50pm
Richard "Boaty" and I were extremely saddened to learn from Beth of the death of Ann. Richard has fond memories of their early years as cousins. Please extend our prayers and best wishes to the extended family. Now she is at peace.

Richard and Betsy Ballowe

Lynsi Montgomery

Posted at 04:12pm
I have such fond memories of my childhood with Mommy Anne. She will be dearly missed by me and my family. In recent years when I was going through a hard time she wrote me “You is kind, You is smart, You is important” and was a great companion on Words with Friends. I will miss her dearly and hold the memories I have with her dear to my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you especially Brennan and Will whom I was closest to in age. Thinking of you all right now!

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Posted at 08:49am
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Posted at 06:38pm
Steve- We are sorry for you and your families loss. You are in our thoughts.
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