New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | November 28, 2022

Catherine Seitz Hargan

Catherine Seitz Hargan, 68, passed away quietly in her home after a lengthy battle with brain cancer on the morning of Nov. 5, 2022.

Catherine was valedictorian of her high school class in 1972 and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Masters of Social Work. After graduating, she returned to her home of New Kent to work in the Department of Social Services and serve the communities of New Kent and Charles City. She later became a field instructor for VCU’s School of Social Work in New Kent, and trained many aspiring social workers while continuing to give back and serve her community.

After leaving the VCU training program, Cathy went to work for Bon Secours Hospice where she found her penultimate calling. She was beloved by both fellow coworkers and patients alike. She has been one of the few social workers to received the SR. Elizabeth Durney, CBS Award for Excellence in Care of the Dying in 2016 from Bon Secours. She retired in 2019 with great admiration and respect for those at Bon Secours Hospice.

Catherine is survived by her husband, Ricky Hargan; children, Erin Cramer and Ryan Hargan; grandson, Logan Cramer; and her beloved blue heelers, Bode and Bailey.

Per Catherine’s wishes, there will be a Celebration of Life this Spring which will be announced once details are set. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to New Kent Department of Social Services, P.O. Box 229, New Kent, VA 23124-0229, or Bon Secours Hospice at

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