Sarah Pettrone Obituary

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Sarah C. Pettrone

June 23, 1976 - July 25, 2014
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Dr. Sarah Catherine Pettrone (38), daughter of Frank and Claire Pettrone, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday July 25, after a courageous battle with cancer. Sarah was born on June 23, 1976, in Washington, D.C. Sarah spent her childhood in McLean, Virginia, with her parents and two sisters, Kristen and Jessica. She was a graduate of Langley High School. Sarah went on to obtain a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 1998, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She remained a loyal Golden Domer the rest of her life. Sarah received a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Virginia in...
Dr. Sarah Catherine Pettrone (38), daughter of Frank and Claire Pettrone, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday July 25, after a courageous battle with cancer. Sarah was born on June 23, 1976, in Washington, D.C. Sarah spent her childhood in McLean, Virginia, with her parents and two sisters, Kristen and Jessica. She was a graduate of Langley High School. Sarah went on to obtain a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 1998, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She remained a loyal Golden Domer the rest of her life. Sarah received a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Virginia in 2002, completed a residency in orthopedics at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, NY in 2007, and a fellowship in hand surgery at the University of Washington in 2008. After completing her fellowship, Sarah proudly joined her father, Dr. Frank Pettrone, in practice at Commonwealth Orthopedics in Northern Virginia.

Sarah found tremendous joy in giving to others. She volunteered for many years as a soccer and basketball coach for the Special Olympics of Northern Virginia. She participated in several medical missions through Surgicorps International and the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade, travelling to places such as Bhutan, Ethiopia, and Honduras. She also volunteered locally with So Others Might Eat. Sarah was a devout Catholic and was a parishioner at St. Charles Borromeo in Arlington, VA.

Sarah was also an avid runner. She completed several marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, and the New York City Marathon. She participated in the 195 mile Hood to Coast relay race in Oregon, and several other events, including the Sandman Triathlon and the Cherry Blossom 10 miler.

Sarah is survived by her parents, Frank and Claire Pettrone, her sisters, Kristen and Jessica, and her much beloved nieces and nephews: Angelo (14), Adelaide (11), Lia (9), and Emmett (6). Sarah also cherished her close relationship with her extended family: the Pettrones, Gilmores, Ricciardellis, Watts, and Yennochs.

Sarah's family and friends are invited to gather in remembrance at Murphy Funeral Home (1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046) on Monday July 28th from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Robert Cilinski at St. Luke's Catholic Church in McLean, VA on Tuesday July 29th at 10am. In lieu of flowers, Sarah asks that donations be made to Surgicorps International (http://surgicorps.org) or the Special Olympics of Northern Virginia (http://specialolympicsva.org).

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