Obituary of Veronica Washam

February 22, 2024

Veronica M. Washam, born on March 24, 1935, in Newark, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at Bellevue Hospital in New York City on February 22, 2024, surrounded by loving family members. Fondly known as Ronnie to many, she faced numerous challenges throughout her life with unwavering resilience and determination.

At the tender age of two, Ronnie lost the use of her left arm to Polio. Despite this adversity, she refused to let it hinder her pursuits and excelled in various interests. A talented swimmer, Ronnie possessed a fabulous sense of humor and always imparted wisdom to those in need. She was a beacon of positivity, inspiring those around her with her unwavering spirit.

Ronnie graduated from St. Aloysius High School and went on to earn several academic achievements. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College followed by a Master of Education from Columbia University. Additionally, she obtained a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University. Ronnie's remarkable journey was featured in a local New York paper on February 10, 1974, in an article titled "On One Arm Living" by Daniel Henninger.

A passionate writer, Ronnie authored a book titled "The One Handers Book," published by John Day Co. in 1974. However, her greatest passion was music, particularly singing Billy Holiday songs and the Blues. She graced the stages of various clubs, including Arthur's, where she performed with a jazz troupe, captivating audiences with her soulful voice.

In her final moments, Ronnie's love for music remained evident as she smiled and repeated "The Boys In The Band." May she rest in peace, knowing that her legacy of resilience, positivity, and love for music will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

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