in loving memory of
Catherine Elizabeth Bomberger Custalow
January 16, 1961 - October 29, 2022
Slideshow of Cathy's life
Catherine Elizabeth Bomberger Custalow, 61, died of post-surgical complications on October 29, 2022 in Charlottesville, VA. She is survived by her devoted son, Nicholas T. Custalow of Charlottesville, VA, his father G. Kevin Custalow, her father, James R. Bomberger of Harrisonburg, VA, and her brother, Douglas (Teresa) Bomberger of Landisville, PA. She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris A. Bomberger, and her daughter, Lauren E. Custalow.
Cathy was born in Lancaster, PA on January 16, 1961. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School and Eastern Mennonite College. She furthered her education by earning both a PhD in Anatomy and an MD from the Medical College of Virginia, specializing in emergency medicine. After completing a residency at Denver General Hospital, she accepted a research fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. She worked for ten years at the University of Virginia Medical Center as an emergency room physician and professor in the medical school. A severe spine injury forced her into early retirement in 2007. In retirement, she devoted her scholarly energies to writing and editing medical books. She wrote the “Color Atlas of Emergency Department Procedures,” and she edited the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th editions of “Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine.”
Cathy was an avid traveler who was introduced to living overseas when she lived with her family in Cuttington, Liberia for two years as a child. She subsequently taught English at the Chongqing Institute of Architecture and Engineering after graduating from college and made numerous trips to countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
Cathy is remembered by her friends and family as a warm and loving person. She shared her mother’s artistic talent and her father’s skill at writing. She was a devoted mother to her son Nick, who is also an artist.