After enduring a series of falls that began last May and the increasingly serious medical complications they created, Lesley Ann Bubenhofer passed away in the early morning of April 26, finally at peace.
Lesley leaves behind her husband of nearly 60 years, Fred, their son Kurt (Sharon), grandchildren Chris (Marina) and Katie, siblings Joe (Patty), Cindy (Kerry), and Sue (Cheryl), and family and friends across the country.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, to Christina and Leslie Waldron, the family moved to the warmer, drier climate of San Diego for her father’s health, driving toddler Lesley across the country in the midst of World War II rationing.
Lesley was an excellent student, setting a high bar that was rarely reached by any of her siblings. She attended the University of California at Los Angeles, San Diego State and after marrying Fred, received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Davis. She received her master’s degree in Human Resources Managementfrom Pepperdine.
Kurt was born in San Diego while Fred fought in Viet Nam. Fred’s career in the U.S. Marine Corps took the family everywhere from Guam to Washington DC, where they put down roots in Fairfax after his retirement.
Following decades of moves every few years, Lesley seized the opportunity and began working for the Virginia Department of Corrections, serving as the state’s Chief of Probation and Parole in Fairfax County for much of her 30+ years with the agency.
With her retirement in 2010, she refocused her tenacity on a variety of community projects, including serving as development director for OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University.
She could out-walk just about anyone, tallying 5-mile jaunts nearly every day, and became a gym rat, frequenting the local Pilates studio as often as she could.
Meeting friends for lunch was a joy, often at Bistro L’Hermitage in Occoquan, her favorite restaurant, where family birthdays were often celebrated.
A memorial service will be held at a future, safe date.
Donations to any of the following organizations in her name would honor Lesley’s memory.