Pat was born in Yonkers, NY in 1940, living in close proximity to loving relatives from her large, extended Ukrainian family. She and her brother shared idyllic times with their many cousins, aunts and uncles. The memories of her youth were a source of pride for Pat, who valued family, faith and tradition.
She received her Master’s in Education from Hunter College in NYC. Pat loved teaching and helping to develop young minds. Her 30+ years in elementary education outlined how she lived: patient, friendly and willing to support others.
While teaching in Washington, D.C., she met Carl who was assigned as a White House Social Aide between his tours in Vietnam. They later married at the United States Military Academy at West Point where Carl was teaching. This was the 1st stop on her global military adventure. After three years and the birth of her two children, the next moves with the US Army took her to Michigan, California, Germany, Pennsylvania, Virginia and finally Harvard, MA, which became “home”. In each location Pat made (lifelong) friends whom she stayed loyally connected to over the years.
A major part of her life was spent in Harvard where she loved to get involved. She was an active member the Harvard Woman's Club with special interest on their Veteran’s Affairs and Scholarship Committees. Pat’s faith provided focus. She valued the guidance, support and comfort she received as an active parishioner at the Holy Trinity (St. Theresa's) Church.
Pat’s favorite role though was that of “Grammy”. She played an active part of each of her three grandchildren’s lives - and loved cheering them on at their games, competitions, and performances. She knew their closest friends by name too. How fortunate they have been to have a grandmother who so openly cherished her time with each of them. They, as we all, will receive comfort whenever seeing her “spirit animal” (the giraffe) to be reminded of her eternal love.
Pat loved to entertain and was the consummate hostess – a skill she honed as a military spouse. She was an amazing cook with a treasured recipe portfolio that contained dishes from all intersections of her life. Her ability to tell a brief story… never existed, and many remember fondly her gentle taps on the shoulder as she punctuated key points of her narratives (ensuring attention). She remembered key details, names, and dates – as her planner was a masterclass in organization. In later years, since Carl’s retirement, he and Pat had become intrepid travelers – embracing adventure while also discovering new parts of the world.
For almost 52 years of marriage Pat and Carl embraced life’s adventures, challenges and thrills with optimism, humility and love. They made an effective team. Pat treasured the life they built and remained focused by her love of family, friends and faith. She will be deeply missed by those who knew her. Pat is survived by her loving husband Carl, her children John (Martha) and Amy (Kevin) and her grandchildren Liam, Libby and Bode. She is predeceased by her brother Richard, his wife Mary, her sister-in-law Dooley and nephew Dan.
Friends and family will gather to honor and remember Pat on Monday April 24, 2023 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at Badger Funeral Home, 347 King St. Littleton, MA. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday April 25, 2023 at 11:00AM in St. Theresa’s Church 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat's memory to Clear Path for Veterans New England, 84 Antietam Street, Devens, Ma 01434, or at www.clearpathne.org.