1929 - 2004
"Mom we are always looking"
was born in Brooklyn, New York October 25th, 1929 – the
day the market crashed. The country was in disarray but Pat would
go on. She lived, married, and had children all within the borough
Influenced by the Crash and living through the Depression, Pat
chose to live a simple life. Her favorite times were taking long
trips with her husband Jack and their four boys Richard, Steven,
Kenneth, and Michael. They would travel every state in the U.S.,
sightseeing, looking for the best bargains, last minute cheap
motels (with a pool of course) and early breakfast specials.
In 1971, after 20 years of marriage, Jack died of a heart attack
and Pat went on raising four boys alone; she would never remarry
but dedicated her life to her family. Then in 1976, having been
diagnosed with emphysema and told she would not live long, she
decided to take the whole family to the one state she had not
seen … Hawaii. Pat wanted to live so she quit smoking and
she fought the disease. In 1994 she had lung construction surgery
and got a second chance: Pat went on.
Later in life she enjoyed making clothes, bags, and costumes
for her grandchildren, Rich, Jessica, Nicole, Kenny, Christina,
and Amanda. Pat loved to drive her old, beat up station wagon
and, of course, talking on the phone with her best friend and
After suffering for five months Pat’s last wish was to
die soon enough to make this flight … PAT GOES ON!