Patricia E. O’Cain Patte passed away peacefully on April 20, 2009, at Hospicare, Ithaca, at the age of 91.  She formerly resided for forty-six years at 508 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca, and prior to that on West Main Street in Dryden.

Pat was born into a family of French and English speaking parents in St. Jean, Quebec, on April 10, 1918.  She spent her early years in Champlain, New York, where she was raised by her beloved maternal aunts, Mamie and Lilly LaFountain, and traveled with them and her grandfather, Dada, on his canal boat from Quebec City to New York City.

Pat first attended St. Mary’s Catholic Boarding School, went on to Champlain High School and then attended a nurses training program.  One of her fondest memories of high school was playing the piano after lunch recess for the students and faculty until the bell rang.  Music remained important to her, as she played piano and banjo in a band, “The Aristocrats”, which toured North Country and Quebec roadhouses and dance halls, and she always loved to sit at the piano and play American “standards” by Cole Porter and others.

Pat enjoyed life, bringing joy to those around her, and that remained so after she married George D. Patte in August of 1940.  “Pat and Patty” Patte met after Patty’s baseball game in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he pitched professionally in the old Eastern League.  Pat had a long association with Cornell Athletics through Patty, where he was head baseball and soccer coach and athletic administrator from 1952 to 1978.

Pat and Patty’s marriage of 40 years gave them four beautiful children; Beverly (Richard) Szewczyk of Rochester, NY; Kathleen (Peter) Malison of Ithaca (Kathy passed away on November 10, 2000); George, Jr. (Mary) of Ithaca; and MaryAnn (Gerald) Hester of Palmetto, Florida.  She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, who affectionately called her Bono. In addition to her husband, who passed away in 1981, she was preceded in death by her mother, Mabel Cravier in 1997.

Pat had several careers, most notably as beautician, realtor and as landlady at 508 Stewart Avenue, but her life’s work was her family.  She always offered strong support to everyone, especially to her children and grandchildren.

Her last years were spent at Longview, where she saw family and made good friends, and then at Hospicare, where her care by the staff was special.  Pat’s family especially takes strength from the loving care given her these past several months by her children and grandchildren.

Pat loved the winter, missed the old-time North Country winters and recently said she would love to go for a walk on a night with quiet snow falling.  Her strong spirit and sense of pride in all she did, and especially her love for her family, will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, Pat’s wish was to remember Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850, St. Catherine of Siena Church, 302 St. Catherines Cr., Ithaca, NY 14850, or Cornell University Fund for Athletics, C/O Orleen Gutor, Teagle Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Family will be present to receive friends on Thursday, April 23, 2009, from 5-7PM at Lansing Funeral Home, 32 Auburn Rd., Lansing, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Fr. Michael Mahler, will be held on Friday, April 24, 2009, 11AM at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Ithaca, NY, followed by burial at East Lawn Cemetery.

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