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Patricia "Pat" Putnam

Patricia Gail Putnam, 73, of Lansing passed away while surrounded by those she loved on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca.  Born on August 5, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Olga “Ollie” (Geiger) Holden.  Pat was employed as an aide at Lansing High School and went on to retire from the Lansing Residential Center, where she worked as a corrections officer and made an impact on many people with whom she worked.  She proudly gave up some of her dreams to be a stay at home mother and raise four beautiful children.

In her free time, Pat enjoyed sewing and painting.  She also had a love of animals, especially cats and dogs.

Pat is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, G. Edward Putnam; children, Chris (Marlene) Loomis, Tiffany (William) Northrup, and Shannon (John) Cole; son-in-law, Steve VanEtten; sister, Barbara (Roger) Yonkin; and grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, McKinzie, Dalton, Jared, Ryan and Jason.  She was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Putnam-VanEtten.

There will be no public services at this time.  A celebration of Pat’s life will be announced in the spring.  For those who wish to honor Pat in a special way, please consider a memorial contribution to SPCA of Tompkins County at 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, or online at http://www.spcaonline.com/gifts.

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I worked with Pat in Lansing Residential for some years and I always looked forward to escorting the girls to her class daily. She always spoke of her children ,grands and husband. I remember her diamond falling out of her wedding ring at home she shared one night and the next week her husband replaced it.. and Pat acted as though she had a diamond tree in her yard and stated she needed to loose more jewelry. There was something magical about her that everyone felt and it. Pat cared about the staff and she always had a encouraging message to lift you up.. Pat you were a Angel on earth before you received your heavenly wings..
My love to your family at this time.
Reverend Diane Jones.

Diane Jones Dec 21 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Patricia "Pat" Putnam

John, Renata, John Lewis, Sarah and Easton Dec 20 2019 12:00 AM

She was an absolute amazing grandmother. I'll miss you everyday!

Michael Dec 20 2019 12:00 AM