Seneca Falls, NY/Durham, CT - Patricia C. John, 83 of Seneca Falls, NY, spouse of Richard L. John for 64 years passed away peacefully at her home on December 31, 2020 of complications from Alzheimer's dementia.
Born in Durham, CT on May 9, 1937, Pat was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Bertha (Libby) Crawford and lived in Durham the majority of her life, retiring to Seneca Falls, NY in 2004. A 1956 graduate of Durham High School, Pat raised their two sons then followed her passion working with small children as a K-2 teacher's aide employed by the Middletown, CT School District for over 30 years. She was actively involved with the Middletown Federation of Para Professionals Local 32161 AFT-CT including serving as Treasurer for many years. Pat followed her father in serving as a Justice of the Peace for 10 years and was a long-time member of the Durham Laurelites Homemaker's Club. She also was a long-time member of the Durham Republican Women's Club and baked many delicious homemade pies for the Club's booth at the annual Durham Fair in September. Over the course of her life Pat had many dear friends including Gerry a pen pal from England whom she was randomly assigned in fourth grade. They met a few times over the years in both England and the United States. In 1998, their 50th anniversary was celebrated with a Town of Durham proclamation and party.
Pat was also an active member of the Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Durham including a number of years as a member of the vestry. She was proud of having her sons in the Jr. Choir and as members of the acolytes. When the Durham church fell upon difficult times, Pat then became a member of the church where she and Richard were married, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Middletown, CT. Upon moving to New York, she became a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Seneca Falls.
Pat is survived by her husband Richard L. John Sr. of Seneca Falls, sons and daughters-in-law Richard and Bonnie John of Charlotte, NC and Dr. Gregory and Dr. Doreen John, DVM of Seneca Falls, NY, five grandchildren, Laura, Kelly, Henry, Spencer, Murphy and several dear cousins.
A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Old Durham Cemetery, 30 Town House Road, Durham, CT. There will be no prior calling hours.
Donations in Pat's memory may be made to Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes, 1529 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 or pathwayhome.org, or to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 Winton Rd. South, Rochester, NY 14623.
Graveside Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 |
Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
Durham Cemetery - Durham, CT
Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 | 11:00am
Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 11:00am
Durham Center Cemetery
Town House Road Durham, CT 06422