July 3, 2018
Patricia A. Cooley, 72, of Clayton passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday morning, July 3, 2018.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Thursday, July 5, from 4 - 7PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church on Friday, July 6, at 11AM with Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding. The family will receive friends at the Knights of Columbus, Clayton following the mass. Burial in Barnes Settlement Cemetery, Alexandria Bay will be at the convenience of the family.
Pat was born in Newark, NJ on December 26, 1945, daughter of Thomas and Helen (Hegedus) Alberti. Her father died November 1, 1956. Her mother then married John E. Munger and he adopted the children. She was a 1963 graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy and in 1965 from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. She married Lynn L. Cooley at St. Cyril's Church, Alexandria Bay and he died January 28, 1988.
She worked as a Registered Nurse for Alexandria Bay Hospital and then for Mercy Hospital. Pat served the NYS Department of Corrections for 28 1/2 years, retiring with a rank of Sergeant and she was known there as "Mama Cools". She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church. She was a member of the Crisis Intervention Team through Cape Vincent Correctional Facility and was a town justice in Alexandria Bay. Pat was a member of Elks Lodge 496, Watertown and American Legion Post 821 Ladies Auxiliary, Clayton.
Pat enjoyed Bingo, going to casinos, wild bird watching, and was an avid hunter. She was a member of St. Mary's Knitting Group, Red Hat Society, and both the Clayton and Alexandria Bay Senior Citizens.
She is survived by her son, Steven J. Cooley and wife, Gina M., Clayton; four grandchildren, Tory Cooley, Alyssa Davis, Mallory Cooley, and Mason Ingerson; her great grandson, Emmit Thomas; brother, James E. Munger and companion, Kathy Verne, Las Vegas, NV; sister, Sr. M. Gregory Munger, SSJ, Watertown; sister-in-law, Clela Cooley, Alexandria Bay; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Pat was predeceased by her daughter, Aimee L. Cooley, June 15, 2016.
The family wishes contributions in her name to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St. or Sisters of St. Joseph, 1425 Washington St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to Pat's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.