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Patricia A. DiFabion

September 4, 2020

Patricia A. DiFfabionPatricia A. DiFabion, 72, of Watertown passed away Friday evening, September 4, 2020.

Pat was born in Geneva, NY on August 12, 1948, daughter of William and Gertrude (Linehan) Bauer. She was a 1966 graduate of DeSales High School, Geneva and received her associates degree from Auburn Community College.

On September 20, 1969 she married Paul J. DiFabion, Jr. at St. Stephen's Church, Geneva.

Pat worked for NY Electric and Gas, Ithaca for ten years and for NY Telephone, Watertown for four years. She was primarily a homemaker for the last 35 years of her life. She was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church. Pat was active in the PTO at Wiley School, serving as president for several years and with Hope Johnston, ran Bosom Buddies, a breast cancer support group, in Watertown for several years. She was a member of Crappie Crafters for twenty years and enjoyed scrapbooking and basket weaving. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband, especially going on cruises and visiting National Parks. Her favorite times were spent with her grandchildren.

Along with her husband, Paul, Pat is survived by her son, Paul J. DiFabion, III and daughter, Elizabeth P. Hyle and husband Patrick, all of Watertown; stepdaughter, Caroline Walter, Huntington Beach, CA; seven grandchildren, Alexis, Nathan, Jacob, Natalie, Bennett, Marlowe, and Madison; sister, Barbara Carpenter, Geneva; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her brother, William Bauer, Jr, predeceased her in 1999.

Calling hours at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown will be at her family's convenience. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 8, at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick's Church followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery. Masks and social distancing are required for admittance.

Pat had battled breast cancer for 21 years and was Survivor of the Year in 2019 for our local Relay for Life. To honor her, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

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#16 Pat McGuireStigliani 2020-09-11 18:34
Herky, I send deepest sympathies to you. Pat had become such an integral part of NHS reunions; may it give you some small comfort to know she was cherished and will be missed by so many of your old friends. My memories of the 2012 Watertown mini-reunion remain vivid and dear; you and she prominent in them. God bless you as you navigate this loss.
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#15 lana stanfield hill 2020-09-08 15:54
we are so sorry for loss of a gracious, beautiful woman. just know our love and support are with you. wish we were able to hold you but we are holding you in hearts and prayers. we love you.
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#14 Martin Hall 2020-09-08 10:48
So sorry to hear of Pat's passing. Getting to know her was a real pleasure for Kathy and I and we always looked forward to spending time with her. Paul and Family are in our thoughts and prayers.
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#13 Andy Moran 2020-09-08 10:45
Herkie, please accept my condolences for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep you in my heart and thoughts. Please take care of yourself during this tragic time
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#12 Brian Boardman 2020-09-08 10:40
Paul and Family...Bernad ette and I want to share our condolences on Pat's passing. We enjoyed spending time with her and Paul on the many BCNYS trips and know that she has fought this disease for years. You are all in our prayers.
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#11 Fran Boffo 2020-09-07 17:38
Herky, I am so sad to hear of Pat’s passing. Her kindness, generosity and optimism were the memories I will cherish of her from our few short times together at reunions.
Love and prayers,
Fran Bowman Boffo
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#10 Maureen Korp 2020-09-07 16:03
I shall be thinking of you all tomorrow, so near and yet so far away, given the closed border of these complex days. Please know, I am holding thee in the light.
With love, Miki in Ottawa
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#9 Caroline Walters 2020-09-07 15:28
Dear Paul, PJ and Beth - the kids and I are heartbroken we cannot be there with you. So grateful we got to know Pat. Her welcoming of us to your family was such a great honor and speaks to her loving and kind soul. She will be truly missed. May her comfort bring you peace. All our love and prayers.
- Caroline, Alexa, Jacob and Nathan
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#8 Dave Reberry 2020-09-07 15:25
Dear Herky - Marita and I were so sad to learn of Pat's passing. She was a very special person and dear friend who will live on in our memories. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Love you.
Dave and Marita
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#7 Rita McKenzie 2020-09-07 14:29
Herky,
My heart aches at the loss of Pat. She brought joy to everyone and everywhere. I will miss her at the reunions. Lots of hugs to you and your family. I am so sorry. Rita
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