Patricia M. Walsh (nee Murphy) 78, on August 6, 2018 of Mahwah, NJ. Patricia grew up in Sunnyside, Queens and attended high school at Bishop McDonnell in Brooklyn. As a young woman, she worked at McCann Erickson and other NYC ad agencies as a secretary. She and Joseph Walsh married in 1962 and had three children on Staten Island before moving to Wyckoff in 1973. She volunteered at all the children’s schools, running fund-raisers and cooking for soup kitchens at St. Elizabeth’s and in later years through St. Gabriel’s in Saddle River. She worked at Don Bosco Prep and later at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York as an administrative assistant. She enjoyed the work and cherished the friendships. In retirement, Patricia volunteered for the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation in Midland Park, and for the 2004 presidential campaign of John Kerry. Throughout her life, Patricia enjoyed travel. She visited Europe several times with her husband Joe and later with her friend Jeanette Williams, with whom she also toured the American West. In recent years, she loved vacationing in New England with George and his family, and visiting them in Longmeadow, MA. A daughter and granddaughter of Irish immigrants, she enjoyed corresponding and visiting with several cousins in Ireland, who were her mother’s family from Killimor in Galway. She was a talented cook, whose multi-course holiday dinners and formal dinner parties will be remembered by family and friends. Patricia is survived by her beloved companion George Paduch of Wayne, NJ; son Joseph Walsh and Jay Fox and children Rainer and Rune Fox of Chicago; daughter Susan Walsh Lauria and Joe Lauria and grandsons Marcello and Liam Lauria of Long Island; and cherished son-in-law Michael J. Donovan of Ridgewood. She was predeceased last year by her daughter Joan Donovan, and in 1996 by her husband Joseph Walsh. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave, Ramsey, NJ. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 10 AM at St. Gabriel’s RC Church in Saddle River, NJ. Interment will follow at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, NJ. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, phone (800) 822-6344, stjude.org; or The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 USA; phone (800) 628-6860; nature.org. Please sign the online guestbook and share your memories of Patricia on this memorial.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Patricia Walsh 2018.
Death notice for the town of: Ramsey, state: New Jersey