Obituary: Patricia P. O’Reilly, 87, wife of John O'Reilly
Patricia P. O’Reilly, 87, was born December 12, 1926 in London, England to Ralph C. Pond and Mary C. (Ashton) Pond. She and her mother immigrated to the United States after the death of her father in 1929, settling with extended family in Connecticut. Her mother later married Michael Slamon, and Pat was blessed with two younger sisters.
Patricia graduated from Norwalk High School in 1945, and received her BA in History from the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY in 1949. She went on to earn her Teaching Certificate from the (then) Danbury State Teachers College.
On July 9, 1952, she married John A. O’Reilly at Saint Mary’s Church, Norwalk, Connecticut.
Pat taught sixth grade at Tracey School, in Norwalk, for 4 years before leaving teaching to travel with John as he built his career with the DeWalt Saw Company. Their travels took them to Jackson, MS; Cincinnati, OH; and for more than 30 years, Plymouth, Michigan. In 2002, they joined the Greencroft Community in Goshen.
Pat was active in many chapters of New Comers during her travels and still was in touch with many of the friends made in those groups. She was a long time member of the AAUW with a special fondness for the book groups. During her time in Plymouth she was an active volunteer at the Plymouth Historical Museum, and Our Lady of Good Counsel church and school.
Pat enjoyed gardening, sewing, crewel and knitting. At one time or another she dabbled in almost every type of art and craft project. Eventually, she developed a love of oil painting and focused on rustic themes and landscapes, many of which graced her homes.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, John; her daughter Ann Linley, son-in-law Gary and grandsons Michael and Daniel all of Elkhart; her sisters Maureen (Fred) Rottjer of Trumbull, CT, and Eileen Connors of Norwalk, CT; and four nieces.
A Catholic funeral Mass will be at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, at St. Mary’s of the Annunciation Church in Bristol. The family will receive friends for 2 hours before the service. Father Bob Van Kempen will preside. Interment will occur at a later date at Violett Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Goshen Boys and Girls Club.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.