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Patricia Katherine Betz McCloskey Obituary
Surrounded by her family, a remarkable woman, mother, wife, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend passed peacefully to heaven on Saturday, January 20th in her 87th year. She will be with her wonderful husband Vinny finally and forever.
Patricia is predeceased by her husband of 51years, Frederick Vincent “Vinny” McCloskey, and her “Irish Twin” sister Mary Lou Affa. She leaves behind a loving family including her daughter Valerie and husband Joseph Vignona (Stony Brook, NY), her son Michael and wife Vivienne Reynolds McCloskey (Southlake, TX), and her daughter Carolyn and Roy Miranda (Saint James, NY). Her 4 adoring grandchildren, Alexandra, Luke, Camille, and Julia will all miss the time spent with her, and the true love she exhibited for each of them. She always made each one feel special and loved to hear about their life and what they were doing at school, work, or home.
Patty graduated from Farmingdale High School even though she grew up in Bethpage, New York. After secretarial training, she worked at O.E. McIntyre as a secretary for a few years until she was married. She met Frederick “Vinny” McCloskey at an Irish American Hall Dance and was smitten. They married on July 5, 1959, and honeymooned in update NY. On their honeymoon, they won a dance contest. Patty and Vinny were impressive dancers. They could dance the foxtrot, waltz, swing, etc. People would stop and watch them dance in awe. They were flawless in their movement and always had a fun time. They had 3 children: Valerie (1963), Michael (1964) and Carolyn (1961). She was proud that all their children (and grandchildren) graduated from college.
In addition to being a wife and mother, she was a Girl Scout Leader for her 2 daughters for many years. She was active in the Saints Philip and James R.C. Church as a Religion Teacher, Eucharistic Minister, and Lay Franciscan. Occasionally, she would iron the priest’s vestments and liturgical linens for mass as a volunteer. Patty was active in the local Republican Party. She was a Pro-Life advocate and travelled to Washington DC for the annual Day of Prayer.
Patricia (Nannie or Grandma) McCloskey was kind, warm, caring, loving, and devoted to e her Catholic faith, family, friends, community, veterans, and the USA. She was always willing to host a family gathering or holiday, like the annual lobster party, give a warm hug, share a hot cup of tea, or make her mom’s famous Irish Soda Bread. She loved her home and was a fastidious homemaker and decorator. Her favorite color was any shade of blue. She loved flowers especially delphiniums and forget-me-nots. Her favorite holidays were Christmas and Fourth of July. She loved classical music, Neil Diamond, Englebert Humperdinck, and Tom Jones. She loved her grandchildren fiercely and prayed for their health and happiness daily. She loved her sisters, cousins, nieces, and nephews and enjoyed having a good laugh with them. Her sweet smile, twinkle in her eye, and willingness to do the right thing was infectious. She simply lit up a room upon entering. Her unwavering devotion to her late husband and 3 children was unparalleled.
Patty wanted everyone to be their best person. Even though she never attended college, she valued education as the best way to develop as a person and as a citizen. She enjoyed spending her time reading and discussing the Bible. She loved Jesus, the Virgin Mary, all the Saints, and of course Angels. She had numerus statues, pictures, religious books/bibles, and memorabilia of them in her cozy room. She may not have had a college degree, but she was smart as a can be when it came to religion, politics, and world events.
Her amazing 87-year life spanned the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Kennedy Assassination, the Moon Landing, Vietnam War, Korean War, 9/11, and COVID, as well as the advent of Color TV’s, iPhones, Internet, and Electric Vehicles. She will truly be missed by all who loved her and cared for her on a regular basis. God Bless her this day forward and forever.
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