Pat (Patricia P.) Shea crossed the Sunlit Path on May 5, 2020 due to the Covid-19 virus.
She was born in Gardner, MA on December 25, 1927 to Ulric and Agnes Palin. She moved to Springfield at the age of 13 with her Mother and younger brother Teddy when her Father passed away. It was there at 17 that she met Jack Shea. They married on Veteran’s Day 1946 and had 2 daughters Patti and Sheila. They moved to Wilbraham in 1961 and Pat became involved in community service. She was elected to the Wilbraham Housing Authority in 1983. In 1988 Pat and four other women formed the first Concerned Citizens of Wilbraham. They were instrumental in converting the former Pines Grammar school to housing for the elderly. When Hampton Hills (aka Wingate) the first skilled nursing facility opened in Wilbraham Pat was hired as Activities Director. A position she held for many years. Pat was an advocate for the residents of the nursing facility and kept them engaged by offering a wide variety of fun and educational programs. After retirement she enjoyed classes through the Learning in Later Life program at Springfield College. She was a dedicated elections worker and volunteer at the Clerk’s Office for many years. She was also a devoted greeter at St. Cecilia’s Church. An avid reader Pat always had a book at hand often reading 3 books a week. She was a supporter of the Wilbraham Public Library and attended many of their programs.
Pat was predeceased by her soul mate and husband Jack in 2014 and daughter Patti Dicken in 2016 as well as her parents and her brother Ted Palin. Pat will be remembered for her kindness to others and her quick wit.
She is survived by her daughter and husband Sheila and Ron Nadolski. Granddaughter Sheileen and Mike Carlotto and great granddaughter Hayden. Grandson Michael Nadolski and Becky Goulet and great grandson Justin. Grandson Christopher Dicken of GA.
The family would like to thank the staff at Vero Health & Rehab especially unit A2 for their kindness and care to Pat and her family during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wilbraham Public Library for the purchase of large print books or Shriners Hospital for Children.
All services will be private. Wilbraham Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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