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Obituaries: Patricia Agnes Devitt Kavanaugh

June 25, 2017

 Patricia Agnes Devitt Kavanaugh passed away in her home Friday morning, June 23, 2017. She was 86. Born on March 19, 1931 in Montgomery to Agnes Frances (Flannery) and William J Devitt, she was married in 1956 to William M. Kavanaugh, who preceded her in death.

Patricia is survived by four sons, William (Lisa) of Loganton, PA, Timothy of Cornwall, Michael (Kelli) of Newburgh, and Patrick (Brenda) of Suwanee GA; five grandchildren, Rordan, Logan, Jorja, Philip and Veronica; her sister, Barbara Mahoney of Tarrytown; brother, F. Edward Devitt of Montgomery; and a large, loving family of cousins, nieces and nephews. A brother, William Devitt, also preceded her in death.

Growing up in Montgomery, Patricia was an active parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Valedictorian of Montgomery High School. She was involved in a broad range of sports and activities including basketball and the 4-H club. She received a Bachelor's degree and a Master’s degree in Education from the New York State College for Teachers, Albany NY. She served as a teacher in Walden, Newburgh and Cornwall and later served as an Assistant Town Clerk for the Town of Cornwall.

Since 1971 she lived on Jackson Avenue in Cornwall and enjoyed the friendship of many neighbors. This included the Bethlehem Church that bordered her home and its many thoughtful members, who regularly invited her to their events.

Patricia was an active parishioner at St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church in Cornwall where she was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Catholic Daughters and other church organizations.

She maintained a broad group of friends and a diverse set of interests throughout her life including reading, walking, politics, country line dancing, and gardening. Always gracious and friendly, Patricia was famous for remembering a person even when it was an acquaintance she had only met briefly years before. But above all she loved and cherished those in her immediate and extended family. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27th at Quigley Bros. Funeral Home, 337 Hudson St. Cornwall-On-Hudson NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28th at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 340 Hudson St. Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. Interment will follow the Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Montgomery, NY.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be sent to St Thomas of Canterbury Church or St Mary’s Church 89 Union St. Montgomery, NY 12549.

Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley Bros. Funeral Home; to send condolences or to get directions to the funeral home, please go to www.Quigleybros.com

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