Obituary of Patricia A. Linnan
The three most important things in Pat’s life were faith, love, and giving to others. She had a lifelong dedication to the Blessed Mother, and Pat’s faith helped her work through the challenges in her life by reaching out to those in need. She also drew strength from the members of her prayer group, who she supported in return. No one ever felt judged when they confided in Pat, and her endless compassion made everyone around her feel loved.
Pat met the love of her life, Neal, at a New Years Eve Party in 1958, when Neal was the wingman for his buddy who liked Pat’s friend. The friends never ended up dating, but Neal and Pat did! She enjoyed caring for their home, even if she had to do battle with the moles to protect her garden. She’d send the grandchildren to the beach to collect rocks for the garden as well. For Pat, home was meant to be a safe place to be yourself, and she did her best every day to make sure her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren knew this to be true. Even when she was really mad at the kids, when they started laughing, she couldn’t help but do the same.
While she was a hard worker her whole life, Pat’s true passion was being a care giver. She had a successful career with the Telephone Company, where she started as a switchboard operator and worked her way up to Manager of the business office. When she retired though, she found her calling with Operation Good Neighbors and Home Care. It was a good thing that she had such a strong moral compass, because her directional compass was nonexistent!
Linnan, Patricia A. (nee Boychuck) March 17, 2019 of Derby, NY. Beloved wife of Neal Linnan; loving mother of Paul and the late Martin (Lisa Wilczak) Linnan; dear grandmother of Shannon (Garrick), Justen (Lauren), Angel (Amon), Maddisen (Steve), Christen, and Marten; cherished great grandmother of Jamison, Lilyrae, Callen, Kaiya, Faith, and Jayden; devoted sister of Carolyn (late Paul) Higgins, Janice (late John) Rettig, and Michael (Rick Cornell) Boychuck; dearest niece of Helen Fijal; also survived by other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Friday from 3 – 7 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY, 716-627-2919. Where prayers will be held Saturday at 9:15 AM, immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John Paul II Parish at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Paul II Parish. Online donations and condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.