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Patricia Ann (Scott) Lovell
December 12, 2023
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Patricia Ann Lovell, 83, passed away unexpectedly on December 12, 2023. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Morris (George), Pamela Graf (Dave), granddaughter Gretchen Graf, and brother-in-law Tom Tenity (Donna). Pat was also “mom” to her niece, Meg Messina (Gabe), and “grandmother” to her grand-niece and nephew, Evangeline and Gabriele Messina. She was blessed with wonderful cousins and friends, including lifelong friend Joan Schlegel, whom she met in 7th grade, and dear friend, Sandi Papalia. Pat was pre-deceased by her siter, Kathleen Tenity, who was her best friend.
Pat was born and raised in Auburn and, except for a few brief years in her 20s, lived her entire life in the same house on Mary Street. For over 40 years, Pat dedicated her life to educating the children of Auburn. She began her career as a second-grade teacher and, after raising her children, returned to the profession as a librarian at Genesee Street School. She finished her career as a kindergarten teacher at Seward School, where she had a plaque on her desk that read “Teaching kindergarten is like trying to keep 20 corks underwater at the same time.” Pat loved her “kids,” as she called them, and it was a rare day when she was not greeted by one of her former students or their parents.
Pat was a voracious reader, a trait that she was happy to have passed to Gretchen and spent many a Tuesday at BJ’s buying the newest book from her favorite author, Danielle Steel. She also enjoyed Saturday mornings at Pavlo’s with her Breakfast Group, and lunches with the Mary Street “Neighborhood Girls.” Above all, Pat loved her family. She was a wonderful mother and friend to her daughters, providing advice and guidance without judgment or intrusion. She will be deeply missed by those who knew her.
A calling hour will be held next Tuesday, December 19th from 10:00 am until 11:00 am in St. Mary's Church. Patricia's Mass of Christian burial will immediately follow the calling hour at 11:00 am in the church, followed by her burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Matthew House or to a charity of your choice.