Patricia L. Towne, 85, of Waterbury Center died peacefully in the comfort of her family on Sunday evening, Aug. 4, 2019, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
She was born in Duxbury Feb. 24, 1934, daughter of Raymond G. and Mary Jane (Callahan) Reagan, and grew up in Moretown.
Pat graduated in 1951 from St. Michael’s High School in Montpelier and in 1954 from the former Bishop DeGoesbriand School of Nursing in Burlington as a registered nurse.
Pat married Gerald L. Towne in Moretown Oct. 9, 1954. Gerald died July 5, 2011.
Pat began a 38-year career in nursing at the former Heaton Hospital in Montpelier. She later worked as a home health nurse for Waterbury Home Health (now Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice) and then was the school nurse at Waterbury Elementary School, retiring in 1992.
She was a member of Court St. Theresa of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Andrew Catholic Church and the Waterbury Area Senior Center, all of Waterbury.
Pat found joy in the company of a good book, solving word search puzzles, following the trials and successes of the Boston Red Sox, spending time with family and close friends visiting Ogunquit, Maine, Prince Edward Island and Montreal, and the fun she and Gerald had with “the gang” at pool parties and snowmobiling. Family, faith and friends were the sustaining factors in her life.
Survivors include her children, Sharon Ward and husband Calvin of Moretown, Susan Towne and husband Donald Planche of St. Lazare, Quebec, Sarah Black and husband Benjamin of Morrisville, and Steven Towne of Essex Junction; her grandchildren, Colin Ward, Caitlin Ward, Chelsea Conway, Shannon Conway, McKenna Black, Alyson Black and Anna Towne; a great-grandson, Mason Quenneville; her sister, Linda Ferrera of Peabody, Mass.; sisters-in-law Brooke Conger of Essex and Margery Irish of North Carolina; and nieces, nephews and extended family.
A brother, Bernard Reagan, died earlier.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury on Friday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow in the church parish hall. For this special event, extra parking will be available in the State Office Complex parking areas. Burial will be in Maple Street Cemetery, Waterbury Center.
Donation in her memory would be appreciated to the Waterbury Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 95, Waterbury Center, VT 05677 (waterburyambulance.org) or the Waterbury Area Senior Center, 14 Stowe St., Waterbury, VT 05676. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences: perkinsparker.com or the funeral home’s Facebook page.