Patricia A. Belanger

Patricia (Patty) Anne Patterson Belanger age 85 died surrounded by her loving family in East Providence on Saturday February 4, 2017.   Pat was a long time resident at Waterview Villa Rehabilitation Center while fighting Alzheimer’s disease over these last ten years.  Patricia was born July 9, 1931 in Bright Look Hospital in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont to Valerie Dolores Deary and Fredrick Arthur Patterson. Patricia was married to the late Henry A. Belanger of Rumford.  Her sisters include Gloria Ledoux, MargaretDecoteaux, Marie Gleason, the late Suzanne Frost, and the late David (Blue) Cohen.  Pat is survived by her daughters Sandra Medeiros, Paula Chace, Valerie McKenney, and Susan Belanger.  Grandsons include Sean Sullivan, Brandyn Chace, Bret Chace, Patrick McKenney and her granddaughters Catherine Burke Santiago and Jackie McKenney and her six great grandchildren.  Patricia was a graduate of the Mercy Hospital class of 1949 in Portland Maine. Her RN degree was earned at the age of 19 and she was the youngest women to graduate in the history of this nursing school. She spent most of her younger years living in Sherbrook Quebec Canada with her beloved Aunt Pauline Frazier. Her summers were spent in Saco Maine with her Father and stepmother and she would always share the many tales of visiting Old Orchard Beach.  Her accomplishments were many as she practiced her nursing career in many of our RI hospitals. Pat experienced great satisfaction caring for the sick and elderly throughout her career. As the school nurse at Saint Luke’s School in Barrington, Pat found great joy caring for the children and sharing her news that she had been a nurse for over sixty years.  Pat had many achievements but the greatest joy was being the mother of her three daughters. Her affiliations include Saint Margaret’s Parish, Saint Luke’s Parish, Rumford Junior Women’s Club, American Heart Association, RI State Nurses Association, University of RI Alumni, and RI Council of Humanities.  With many skills and hobbies she always carried a bag with something to do in it as she truly enjoyed knitting, sewing, and making beautiful clothing.  Always quick witted and full of conversation she enjoyed storytelling and all of the fulfillments that her life offered to her. HER FUNERAL AND VISITATION WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY AT 8:00 AM IN THE PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 PAWTUCKET AVENUE, EAST PROVIDENCE WITH A MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL AT 10:00 AM IN ST. MARGARET’S CHURCH, PAWTUCKET AVENUE, RUMFORD. BURIAL WILL BE IN GATE OF HEAVEN CEMETERY.  In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations to the Patricia Belanger Memorial Fund at Brown University School of Medicine Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program  Dr. Stephen Salloway MD 593 Eddy Street  Providence, RI 02903.