Patricia M. Elsberry

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Elsberry, Patricia M.
Patricia M. Elsberry, passed away on March 24 at the age of 79 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born on July 5, 1934, to parents John and Agnes Steneck, Patricia grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is survived by her son Christopher, sports columnist for the Connecticut Post, and his wife, Lorelei; daughters, Victoria, Sheryl and Kathleen and her husband Ignacio; grandchildren, Robyn, Lauren and Stephen. Patricia was pre-deceased by her husband, Richard, whom she married on June 18, 1955 and celebrated 55 years of marriage before his passing in 2010. While growing up in Minneapolis, Patricia attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in journalism and later worked for United Press International. In 1984, she survived lung cancer and in 1988 survived throat and tongue cancer. A fighter if there ever was one, Patricia also overcame a stroke, rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. She loved to cook and for many years operated her own "Patti Cakes" business in Wilton, creating personalized wedding cakes, including ones that looked like a soccer ball, a skateboard, a guitar and a unicorn. She volunteered at the Turnover Shop in Wilton for over 20 years and also at the Wilton High School Library. While living in Louisville she volunteered at Actors Theater, cooking meals for the cast members of whatever play was performing at that time. She also loved to travel and along with Richard, went to London, Paris, Venice, Africa, Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Rome, Mexico, Prague, Budapest, Tuscany and Thailand (where she rode an elephant), along with going on cruises to Canada and Alaska. One of her greatest moments came after writing to Phyllis Diller about putting a bowl of cereal into the oven when she said her husband wanted a hot breakfast. Diller liked that so much she used it in her comedy routine. The two became great friends and exchanged letters for years. Pat also rubbed elbows with such stars as Jane Powell, Dave Brubek, Frank Converse, Theodore Bikel, Rod McKuen, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the .
There will be a Memorial Service held at the house, 51 Hillbrook Rd, Wilton., May 3, from 2-6PM

Published in Connecticut Post from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2014
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