Patricia Ann DiNunzio

Obituary
  • "Pat and I met right after she graduated from college...."
    - Carol Pence
  • "We know how much you will miss her as she was an amazing..."
    - Larry& Karen Beard
  • "With heartfelt sympathy"
    - Beverly Ganim
  • "Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Shawn & Mara Lee..."
  • "Sending my sympathy and love to Beverly and Nick."
    - Genie Lou Bence

DiNunzio Patricia Ann DiNunzio, 52, of Westerville, Ohio, made the world a smaller place when she left us on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Ovarian cancer may have consumed Pat's body, but never her spirit or zest for life. Pat, a respected businesswoman, known by all as fiercely intelligent; ambitious; athletic; quick witted with a distinct, infectious laugh; impeccably dressed at ALL times; feisty beyond belief; and more stubborn than a pack mule, was also the ultimate good deed doer. Her kind heartedness lead to her enormous generosity toward family, friends and anyone in need. Her legacy, the Patricia A. DiNunzio Ovarian Cancer Endowment Fund through the Ohio State University and the James Cancer Center, was established by Pat in 2011. With the support of her team and clients, she raised nearly $100,000 for the foundation through their Runway to Awearness events over a three year period to help woman with the insidious disease navigate their way through the cancer process. Pat, born August 3, 1961, spent her childhood in Natrona Heights, PA and graduated from Highlands High School in 1979. She was a 1983 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Human Resources and quickly began her recruiting career in the Columbus Market. At the age of 26 she founded her own firm, Career Insights. For the next 12 years she built a hard earned reputation for excellence in the Columbus business community. Spherion acquired her firm in 1999 and she remained the Managing Director for 15 years. Pat held various leadership positions in the company including Regional Managing Director and National Practice Director for Accounting and Finance. She was a 7 time winner of the prestigious Performance Forum award. Pat built a tenured team of performers who were committed to excellent service and to each other. In spite of her 5 year battle with Ovarian cancer, she lead from the front, inspiring her team to consistently perform above company expectations year after year. Pat was passionate about her business, her people and her clients. She believed that to be successful in the industry - you had to make it personal. The Columbus Accounting and Finance community knew her, respected her and sought her counsel. She offered them advice with candor, clarity and honesty that was the hallmark of who she was. Pat loved to travel, and spent much of her free time traveling the world with family and friends. Patti, the epitome of class and style, was always the fashionista, loved to shop and shared this passion with her many friends. But, most importantly, Pat loved being with her large and boisterous Italian family. Pat will be missed by many, but especially her loving husband of 27 years, Michael Skunda; her beloved son, Domenic: parents, Nick and Beverly DiNunzio of Pompano Beach, Florida; mother-in-law, Lillian Skunda of Westerville, Ohio; sister, Anamarie DiNunzio Rayburn of Westerville; brother and sister-in-law, John Mark and Julie(Paesano) DiNunzio of Powell; brother-in-law and and sister-in-law, Walt and Lori Skunda of Dayton; sister-in-law, the late Michelle Skunda Haller; brother-in-law, Steve Haller of Westerville; nephews, John Rayburn, Nicholas and Anthony DiNunzio; and nieces, Jackie Skunda and Nicole Rayburn. Pat will be remembered by all who loved her as the rock, the moral compass, and the glue that held everyone together. She will live on in the memories of her large and loving community of family and friends. A memorial service to celebrate Pat's life will be held at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH, on Sunday, June 22, 2014. The family will receive guests from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Patricia Ann Dinunzio Celebration of Life Service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Flowers are a beautiful gesture, but contributions to the Patricia A DiNunzio Ovarian Cancer Foundation will keep Pat's legacy alive. Contributions can be made through The Ohio State University, The Patricia DiNunzio Ovarian Cancer Endowment Fund at www.giveto.osu.edu/igive/OnlineGiving/fundresults.aspx?fund=641749. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share memories and send messages of support to her family.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch from June 20 to June 21, 2014
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