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PALMER, Mass. - Patricia (Novak) Frappier, 54, a native of Newport, Va., and former Chicopee resident, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Patricia was born on March 15, 1959, the daughter of Patricia (Wren) Novak, of Granby, and the late Joseph Novak. A member of a military family, she was raised in various parts of the world as her residence was determined by her father's base assignments with the U.S. Air Force, with the family settling in Chicopee in 1974.
Pat graduated from Chicopee Comprehensive High School and resided in the Hardwick and Barre areas of Vermont. Her working career included serving as a Realtor for the Vermont Realty Exchange for five years, then serving as a loan originator and eventually office manager for the Summit Financial Center in Barre, and then assuming the position of loan specialist for the USDA Rural Development Division in Hadley, Mass., from 2005 until her retirement in 2013. She has resided in Palmer for the past 10 years.
Besides her father, she was also predeceased by her husband, Larry R. Frappier, on Nov. 14, 2003. Patricia is survived by a son, Seth T. Frappier, of Chicopee, a daughter, Chelsea M. Frappier, of Charlestown, N.H., her partner, Richard Fitzgerald, of Palmer, and was fondly known as Meme to Andrew and Katie Shaw. She is also survived by two brothers, Joseph Novak, of San Antonio, Texas, and Michael Novak, of Granby, Mass.; a sister, Susan Kisiel, of Granby, Mass.; and the person Pat called her best friend, Dawn Nolet, of Chicopee.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the entire medical staff of Brigham & Women's Medical Center in Boston, who have provided superior care along with sincere compassion for Patricia during her illness.
The calling hours will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at the Corridan Funeral Home, 333 Springfield St., Chicopee, from 3 to 7 p.m., with a celebration of life prayer service beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to "Team Tailgate," 1012 Central St., Palmer, MA 01609, an organization formed to support the victims of breast cancer and their families and to raise awareness for this cause, an organization which became very important to Pat over the years; one to which she contributed a tireless effort and countless hours of her time. Visit www.CorridanFuneral.com.
Corridan Funeral Home - Chicopee
333 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
Published in Times Argus on Aug. 21, 2013