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AGE: 87 FORMERLY OF SPRING LAKE
Eileen Patricia Williams, known as "Patsy," died on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Honesdale, Pa. A forty year resident of Spring Lake, before moving to Honesdale two years ago, she was 87.
Patsy was the widow of Fred T. Williams, also of Spring Lake, who died in 2002. She was also preceded in death by three children, Mary Catherine, in 1951, Catherine Mary in 1960, and Rosemary Smith, who died in February 2009.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 14, 1921, Patsy was the third of seven children to Peter J. and Catherine McAlevey. Patsy volunteered for the United States Navy in 1942, serving in Florida during World War II. She was honorably discharged in 1944 with the rank of Aviation Machinist Mate third class. She was a member of the Spring Lake American Legion Post 432 and a member of the Jersey Shore Chapter of the W.A.V.E.S. Patsy was a member of Saint Catherine's Roman Catholic church in Spring Lake.
Patsy met her husband, Fred T. Williams, while serving in WWII and they were married in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 23, 1944. They were married for fifty-eight years until Fred's death in December 2002. Patsy and Fred raised 12 children. From 1953 to 1966 they built and ran Camp Cayuga, a sleep-away camp, in Honesdale, Pa.
Patsy was a voracious reader of books, magazines and newspapers. She read several books a week, and the New York Times every Sunday until shortly before her death. Patsy was also well traveled. Crisscrossing the globe several times by air and sea, she climbed the pyramids of Egypt and visited the great cathedrals of Europe. At 84, she traveled to visit relatives in Ireland, then followed the same path her grandfather had taken to the United States some 125 years earlier.
A beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, she was a warm and open-hearted person who understood the great value of family. Patsy always was in the company of family or friends, celebrating life one way or another - over a cup of tea and a piece of Irish soda bread or under a tent in the backyard.
She is survived by nine children, F. Robert and Sally L. Williams of Manasquan, NJ, Patricia W. Hunt and husband Roger of Honesdale, Pa., Eileen Curran and husband Tom of Mt. Joy, Pa., Judith McClellan of Allenhurst, NJ, Peggy Williams of Montclair, NJ, Maureen Abel and husband Marty of Ocean Grove, NJ, Kevin and Lile Williams, Shawn and Joann Williams both of Encinitas, Calif., and John and Spring Williams of Lindenwold, NJ; two sisters, Mary Lou O'Malley and Loretta McAlevey, both of Spring Lake Heights, NJ; two sisters-in-law, Doris and husband Fred Sigrist of Neptune, NJ, and Peggy Williams of Belmar, NJ; twelve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to womensmemorial.org or childrenscharities.org. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Reilly Funeral Home, 801 D Street, Belmar, NJ. Friends and family will gather on Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Catharine RC Church in Spring Lake. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 18, 2009