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Patricia A. Leach

1938 - 2013 PITTSFIELD Patricia A. Leach, 74, of 65 Clydesdale Drive, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Berkshire Medical Center.

Born in Franklin on Oct. 18, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Irene Moore Genoa. She was educated in Franklin schools and was a 1956 graduate of Franklin High School. She then went on to earn her nursing degree in 1959 from the Milford Hospital School of Nursing in Milford.

A longtime Pittsfield resident, Mrs. Leach had been a Registered Nurse at the former Hillcrest Hospital for 30 years. She later went on to work as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the McGee Unit at Hillcrest Hospital for 10 years.She retired in the 1990's.

She had been a communicant of the former St. Teresa Church.

A "Hockey Mom," Mrs. Leach and her late husband, Ron, were instrumental in the organization of the Gib Kittredge Youth Hockey Tourney, and spent countless hours at the hockey and skating rink with their children and grandchildren.She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren's sporting events.

Pat was passionate about the rescue of Greyhound dogs and was supportive of the Greyhound Rescue Foundation. She also enjoyed toll painting and going to the beach.

Her husband, Ronald M. Leach, whom she married June 4, 1960, at St. Mary's Church in Franklin, died May 16, 2007.

She is survived by her son, Steven J. Leach, and his wife, Trista, of Pittsfield; four grandchildren, Kayla J. Hayes and her husband, James, and their son, Spencer, of Easthampton; Gary F. Leach and his wife, Lauren, and their soon-to-be-expected son, Cameron, of Asheville, N. C., Morganne A. Foley of Pittsfield, and Shaun M. Leach of Texas.

She was pre-deceased by a son, Gary M. Leach, who died Aug. 2, 198l, and by a sister, the late Frances Beaudette.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Patricia A. Leach will be Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at DERY FUNERAL HOME in Pittsfield with the Rev. Peter M. Naranjo, II, Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Church, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Pat may be made to Moments House of Pittsfield in care of the funeral home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.

Moments House is a warm, home-like daytime facility on Fenn Street for all Berkshire County residents living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as their families, and a support system to come to for information and support.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 9, 2013
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