Elaine H. Patton 1941 - 2010 KEENE, NH Elaine H. Patton of Oriole Drive in Keene, died on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Cheshire Medical Center. She was 69 years old. Elaine was born in April 1941 to Herbert and Grace Van Zant Hatt in Cooperstown, N.Y. She graduated from Webster High School, and continued her studies in Music Education at Syracuse University, where she received a Bachelor of Music. She received her Master of Music: Music Education from Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, N.Y. She was married to Bruce M. Koloseike for 11 years and has a daughter from that marriage, Katherine A. Koloseike of Dummerston, Vt. In 1974, Elaine moved to Pittsfield, Mass., and later married Wayne Harris. Then in 1985, she married David L. Patton to whom she remained married until they were parted by his death in 2009. Early in her career, Elaine taught music at schools in the Rochester area and then relocated, teaching music in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire. She taught the next 25 years of her career in the Pittsfield public school system, mostly at Pittsfield High School and South Junior High School (now Herberg Middle School). She was a beloved teacher and was thrilled to have recently attended the 25th reunion of Pittsfield High School's class of 1985. Elaine thoroughly enjoyed being a teacher, singing and playing the piano. She was also very active in church activities at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield, singing in the choir, participating in the bell choir and as a soloist. She and David then attended the First Baptist Church in Pittsfield, where she was the choir director and David was the organist. After moving to Keene, Elaine joined the First Baptist Church and was attending bible study classes there. Elaine is survived by her daughter, Katherine; her brother, Winston C. Hatt; sister-in-law, Virginia K. Hatt; nieces, Jody Maxwell and Kelly Hatt; nephew, Greg Hatt; stepsons, David L. and Andrew Patton, and stepdaughter, Nancy Walsh. She was predeceased by her parents and husband David. MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial service in celebration of Elaine's life will be held at First Baptist Church of Keene on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. There will also be a memorial service at First Baptist Church of Pittsfield on Wednesday, Dec 15, at 11 a.m. She will be buried in Scheneveus, N.Y., in the summer. Elaine's family would like to thank all of her friends, church families, her caregivers and the medical staff at the Keene facilities where Elaine was treated. She received excellent care and support during recent years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cheshire Medical Center: Cheshire Health Foundation, 580-90 Court St., Keene, NH 03431. Phone 603.354.6810 Cheshirehealthfoundation.org.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 12, 2010