COTTLE Patricia Ann (O’Leary), 80, of Manchester, CT, loving wife and companion for sixty years of Stanley E. Cottle, died Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Manchester Memorial Hospital from complications caused by Alzheimer’s affliction. Paddy was born in South Boston on July 27, 1935 to Daniel and Helen (O’Brien) O’Leary. She graduated from St. Brigid’s High School in 1953 and enlisted in the US Marine Corps in May of 1954. She met and shortly after married Stanley at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia in April 1955, and she and Stanley spent twenty years in the Marine Corps. They retired from the Corps in 1971 and settled in Manchester, CT. Paddy involved herself in her church and community. She was an active parishioner of St. James Church and a longtime member of the church’s St. Vincent DePaul Society, spending many hours helping the needy of Manchester, and in 2012 Paddy received the St. Joseph Diocesan Medal of Appreciation. She was a former member of the Republican Town Committee, served for a short time as the Manchester Republican Registrar of Voters, and she also served as a Republican district leader for many years. In addition to all of the preceeding activities Paddy was a wonderful mother and maintained a warm and loving home for her family. Paddy belonged to a group of thirteen women who gathered each Monday and played a card game called Oh Hell and called themselves the “Oh Hellers”. She loved playing cards, helping people, and entertaining. She supported the C.A.S.T. Children’s Summer Theater, inspired and managed by her good friend Donna Mercier. Her family would like to give a big thank you to the staff at Crestfield Rehabilitation Center and Fenwood Manor for their care and kindness to Paddy for the past fourteen months. Besides her husband Stan she is survived by her son, Barry Cottle and his wife Betsy, daughter-in-law Barbara Herlth and her husband Billy, four grandchildren, Stephen, Michael, Tommy, and Shannon, many nieces and nephews, and two brothers-in-law, James Cottle and Prescott Chamberlain. Paddy was predeceased by her son Warren and two sisters, Mary Chamberlain and Ellen Cottle. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 12, at 9:15 A.M. at the Watkins Funeral Home, 142 East Center Street, MANCHESTER, CT, with a Mass of Resurrection at 10:00 A.M. at St. James Church, 896 Main Street, Manchester. Burial with military honors will follow in the East Cemetery in Manchester. The wake for family and friends are Friday, December 11, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o St. James Church, 896 Main St., Manchester, CT 06040. To leave a message for her family please visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Boston Herald on Dec. 9, 2015