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Patricia "Patsy" (Rath) Maguire


1931 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Patricia "Patsy" Rath Maguire peacefully entered "God's Kingdom" to sing and dance on Monday July 21, 2014. She was 83.
Known as their "Comic Valentine," Patsy was born on February 14, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pa to Clyde & Ruth Rath. She was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, primarily the community of Wilkinsburg where she graduated high school in 1948.
Following graduation, Patsy worked for Wilkinsburg School District as an office secretary. It was there that she met her dance partner and future husband Jim Maguire. They married in 1951 and enjoyed 57 wonderful years together prior to his passing in 2009.
Patsy was active in numerous volunteer capacities throughout her life. She served as a Deacon, sang in the choir, and was a dedicated member of Presbyterian Women at the churches to which she belonged in the three cities she resided over the years – Pittsburgh, PA; Albuquerque, NM; and most recent Carlsbad, NM at the First Presbyterian Church. While in Carlsbad, she also served on the Hospital Auxiliary.
Patsy enjoyed family, friends, singing, dancing (especially polka), ANYTHING chocolate, traveling, and sitting on front porches.

During the past five years, Patsy has resided in Wisconsin where she was lovingly cared for by her daughter Chris. She leaves behind four children - Chris Maguire of Wisconsin, Barb (Doug) Graham of Pennsylvania, Steve (Donna) Maguire of South Carolina, and Laurie Dove of Carlsbad. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, one great grandchild and one sister, Edna (Ken) Wechsler of Florida.
Patsy was preceded in death by her son-in-law Jeff Menk and her "dance partner" Jim with whom she is dancing once again.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, the city of her birth and where her family was raised.
A Witness to Resurrection Service followed by internment will be held on Saturday, August 30, 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Carlsbad, NM where she and her late husband spent the second half of their lives together.
Memorial contributions can be designated to the First Presbyterian Church in Carlsbad, NM.
Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus on July 31, 2014
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