Bunce, Patricia (Monahan)
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Pittsford: Pat Bunce (1925 - 2014) passed away peacefully on May 25, 2014 at The Friendly Home in Rochester, NY, at the age 89. She was the loving and devoted wife of Roger Bunce (1924 - 2005) for 59 years. She is survived by brother John and sister Lorraine. She tragically lost one son, Mickey, at the age of 5. She will be greatly missed but remembered fondly by her children: Jerry (Margaret), Bob, Marian (Tony), Ed (Beth), Maureen (Paul) and Bill (Cheryl); and grandchildren: Michael, Chris, Matt (Mary Clair), Jamie (Jen), Rachael (JP), Kurt (Sasha), Greg, Laura, David (Nikki), Brittany (Rodney), Kelly, Sean (Nicole), Katy, Ashley, Brandon, Danielle, Lizzie; and great grandchildren: Javon, Nikiah, Santino, Simon, Elise, Thomas, Quinn, Paisley, Keida, Quintin, Shandon, Jordyn, Grant, Rourke, Brendon and Natalie.
Pat married Roger, her Jefferson High School sweetheart, after Roger returned from Navy duties following WWII. She was an Army Cadet during nursing school and a graduate RN of St. Mary's Hospital Nursing School.
Pat and Roger lived in Ithaca, NY while he pursued his Bachelor's degree at Ithaca College. They wasted no time starting a family having Jerry, Bobby and Mickey before Roger graduated from college. They moved to Forestville, NY where Roger started his career as a Physical Education teacher, coach and official. They moved back to Rochester, NY when Roger got a teaching job in the Rochester School District and there added 4 more children, Marian, Edward, Maureen and Bill, to their family.
Pat was the foundation for this large family providing the steady influence and stability needed as meals, school, sports, activities, homework, social events, proms, graduations, volunteer events and all manner of activities would happen on a daily basis. She also took private nursing jobs from time to time to keep her skills current.
Pat and Roger founded HARC (Handicapped Adult Recreation Club) because they saw the need for a club to provide support, activities and a fun environment for disabled adults. They included their children in this and other opportunities to help others. They led by example in showing that everyone should be respected, included and valued. This is just one example of the thousands of lives that were touched in such a positive way by Pat & Roger.
When the children were finally off on their own Pat worked for Port-a-Medic as a nurse doing insurance physicals all around Monroe County. She was quite proud of doing physicals on many important people in the greater Rochester area.
The family is grateful to the Friendly Home for their extraordinary care and compassion.
Friends may call Friday, 3-5, 7-9 PM at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, 9:30 AM at St. Jerome's Church, 207 S. Garfield, E. Rochester. Private interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Rochester Rehabilitation Center, to benefit Rochester Rookies, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14620. To share a memory of Pat or send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com.
Anthony Funeral & Cremation Chapels
2305 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY 14618
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from May 28 to May 29, 2014