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Patricia Abrecht


Mrs. Patricia Ann Holdcraft Abrecht, 66, of Braddock Heights, died on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at the Frederick Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of Wayne "Doug" Abrecht.

Born January 12, 1940, in Frederick, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Henry and Mary Isabell Six Holdcraft. Mrs. Abrecht was a 1958 graduate of Frederick High School, and had worked at Marriott Corporation, and later Citizens Nursing Home of Frederick.

She was a very active member of the Braddock Heights Volunteer Fire Company since 1983; where she served over nine years as Secretary, nine years as Assistant Secretary; and was currently a Board of Directors member, serving the last two years. She received the runner-up, Fireperson of the Year Award in 1992, received a 1992 Recognition Award for service as Secretary; and also 1992 and 1996 Appreciation Awards from the President and Board of Directors.

Mrs. Abrecht was also a member of the AMVETS Post 9 Auxiliary, Middletown; and was formerly active with the Francis Scott Key, Post 11, American Legion Auxiliary, Frederick.

Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Patrick R. Palmer and companion, Thomas R. Watt Jr., of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; one daughter, Robanne Elizabeth Palmer and husband, Michael James Fossler Jr., of Elkton; one step-daughter, Kelli Renee Abrecht, of Frederick; two grandchildren, James Patrick "JP" Fossler, and John William "Jack" Fossler; three step-grandchildren, Mikael Alexander Rumphrey, Tyler Ashton Rumphrey and Kate Cote Rumphrey; one brother, Richard Lee Holdcraft and wife, Rebecca, of Frederick; one sister, Mary Margaret McQuitty and husband Steve, of Greencastle, Pa.; Godchild, Shayne Holdcraft; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, James Patrick Holdcraft.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, February 6, at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 East Church Street, Frederick. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Carroll L. Boyer officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick.

In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest memorial donations to Braddock Heights Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 320, Braddock Heights, MD 21714-0320

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Feb. 5, 2006
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