Mindlin, Jean Patricia Ferron
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July 31, 1921 - Sept. 30, 2010
Jean Patricia "Pat" Mindlin died at Bahia Oaks Lodge, her home.
She was born in Hartford, Conn., and grew up in Flushing, N.Y. After graduating from secretarial school in New York City at the age of 19, she interviewed for a job and proceeded to marry her first and only boss, Bill Mindlin. They eloped, and were married July 14, 1942, in Charleston, S.C., before he went off to war. Afterwards, they moved from Flushing to Massapequa, N.Y., in 1954. She and Bill retired to Sarasota in June 1972, where they enjoyed 23 lovely years together.
Her life was devoted to her husband and children, as well as volunteer work in hospitals, voter registration and election polls, and in the 1970's, Mote Marine. We can't fail to mention that for 54 years, Bill always said she was the most beautiful woman in any room he was in.
Survivors include their three children, William John Mindlin (Dianne), Rod Mindlin (Suzie) and Patricia Kerry Woodruff; five grandchildren, Katherine Mindlin Leitner, Karen Mindlin Hom, Kristopher Mindlin, Jessie Mindlin and Cecelia Davis; 10 great-grandchildren, Amelia Mindlin Leitner, Wachemo Mindlin Leitner, Ryan Thomas Hom, Elena Ascencio Mindlin, Maricela Ascencio Mindlin, Lorenzo Ascencio Mindlin, Aubrey Jean Mindlin, Cole Mindlin, Trevor Mindlin and Chloe Davis.
We would like to offer this tribute to our mom. It is the closing words from the novel "Middlemarch" by George Eliot.
"Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature ... spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistorical acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."
Services will be at 1 p.m. at Palms Robarts Funeral Home Sunday, Oct. 3. A celebration of life ceremony will be at Bahia Oaks Lodge, please call for details. All are invited.
Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2010