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Patricia Ann Balfe

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Balfe, Patricia Ann
Sep. 3, 1944 - Apr. 29, 2013
Patricia Ann Balfe, 68, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2013 at her home in Venice, Florida after a long, brave battle with Ovarian Cancer.
Pat was born on September 3, 1944 in Waterbury, CT to George and Connie (Rinaldi) Champion and grew up in Waterbury. She graduated from Crosby High School in Waterbury in 1962. After high school she attended the University of Connecticut where she received a BS in Elementary Education in 1966. She received a Master's degree in Education from Central Connecticut State University in 1974.
From 1966 to 1975 Pat was a teacher in Waterbury. After the birth of her three sons she joined the Cheshire Public Library where she served as a librarian for over eighteen years. To town residents, she was a personal version of "Google"-finding answers to obscure questions long before the Internet became a reality. After moving to Florida in 1999 Pat worked for the Venice Public Library and Charlotte County Public Schools before joining Mercury Radio Arts in 2006.
Pat married Michael Balfe in 1969 in Waterbury and the two remained happily married for over 43 years.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, George (1993) and Connie (1998). She is survived by her spouse Michael of Venice, FL; her sons Kevin (spouse Rebecca), Chris and Colin Balfe of New York, NY; her grandson, Ryan, of New York, NY; her brother, George, of Woodbury, CT; and her in-laws, Cathy, of Louisville, KY and Jim and Judy Walsh of Henniker, NH.
Pat loved to read, cook big dinners for a house full of family and beat her loved ones in games of "Words with Friends." Before her illness she loved to travel, especially when slot machines were part of the itinerary, and was a frequent golfer, often frustrating those she played with by beating them badly in putting competitions. But Pat's greatest love of all was her family-from little Ryan (who called her cane "Mimi's pipe") to her husband and three boys-she took every opportunity to show them the real meaning of unconditional love.
Memorial services will be held at Farley Funeral Home in Venice, FL at 10 AM on Thursday, May 2, 2013 and at St. Bridget Church in Cheshire, CT at 1 PM on Saturday, May 4.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122, or at http://www.ocrf.org.

Published in Herald Tribune from May 1 to May 2, 2013
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