Patricia J. Kelliher 74 of Harrisville died on Saturday, June 1. 2013 at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough. She passed peacefully after a long period of decline.
She was born the daughter of the late Claire A. (Mahoney) and Robert E. Kelliher on October 18, 1938 in Quincy Massachusetts. She graduated from Bishop William's High School class of 1956. Pat went on in her studies and graduated from Providence College with a Masters Degree in Theology.
Pat entered the Dominican Sisters Order in Plainville, MA. She later was moved to St. Catherine's in Kentucky where she assumed a role as a teacher. In an effort to fulfill other life goals Pat left her duties as a member of the Dominican Sisters Order but continued relationships with the friends she had made over the years. She stayed very devout in her faith and her love of god. After sisterhood she worked in a few different positions but came back to teaching. She worked for over twenty years as a teacher for the City of Keene, School District 29 at the Marlborough Middle School. It was known with her students and co workers that she had an unconditional love for them. Pat retired in 2004 to enjoy her golden years. As a teacher she was well known by the staff and students for her great wit and for the variety shows she put on. Pat was a giver of life. She would not pass a soul in the street without a greeting, a smile and a hello. In a letter written to Pat from Mr. Ed Davis; a former student and Police Commissioner for the City of Boston, MA. said " You had a profound impact and influence in my life."
On June 29, 1991 she exchanged vows with Lawrence C. McClure at the Community Church of Harrisville. They were married with eight clergymen and women in the presence of family and friends. They have been married for almost twenty two years.
Mrs. Kelliher is survived by her husband Lawrence C. McClure of Harrisville. She also leaves the children from his previous marriage; Dianetha Konzinsky and her husband Tom from Tamworth, Anne Cunningham of Keene and Brendan McClure of Keene. She leaves grandchildren of Larry's previous marriage; Quinn McClure and Ray Winchester in addition to cousins, a niece, a nephew, extended family and friends.
In keeping with Pat's wishes there are no calling hours. A Mass will be given on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11am. at the Devine Mercy Parish, 18 Vine St. Peterborough, NH. 03458. A memorial service and burial will be held later with information to be announced. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family has requested donations be made in memory of Patricia J. Kelliher to: St. Catherine's Convent, 2169 Tyler Lane. Louisville, KY. 40205. All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com