Patricia M. (Sattler) Brayshaw, loving and much loved wife of Robert A. Brayshaw, passed into her eternal life in heaven on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at her home, with her family surrounding her.
Pat was born on January 28, 1949, a daughter of the late Edward and Kathleen Murphy Sattler. She grew up in Meriden and was a graduate of Maloney High School, class of 1967. Pat was a faithful communicant of St. Rose Parish in Meriden throughout her life.
After marrying Bob in 1971 they moved to Middlefield to raise their family: their son, Robert E. Brayshaw (Elizabeth) of Rockfall and daughter, Katherine O'Connor (Terry) of Meriden. She was also the very proud, happy grandmother of Lauren and Aiden O'Connor and Eleanor and Emeline Brayshaw. In company with her husband, children and grandchildren, she will be so sadly missed by her sister, Kathleen Bassett (Al) of Vermont, her brothers, Thomas Sattler (Nancy) of Meriden, E.J. Sattler (Ellen) of Wallingford, and Paul Sattler of Wallingford, as well as her mother in law, Lynette Brayshaw of Middlefield, her brother in law and sister in law, Jon and Gwen Brayshaw of Middlefield and her two sisters in law, Lynette Haber of Meriden and Jane Rynaski of Middlefield. Pat also leaves many nephews, nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Susan (Sattler) Rose and her father in law, Robert E. Brayshaw. Pat also leaves many friends, some of whom she had been friends with since her youth. She had an impact on countless lives, and will be missed by so very many people.
She loved the beach, and for countless summers, Pat and her family vacationed at Hampton Beach, NH. Pat's love of home and family was reflected in the care she took to make her home a welcoming, lovely place to be – whether it was decorating and cooking for holidays, or setting up a picnic pool-side for whomever stopped by on a hot summer day.
Pat was a veterinary assistant for more than 40 years, starting out at Meriden Veterinary Clinic, and for the past 26 years with Powder Ridge Veterinary Hospital in Middlefield, where she continued to work until just a few weeks ago. Her family is grateful to Dr. Larry Brooks and the PRVH family for the love and care they expressed to her.
Pat's family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Meriden Oncology, specifically Dr. Tansino and his staff, Mary and Karen, for the kind and wonderful care they gave to her throughout her illnesses. They treated her like family, and for that we are grateful.
We know that Pat was the strongest person we have ever known and she fought valiantly and won (!) for many years, however, there came this time when we needed to let go and allow her to go on to her peace and well deserved rest. Her energy was boundless and her faith was true and endless. Heaven will shine that much brighter now when she smiles down on us. Our hearts are broken, but we are so very fortunate to have been a part of her life, and to have had her be a part of ours.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center Street, Meriden. Everyone is asked to gather directly at the church. Burial will be in Middlefield Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden on Sunday, April 28th from 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the
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