Armstrong, Patricia J.
Patricia Joanne Armstrong, 70, of Newtown, CT passed away on Monday, February 24, 2014. She succumbed to Leukemia at home. Patricia is survived by her husband William R Armstrong, son William Armstrong of Newtown, CT, and her daughter Melanie Acosta of Ashton, MD. She is also survived by three grandchildren; Isabella, Samuel and Abigail Acosta. She is predeceased by her parents Anna and Alfred Wild, and her brother Peter Wild. She was born in Ogdensburg, NY, on May 27, 1943. Pat attended Ogdensburg Free Academy where she was a cheerleader, graduating in 1961. Following in her mother's footsteps, Pat went on to earn her degree in nursing, graduating from St Luke's School of Nursing in New York City in 1964. Her love of babies drew her to the delivery room where she worked for several years at Riverside Hospital in Boonton, NJ. During these years she purchased her first home in Milton, NJ and met her future husband. On July 6th, 1974, Patricia wed William Richardson Armstrong in an intimate ceremony at the family's summer home on the St Lawrence River in Morristown, NY. She retired from full-time nursing one year later with the birth of her first child. The family of four relocated to Newtown, CT in 1981 where Patricia spent the next 33 years surrounded by wonderful neighborhood friends, raising her children and tending her extensive gardens of daylilies, peonies, and hostas. As her children grew older, she worked in the Newtown public schools as a substitute school nurse. Patricia was happiest spoiling her grandchildren, working in her garden or out to lunch with friends. A fan of quilting, she made and collected many quilts over the years. She was also an avid reader and relished a good murder mystery. Pat loved shopping for a good bargain, especially when it was for the grandkids. Her summers were spent on the St Lawrence River or near the beach in Myrtle Beach, SC visiting with friends and family and enjoying the sunrises and sunsets. Family and friends will remember well her wonderful comfort food dishes. Recipes for chocolate cake smothered in melted Hershey bars and barbecued beef brisket were readily shared with those who enjoyed her cooking. She had a great love of food and cooking, especially when it involved chocolate or peanut butter, or both. She harbored a life long aversion to vegetables, which she unfortunately passed on to her grandchildren. Her regrets are few which is boastful of a rich life. Patricia would have like to have had just one pet that tolerated travel in the car without stomach upset. Furthermore, her 15-year quest to remodel her kitchen met with frequent derailment, much to her consternation. She was a friend one could depend on for comfort, support, unsolicited advice and a good laugh. Patricia was a loving and thoughtful friend, wife and mother. Patricia's family will receive visitors from 3pm to 6pm Thursday, February 27 at the Honan Funeral Home at 58 Main Street in Newtown with services being held there at 11 am on Friday the 28th. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Patricia's name be made to the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital