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Patricia Ericksen, 77, died on Friday, June 25, 2010 in the Hospice Unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY as a result of primary peritoneal cancer. She was a former parishioner at St. Paul's Church, Binghamton. She received her Masters Degree from the University of Scranton and her Doctorate from California University at the age of 70, and until her illness, she was the Executive Director of the S.O.S. Shelter. She was predeceased by her parents, Leo J. and Kathryn Cody. She is survived by her legacy of five daughters, Lisa A. (Michael J.) McGee, Wernersville, PA, Karen E. (Michael T.) Sharkey, Vestal, NY, Mary L. Barr (Bernard Barriere), Binghamton, NY, Kristen J. Ericksen (Lisa Hrehor) Johnson City, NY, Kathryn E. Ericksen, Binghamton; eight grandchildren, Michael Cody McGee, Erin and Thomas Sharkey, Sarah and Jacob Watson and Jaidyn, Jonah and Jordyn Ericksen-Hrehor; one great granddaughter, Marley Watson-DeSanctis. Also survived by a brother, Leo S. (Mary) Cody, Binghamton, NY and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 12 pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 157 Clark St., Vestal, NY. The family will receive friends at church from 10 a.m. until the Mass time at 12 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the S.O.S. Shelter, PO Box 393, Endicott, NY 13761.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from June 27 to June 28, 2010