Casazza, Patricia Branche PORT ORANGE, Fla. Patricia "Mimi" Casazza, age 71, formerly of Burnt Hills, passed away Monday, October 29, 2012 at Halifax Hospital, Daytona, Fla., after a brief illness. Pat was born in Albany and graduated from Vincentian Institute, class of 1960. Having held numerous management positions throughout her career, Pat's true passion in life was being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was predeceased by her parents, Ruth and Leo Branche, and uncle, John Branche. She is survived by her loving companion, Sean Hogan of Port Orange; daughters, Jodi (Harold) Wright of Greeneville, Tenn., Lisa (George) Budesheim of Glenville, Joan Casazza of Princetown, Suzanne Casazza of Princetown and Ginny (Eric) Obman of Scotia; beloved sister, Suzanne (Walter) Schelling of Leeds; cherished grandchildren, Bruce, Bryan (Sheena), Marc, Daniel (Randi) Wright of Greeneville, George and Andrew Budesheim of Glenville, Sydney, Derek, Maggie and Kaylee Obman of Scotia; great-grandchildren, Noah and Emma Wright of Greeneville; dear aunt, Bobbie Branche of Albany; several nieces (great) and nephews (great); friend and ex-husband, John Casazza of Saratoga; sister-in-law, Joan (Jerry) Germann of Greenville, N.C. and cousin-in-law, Billy (Mary) Casazza of Saratoga. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Church, 607 Central Ave., Albany, on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Burial of ashes will take place at St. Agnes Cemetery in Albany, in May 2013 when grandson, Cpl. Daniel Wright returns from Afghanistan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (msfocus.org/donations) in honor of Sean Hogan in accordance with Pat's wishes.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 11, 2012