Patrice Ann "Patti" Beers-Konefsky

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Beers-Konefsky, Patrice Ann



Patrice "Patti" Ann Beers-Konefsky, age 60, died peacefully in her home in Albuquerque on January 12, 2017. She was accompanied at the time of her passing by her beloved husband, Bryan, and several dear friends.

Patti was born on August 11, 1956 and was raised in Brookfield, Connecticut, where she graduated from high school in 1974. She is a 1987 graduate of Fairfield University. Patti loved the New England countryside and cherished her experiences growing up there with her family.

After moving to Albuquerque in 1991, she worked as an office administrator for the Anti-Defamation League and, subsequently, ABQMR, a research & development company working in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

A lover of music, Patti was an accomplished pianist and accordion player since her youth. She was a longtime member Albuquerque Accordion Club.

Patti had a quick wit and a dry, quirky sense of humor that brought laughter and joy to others. "I had a lot of fun...and love...during my life," she said with gratitude before she died.

Patti is survived by her husband, Bryan Konefsky, an experimental media artist and professor of Media Studies at the University of New Mexico. Together for more than thirty years, Patti and Bryan shared a deep love of art, good friends, hiking, travel, animals, gardening, and progressive causes. They traveled widely and attended film festivals in Argentina, Cuba, Russia, Serbia, and South Korea. Patti loved animals and adopted numerous rescue dogs, bestowing them with great affection and care. She was a volunteer and dog groomer at Animal Humane New Mexico.

Patti is also survived by her parents, Dorothy and Robert Beers of Brookfield, CT; her brother Darrell and his wife, Barbara, of Danbury, CT; her niece, Chrissy Guylette of Danbury, CT; her father & mother-in-law, Victor and Jean Konefsky of Albuquerque; numerous friends and colleagues; rescue dogs, Fanny and Billy; and a temperamental and entertaining cockatiel, Timmy.

Kind, generous, fun loving, and loyal, Patti will be deeply missed by all beings who had the good fortune to know her.

There will be a private memorial gathering at a date to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made in Patti's honor to Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, which provides end-of-life and hospice care to older, unwanted animals. For more information, please visit

www.kindredspiritsnm.org

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 15, 2017