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Patricia Blotteaux Stern Tracy


1925 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
NEWPORT NEWS - Patricia Blotteaux Stern Tracy, born March 26, 1925 in Chicago Illinois: A bright star, a superabundance of energy, a loving, and giving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. In the early 1940's Pat was one for adventure, and danced her way in a chaperoned traveling showgirl group. With her mother's permission, and the agreement that her older sister Rita traveled too, she took to the road on a bus, honed her tapping skills, and wore beautiful chiffon, feathered costumes, and really loved preforming at the Rio Cabana! She was a real showgirl! Her love, and passion for the theatre was evident when she became a member of the Peninsula Community Theatre from 1966 to the present, served as President of PCT from 1987-2000, a board member, and chair of many committees from 1966-2003. When PCT lost their theatre in NN, Pat used her chutzpa, and determination, and was responsible for finding the beautiful, historic theatre in Hilton Village, where she directed, choreographed, acted, danced, and shared her incredible talents, and love for the stage. Musicals were her favorite! She starred, and shined, on that stage more times than can be counted! She was an incredible Dolly, a scintillating Mame, a loving Golda, and a Mother Superior, twice on the PCT stage, just to name a few roles. There is only one Pat, and now we will forever miss her singing, tapping, shining star. Pat worked with the American Red Cross from 1962-1990, and was the Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Chapter beginning in 1964. She served as Chairman of the National Safety Council, on the Local Human Rights Committee, the Board of Directors of Peninsula Community Homes, was a member of the Hampton-NN Community Services Board from 1971-1991, was a board member, and President of the Virginia Peninsula Mental Health Association, and a board member of the Virginia Alliance for the Mentally Ill. And she was also the most beautiful Mrs. Virginia of all in 1952. Patricia is as loved, and as precious to her family as one person can possibly be, and hearts are broken. She accomplished a lot. But Pat would tell you that her son, and daughter, her granddaughter, and great grandson are her greatest accomplishments. She loved them as she said many times, "with all of her heart and soul." Patricia lost her cherished husband, Stanley K. Stern, her dearly loved son, Jeffrey Scott, her sister, Rita, her brother, Edward, and her WWII love, James E. Tracy. She leaves behind her daughter, Carole-Sue Fiest (Jim), granddaughter Wendy E. Strack, great-grandson, Lukas Strack, nephews. Alex, and Milton Stern, best friends Betsy Forrest, Ellen Eames, Barbara Langston, Marvin Silvest, Father Jim Currin, her angel, Janet Ransom, and her Mary Immaculate Hospital Hospice friends Deborah, and Dee who always made her laugh¿especially Jean, who was always there for her. There will be a deep void in so many lives that were touched by Pat. Pat takes her final bow, and receives her last standing ovation. Her love of the stage, her tapping feet, the love of her family, and friends will forever linger. Now, we will keep her in our hearts, until, and when we meet again. We can still hear Pat saying¿"And a 5,6,7,8" There will be a visitation Friday, 1:00 p.m. at St. Jerome Catholic Church. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with interment following in Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Peninsula Community Theatre, PO Box 11056, Newport News, VA 23601. Peninsula Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published in Daily Press on Jan. 25, 2017
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