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Patricia McLane-Vachris

AGE: 82 • Ocean City, NJ & formerly of Hatboro, PA

Patricia McLane-Vachris of Ocean City, NJ formerly of Hatboro, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 25, 2016. She was 82 years young. Patricia was the beloved wife of Robert A. McLane (Bob), who preceded her in death in 2004 with whom she shared 46 years of marriage and was blessed with a second marriage to James Vachris (Jim) with whom she cherished 11 years of marriage. She was born in Atlantic City, NJ to the late Theresa Loughlin-Connor and the late William J. Loughlin. After graduating from Little Flower High School at the age of 17 Patricia moved back to Atlantic City, NJ and performed as a swim diver and an aquatic performer for two years at Steel Peer in Atlantic City, NJ. In 1954, she moved to California and performed with the traveling water show, The Hippodrome of '54. In 1958, she married Robert A. McLane at the age of 24 and raised their children in Hatboro, PA. Patricia was a dedicated wife and mother and enjoyed her time with her family which was very important to her. Patricia enjoyed all outdoor sports and activities, swimming competitively in the Masters Swim program for many years. Patricia returned to the work force at the age of 40 working for the American Packaging Corporation, Philadelphia, PA for 20 years. Patricia and her husband Bob retired to Ocean City, NJ. They enjoyed their summers in Ocean City and winters in Florida. After Bob's passing in 2004, Patricia met James Vachris (Jim) whom she married on September 10, 2005. Patricia and Jim shared a love of their strong Catholic faith, golf, music, friends and families. Patricia will be remembered for her warm and gentle nature, beautiful smile, her quick wit and sense of humor.

In addition to her husband, Patricia is survived by her six children Robert McLane, Jr and Aileen, Tricia (Matt) Perotti, Tracy (David) Goorland, Michael (Eleana) McLane, Steven (Mary) McLane and Megan (Anthony) DeLaurentis and thirteen grandchildren Danielle, Morgan, Stephanie, Dana, Bradley, Jacob, Jaclyn, Anthony, Emily, Kate, Dominic, Nicholas and Alec. In addition, Patricia enjoyed and loved her extended Vachris family of five children Bonnie Wilson (Mark), Kathleen Magnus (Chuck), Susan Noonan (Kevin), James, Jr.(Kathleen), Andrea Schanne (Francis), fifteen grandchildren, Joshua, Kara, Kristen, Katy, Sara, Meggie, Tim, James Egen, Emily, Natalie, Jack, Joe, Peter, Samuel, Robert and six great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law Jeannie Weber. Patricia is preceded in death by a brother W. John Loughlin.

Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Friday, April 1st from 5-8pm in Schneider Funeral Home, 431 N. York Rd, Hatboro, PA and on Saturday, April 2nd after 10am in St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 321 Witmer Rd, Horsham, PA 19044 and to attend her Funeral Mass at 11am. Her interment will follow in St. John Newman Cemetery, Chalfont. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at or mail to 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. To share memories and condolences with Patricia's family, please visit the Funeral Home website below.

Published in The News Journal on Mar. 30, 2016
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