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AUST, Patricia Hinckley

Patricia Hinckley Aust, 69, of Marlborough passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, (June12,2012) after a brief illness. Born in Providence, RI on September 3, 1942, daughter of Charles and Constance Hinckley, she was married to Erich J. Aust for 45 years. The couple lived in Marlborough, for the past 36 years. Pat was a graduate of Hillsdale College, held a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut and also attended St. Andrews University in Scotland. She had a long and disinguished career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, working in protective services, adoption, foster care and other areas. Her last 20 plus years were spent as a Social Worker in the East Hartford school system. She was especially interested in ADD and served on the Connecticut ADD Task Force. She was active in Pat CHADD (Childrean with ADD) and LDA (Learning Disabilities Association) durinf her career. Pat was also an accomplished writer. She published two books of young adult fiction and a third was accepted for publication at the time of her death. After retirement in 2002 she continued her writing and activities with LDA. She also volunteered at Interval House where she became especially interested in domestic violence issues. She started an internet blog on the subject which has followings from many different countries. Besides her loving husband, Erich, she is survived by her daughter Laura Aust Olkin of Windham, her son Paul J. Aust of New York, NY; her sister Priscilla Carroll of Andover, her brother Charles Hinckley of Milford, Robert Hinckley of Woodbury; as well as sisters-in-law Martha DiMezza of Rhode Island, Nancy Aust of Plantsville, and Kathy Hinckley of Woodbury. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews; as well as a host of friends and co-workers who loved her dearly.
Calling hours will be from 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday, June 15 at the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 16 at the Marlborough Congregational Church, 35 South Main St., Marlborough, CT. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to LDA or the American Cancer Society. For tributes, online condolences or directions, please visit

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Published in Hartford Courant on Jun. 14, 2012.
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July 6, 2012
To the Aust Family, our condolences to you. We knew Pat as a frequent visitor and user of the Richmond Library. She shared her adventures in writing with us and allowed us to help critique some of her works in progress. She so loved teen fiction and of course her audiobooks! She will be sorely missed here as a patron and friend. The Richmond Memorial Library Staff
Eileen Washburn
June 18, 2012
Dear Erich, Laura, Jay, Pris, Fred, Bob, and Kathy,
I was so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. I have such fond memories of her with her positive personality and infectious laugh. I know you will all miss her. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Susan Carroll Rice
June 17, 2012
Erich - I was so very sorry to read about Pat in the paper. I know with your Christmas card that she had been having some problems, but she indicated things seemed to be under control. I will always remember her sense of humor and ready smile! I know your children will be able to give you some sense of comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you - Bob and Molly Francolini
June 15, 2012
The memory of a life so well lived, so rich in giving and loving, so dedicated to those around her, gives us all promise and hope. Rest well, Dear Lady...
Richard Swartwout
June 15, 2012
June 15, 2012
To Erich, Laura, Mat, Jay, Cilla, and all those who knew and loved her.

Please accept out sincerest condolences. We will miss Pat greatly. She always welcomed us with open arms and warm heart. May her memory be for a blessing.
Olkin Family
June 15, 2012
Dear Erich, Laura and Mat,

From the day we met her she's been a part of our family. Grace and Jack know her as one of their grandmothers. She gave them her undivided attention every weekend, the best gift of all. She played a role no-one can ever fill again.

We feel lost without her friendship but I know, as Grace and I remind ourselves, she is our guardian angel now.

Pat/Mrs Aust- if love could have kept you here, you never would have died.

Grace, Jack, Heather & David
June 14, 2012
Dear Erich, Mat, Jay, Cilla, Fred, Bob, and your families. Please accept my deepest condolences at Pat's passing, a devoted spouse, loving mother and a member of an inimitable set of twins that we all knew as Pat & Pris at Danbury High School. I assume she got to be listed first for alphabetic reasons and if my memory is correct because she also was born first.
The world is a sad but much better place today because of her. My memories of Pat were as my friend and classmate at DHS where she was known for being very talkative, always having a smile on her face and being a high energy and very smart person. I was one of the few, however that was always able to tell Pat & Pris apart, except on the telephone. Thank God that in those days we did not have the habit of lengthy phone calls. Thank you for posting the wedding photo, as that is the Pat I remember.
Facebook will not be the same without Pat's blog. Yet I know in my heart that her words have made a difference. Her passion for exposing/ridding us of abuse in the family has made our world a better and safer place. In my opinion Hyper Harry should be on every student's summer reading list!
Please find time over the next few days to celebrate her life, putting aside the sadness as hard as that will be. I know she is listening to your words (and thoughts – OMG!!)
Vincent Rupolo
June 14, 2012
We are deeply saddened by Pat's passing
We shall miss her beautiful smile, her wonderful sense of humor and her infectious optimism. Pat knew how to live and truly enjoyed life. She will remain an inspiration for us all. We send our sincere sympathy to Erich, Laura and Mat,Jay and to the entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Anne and Peter Wursthorn
June 14, 2012
To the Hinckley and Aust families: My sincere prayers and sympathies are with you. Sincerely, Roberta Markow
June 14, 2012
Dear Erich, Laura, Matt, Paul, Cilla, Charles, Robert & family: Please accept my deepest condolences at Pat
Vince Rupolo
June 14, 2012
Dear Laura and family,
So sorry for your loss, sending hugs, prayers, and deepest sympathy. <3
Andrea Lane
June 14, 2012
Pat and I shared our mother's womb. We looked like two peas in a pod when we were babies, but Mom, having been a psych major at Wellesley, decided from the beginning that we would be two individuals. And sure enough, that's what we were. We went to two different colleges, pursued two different careers, and in general followed our own paths through life. She touched so many lives in her social work calling, and so many people loved her. I have always thought of her as my better half, and I will miss her every day to the end of my life.

Sis #2 (Priscilla, born 8 minutes later)
June 14, 2012
Dear Mr. Erich Aust and family,

Words cannot express the sympathy this brings to you at this sad time. May you find strength and comfort to help you through this time of sorrow.

Ms. Pat was a great asset to the Children's Program at Interval House. The kids enjoyed attending support group with Ms. Pat for story telling. She will be truly missed.
Lydia Lopez
June 14, 2012
Dear Laura and family,
You have our sincerest sympathy on the loss of your mother.
Lee Ann and Danny (Warrenton, VA)
Lee Smith
June 14, 2012
Dear Erich and family: Pat was a wonderful writer, a treasured friend, and a great wit. Her smile and sense of humor lit up our writers' group meetings. She touched so many people with her work and her books, and her passing is a great loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy and know that I will hold you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Jane Sutcliffe
June 14, 2012
Dear Erich and family; My deepest sympathy for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Eileen C.
Eileen Ciparelli
June 14, 2012
Dear Erich, Laura, and Jay: Please accept our deepest sympathy. Let the wonderful memories of her give you comfort at this sorrowful time. Pat was a kind, loving person.
Jack and Wendy Murray
June 14, 2012
I first met Pat at a meeting of the CT Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and, as it turned out, we had several mutual friends. She impressed me with her intelligence, warmth, kindness, sense of humor, and devotion to both her career and family. She will be missed. My condolences to her family and other friends.
Leslie O'Grady
June 14, 2012
Dear Laura and family;
I'd like to express my sincere sorrow at the loss of your mom. Your memories of her will always be there. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Judy Walsh
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