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Patricia A. Blatnik-Harbin


1930 - 2014
Patricia A. Blatnik-Harbin Obituary
Patricia A. Blatnik-Harbin
Sept. 8, 1930 - Dec. 22, 2014
Carmel Valley
Patricia Blatnik Harbin of Carmel Valley passed away on December 22, 2014.
Born in Utica, NY in 1930, she was the daughter of Dr. John Francis Kelley and Lulla Grenon Kelley.
She was raised in Utica and New Hartford, New York spending all of her summers at Raquette Lake with her Grandparents, Maggie and Joe Grenon and the family camp at White Lake, both located in the Adirondack Mountains.
She attended New Hartford High School and loved athletics; being a member of the Basketball, Track, Swimming, Hockey, Softball, Volleyball and Cheerleader teams. She was awarded the Outstanding Girl Athlete of 1948; her father was proud as he had played football for Notre Dame under Coach Knute Rockne.
She had a rough time with learning Latin but finally passed just before graduation.
She then attended Cortland State Teachers College in NY State and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial & Business School in Boston, MA.
Upon certifying at Gibbs, four gals went to Philadelphia, rented an apartment in Rittenhouse Square and Pat worked at Furness Withy Co., LTD, who are agents for various European Steamship Lines.
After two years, she and one roommate took a greyhound bus to see the country to California. Long Beach looked great. Pat began to work for Pacific Far East Line, A Steamship Company and worked there for 8 years.
In 1961, she married Hank Blatnik, a building contractor and they moved to The Village of Carmel Valley. Their children were born in 1962 and 1963.
After the children started school, Pat went back to work; 20 years for Communications Satellite Corp at their Jamesburg International Earth Station and 11 years for AT&T which purchased the Earth Station in 1988.
Her husband Hank died in May 1985 and Pat remarried in 1988 to Lew Harbin, a retired Heavy Equipment Mechanic who lost his wife shortly after the death of Hank. Lew died in 2000.
She leaves her son, John Blatnik and his Wife, Terri of Carmel Valley, Daughter Kelly Barnes of San Jose, Step-Daughter Margaret (Sugar) Geer of Redding, CA. She leaves 6 Grandchildren who were the joy of her life – Tyler and Marissa Barnes, Danielle and William Blatnik and Jeffrey and Christine Brooks.
She leaves the family of her brother, James Kelley, who died February 18, 2007, his Wife Bea, of Waterford, CT. Niece Karen and her Husband Dennis of Old Lyme, CT and their children Kayla and Connor. Nephew Kevin and his Wife Robin of Duxbury, MA and their children, Michelle and Brian.
She also leaves Step-children, Sharon Rezendes of Hanford, CA and Darrell Harbin of Sacramento, CA.
THROUGHOUT HER ENTIRE LIFE, HER HEART REMAINED, ALWAYS, IN THE ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS.
A Memorial Mass service will be on January 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Carmel Valley Village.
The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Patty's name to the SPCA for Monterey County, Hospice of the Monterey Peninsula or the Disabled Veterans Association.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Dec. 31, 2014
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