Patricia A. Consugar

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Patricia A. "Pat" Murphy Consugar, 79, of Buck Run, formerly of Minersville, passed away Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Mackeysburg, Heckscherville Valley, Pat is the fifth of ten children born to the late Thomas and Marguerite Cooper Murphy.

She attended St. Kieran's School, was a 1957 graduate of Nativity BVM, and worshiped at St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Minersville. She graduated from Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Allentown in 1960.

On Oct. 20, 1962, she married her best friend, John "Jack" Consugar, with whom she raised four children until his death in 2011.

After briefly working at the Pottsville Hospital and then at Boston General Hospital, she joined the staff of the operating room at the Good Samaritan Hospital in November 1960, where she worked until her retirement in 2002. Pat loved working in the operating room, especially enjoying her late career running the endoscopy unit.

She was active with the Minersville Little League Mother's Club in the 1970s and 1980s, where she was treasurer and a fixture in the concession stand. When her children were playing, she would stop long enough to watch them at bat, cheer them on, and then get right back to work. She eventually became the first safety officer for the Little League.

She was an active bowler, and was secretary of the Tuesday afternoon league in the 1970s. She bowled until 1989, when knee problems forced her to retire from the sport she loved.

She was corresponding secretary of the Nativity Alumni Association.

She and her late husband enjoyed all types of sports. She could be seen at area sporting events, cheering on the Nativity and Minersville teams. Once a month, she would have lunch with her former fellow employees of the Good Samaritan Hospital, as well as with her former classmates of the Nativity Class of 1957 at the Pottsville Zone.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Gerald, Minersville; her sister, Marguerite, Paoli.

Her survivors include four children, Joseph and his wife, Debbie, Arnold, Md., Mary, Baltimore, Md., James and his partner, Alan, Tampa, Fla., and John and his wife, Robyn, Pottsville; adopted daughter, Ellen Joyce, Baltimore, Md; her four grandchildren whom she adored, Andrew and Danielle Consugar, both of Arnold, Md., and Rebecca and Madeline Consugar, both of Pottsville. Surviving brothers and sisters include Eileen Secoges, Lebanon, Ann Smolsky, Coal Castle, Theresa Kozluski and husband, Ray, Cleona, and Gerry Maley (her partner in crime) and husband, John, Glen Dower, Jimmy Murphy and wife, Betty, West West Terrace, Shelly Symons and husband, Tom, Primrose, and Michael Murphy and wife, Darlene, Heckscherville; nieces and nephews; and her favorite and beloved cat, Sammy Mus-Mus.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Minersville, with the Rev. Leo Maletz officiating. Family and friends are invited to attend visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday as well as from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home, Minersville. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Kostka No. 2 Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to either the Nativity BVM Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, P.O. Box 332, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc. is entrusted with the arrangements.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Jan. 4, 2019