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Patricia V. Post


Patricia Post passed peacefully on New Year's Day, at UCSF Hospital, surrounded by her husband of 28 years, Martin Vanderlaan, and daughter, Vanessa.  A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she was a graduate of Hiram College in psychology.  Upon moving to the Bay Area she began work at the US Environmental Protection Agency Region IX office, rising to a leadership position in the Superfund Office of Community Relations. 

As a child, she accompanied her parents to the West Shore Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church and she credited that upbringing with expanding her horizons.  She was a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and through the years was a member of the Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship, the Walnut Creek UU Church, the Newton, MA UU Church and the First UU Society of San Francisco. 

On a ski trip organized by the Berkeley Fellowship she met her future husband.  The family resided at various times in Danville, CA, Newton, MA, and San Francisco.  She was a loving stepmother to Nicole Vanderlaan.  After the birth of her daughter, Vanessa, she became a full time homemaker and was active in a number of organizations, including volunteering at Vanessa's schools and the UU Society of SF.  Always generous in her efforts to extend a hand to others, among those whose lives she touched are Hava Maloku, a student from Kosova who lived with the family for several years, and Darien Garritt for whom Patti was a caregiver during the first years of his life.  Recently Patti was an active member of The Gratitude Center community.

Pat's passions included a love of nature, theater, sewing and crafts, and the fine arts, especially the textile arts.  She took delight in children of all ages, and worked to promote their welfare and education.  She was an ardent supporter of empowerment for women and social justice. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Bonita Post.  She is survived by her father, Willis Post, brother, Tony Post, husband Martin, daughter Vanessa, step daughter Nicole (Brodie Smith) and granddaughters Cadence M. Smith and Reese A. Smith.  A memorial service at the First UU Society of San Francisco is planned.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Association of University Women (AAUW.org).  

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 5, 2014
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