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LOWVILLE – Patricia J. “Pati” Kraeger, 67, of Church Street, Lowville, died Thursday evening at her daughter’s home in Cicero, under the care of her family and Hospice of Central New York.
A funeral Mass will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 19, 2011 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Mohawk Hill. Calling hours are 3pm to 7pm on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 5457 Shady Ave., Lowville, NY 13367.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Dennis; four children and their spouses, Margaret and Robert Chapman of Cicero, NY; Shauna and James Salanger of Huntersville, NC; Andrew and Stacy Kraeger of Huntersville, NC; Jonathan and Kimberly Kraeger of Whitesboro, NY; six grandchildren, Alexander and Amanda Chapman, James and Jonathan Kraeger, and Hannah and Drew Kraeger. She is also survived by her cousin, Mary Anne Cooper and her husband, Robert; many brother and sister in laws; and 17 nieces and nephews.
Pati was born on March 17, 1944, in Highmarket, NY, a daughter of the late Ralph and Eileen Mackay Thomas. She graduated from Lowville Academy in 1961 and from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1964. On August 28, 1965, she married Dennis F. Kraeger at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville, with Msgr. Joseph Luker, officiating. She worked as a staff nurse at the VA Hospital in Buffalo, NY for one year. The remainder of her career was spent at the Lewis County General Hospital, where she worked as a staff nurse, nursing supervisor and later retired as Assistant Director of Nursing in March, 1999. She received the Nurse of Distinction Award in 1990. After retirement, Pati continued to work part-time as nursing supervisor, and also worked as a consultant for Hallmark Nursing Centre.
She was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville, and a member of the church’s St. Therese’s Guild and Altar and Rosary Society. She was a former Board Member of Friends of Lewis County Hospice, and Lewis County Cooperative Extension. Pati was a former chairperson for Lewis County EMS Council for Disaster Preparedness, and a Board Member of the Lewis County General Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the Tug Hill Red Hatters, and was a volunteer for the Lewis County Red Cross Blood Bank.
Pati enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and volunteering.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com .