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The Telegram
  • Patricia Anne Secrest

  • Patricia Anne Secrest (nee Russell), of Silver Lake, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family at Summa Akron City Hospital on Dec. 21, 2012, after an inspiring struggle with cancer.

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  • Patricia Anne Secrest (nee Russell), of Silver Lake, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family at Summa Akron City Hospital on Dec. 21, 2012, after an inspiring struggle with cancer.
    She was 70. Patty was born on June 13, 1942, and raised in Herkimer, to William and Marion Russell. She attended Herkimer High School and continued on to graduate from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree of education. She obtained teaching jobs in Syracuse and later Washington, D.C., after college where she taught second grade. While in Washington, D.C., Patty met a man in a white uniform and bonded over a conversation about fishing. She and Don Secrest were married soon after on March 2, 1968, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Herkimer. They moved to back to Ohio and settled in Silver Lake in 1970 where Patty was a dedicated mother, raising her two children on the world’s best meatloaf and creatively tricking her son into eating liver for four years by calling it “steak.”
    Patty made making friends her life-long passion. Within minutes her natural curiosity and open smile would turn strangers into new found friends. With her generosity and willingness to keep up communications she became the hub of several amazingly close groups of lifelong friends. The friends she made in college were a constant source of joy in her life. Patty’s infectious laugh could be heard from miles away. When she wasn’t busy welcoming people into her home and life, Patty could be found planting flowers and weeding in her beloved back yard garden. She loved to travel with friends and family, her adventurous spirit rarely keeping her stationary for long.
    Patty is survived by her husband, Dr. Don Secrest, of Silver Lake; her children, Dr. Jennifer Secrest Board, of Louisville, Ky., and Ryan Secrest, of Idaho Springs, Colo.; her grandchildren Kerolyn Board and Maggie Board, of Louisville, Ky.; her sister, Barbara Russell Parolini (Michael), of White Plains; and her nieces and nephews, Andrea Cruise Parolini (Stephen), of Dover Plains, Mark, Robert and Steven Parolini, of White Plains. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Marion Russell, of Herkimer.
    Friends and family are welcome to attend a reception celebrating Patty’s life from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the establishment of a memorial bench on the Campus of the State University of New York at Oswego. Please reference “Account No. 4714 Patricia Russell Secrest 64 Memorial Bench.” Donations can be made online at www.oswego.edu/givenow.com, by telephone at 312-3003 or by mail at Oswego College Foundation, Inc., 215 Sheldon Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126
    The family would also like to thank the nurses and staff at Summa Akron City Hospital for their care of Patty during her illness, in particular Dr. R. Douglas Trochelman, Dr. Gary B. Williams, Wanda Deiwert, Mary Ritch and the nursing staff on 6 West and 7 East. Most of all, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to all of Patty’s friends who were touched by her and in return shared their laughter, lives and love. Patty always treated everyone as if they were her best friend.
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