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Margaret A. Patterson

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Published in The Republican on May 21, 2023

1942 – 2023

Margaret Ann Patterson, 81, passed away on May 20, 2023 at her home. She was born January 8, 1942 in New York City and was the only child of Walter and Ann (Breskin) Ross. Margaret spent her primary childhood in Irvington, NY.

Married in 1960 to Eugene Patterson, the children of Margaret and Eugene are: Deborah Patterson (husband Emmett), Rebecca Lyke, Heather Patterson-Riggs (husband Bryan), Stephen Patterson (wife Rachel), and Amy Fetters (husband Glenn).

Margaret was blessed with several grandchildren: Emma and Isaac Burke (Deborah), Nicole Campion and Sarah Corbin (Rebecca), and Benjamin, Abigail, Harold Patterson (Stephen). She also now has a great granddaughter Alaina Corbin (Sarah). Margaret was predeceased by her husband and infant son Brian.

Margaret worked as a Medical Transcriptionist for several years at Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY, until she graduated from Dutchess County Community College in 1980, where she then began to work as a Labor and Delivery nurse at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY.

She continued her education and eventually because a nurse-midwife in 1994, working at the Vassar OB/GYN Clinic until retirement in 2007. After retirement, Margaret moved to Springfield, MA to be near her children and continued to work as a nurse-midwife, on a per diem basis, until the pandemic.

Margaret enjoyed many hobbies: knitting, quilting, sewing; as well as yoga and rowing crew on the Hudson River. She was also a very active volunteer – teaching ESL at the Grey House, bringing communion and library books to the homebound, cooking at the catholic churches in Springfield, and singing in the choir. When she had a small amount of free time, she loved to escape to the wonderful beaches, and lobsters, of Cape Cod.

She leaves life-long friends Phyllis and Maxine, and many other friends both in Poughkeepsie, NY, Springfield, MA and E. Longmeadow, MA.

The Family wishes to thank Baystate Hospice, the Healey Center for ALS at Mass General in Boston, and Nancy Medina for their care at the end of her life.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 from 12 – 1 PM at St. Michael’s Parish, 128 Maple Street, East Longmeadow, MA followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 1 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574, For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit