Patricia T. Cramer
Patricia Thompson Cramer, 70, was called safely home to the Lord on October 18, 2016. Born in Springfield on June 22, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Grace (Veale) Thompson of Chicopee. A graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Springfield, she earned a BS from Westfield State College and an MS in Library Science from SUNY in Albany. She was employed at the Liberty Branch of the Springfield City Library as a Children’s Librarian, became supervisor of the Forest Park Branch and Assistant Director of the Library System. Beginning in 1986, she was the Director of the Westfield Athenaeum until her retirement. Patty was involved in many community activities including the Westfield Chamber of Commerce, the Westfield Boys and Girls Club, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Patty also served several terns as President of the Western Hampden Historical Society in Westfield and co-authored two pictorial histories on Westfield, MA. After retirement, Patty became active with the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library and served on the Board of Directors. She also volunteered as a reader for the Valley Radio Reading Service for the Blind. Patty is survived by her beloved sons, Owen Patrick of Georgetown, TX and Nathaniel Stefan and his wife Geri of Reading, MA and their children, Adrienne Grace and Benjamin Matthew. She leaves two sisters, Jeanne Lusty and her husband David, Marita Zifcak and her husband Wayne, her brother David and his wife Christine and sister-in-law Brenda Thompson. She was predeceased by her son Matthew Terence, her brother Gary, and her former husband George F. Cramer, III. The funeral for Patty will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 beginning at the Corridan Funeral Home, 333 Springfield St., Chicopee at 10 a.m. with the Funeral Mass being celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St., Springfield at 11. Burial will follow the mass in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Chicopee. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
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