In memory of
Munsell, Patricia ALBANY Patricia Munsell, beloved wife and mother, passed away surrounded by family, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. A lifelong resident of Albany, she graduated from the Vincentian Institute and the University at Albany. Patricia dedicated her life to early childhood education and the study of nature. Her career included the Trinity Alliance, director of Childcare at the Albany YWCA, director of Early Childhood Education at the Rensselaer County Junior Museum, museum educator at the Albany Visitors Center, and board member and teacher at the Heldeberg Workshop. She treasured time spent outdoors, observing the natural beauty and wildlife of the mountains and Hudson Valley. In retirement, she wrote stories of small animals and their part in nature. Her passion for the arts, live music, and social justice have been an inspiration to friends and family, and her irreplaceable spirit will be greatly missed. Patricia is survived by her husband, John Koethen; daughters, Amelia Koethen and Allison Munsell Napierski; stepdaughter, Nora Koethen; granddaughter, Rae Napierski; stepgranddaughter, Josi Giuliano; brothers, Steven and Jerry Munsell; parents, Eugene and Ruth Munsell; and son-in-law, Robert Napierski. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Patricia's family on Friday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., Albany with a memorial service to be held at 5 p.m. In the spirit of her love of nature, in lieu of flowers please send donations to the Nature Conservancy: nature.org/membership-giving/more-ways-to-give /tribute-honor-giving/ index.htm?intc=nature.tnav.give To leave a special message for the family, light a candle, obtain directions or view other helpful services please visit McveighFuneralHome.com
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