Helen ‘Pat’ Thatcher, 77, had a fierce passion for community involvement

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Helen Thatcher
Helen Thatcher

In the face of such great loss, what can be certain is that Pat, Pepper, Nan, Mom, or any nickname she acquired that carved her relationship to the sayer of such name, was an immensely strong woman with a profound faith. It is with great sorrow to announce that Helen Thatcher, 77, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Helen, known to most as Pat, was born on August 18, 1938, to Charles and Helen Connell Mack. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y.

After attending St. Brendans High School in Brooklyn, Pat began working for Western Electric in New York City. Pat met Samuel Thatcher, who would soon become her beloved, at a picnic in Breezy Point when she was 19. They instantly realized they were soulmates and married soon after they met. It was in this partnership that they would don the nicknames, Salt and Pepper, from one of their sons; names such as these can only highlight the love and support Sam and Pat gave one another throughout their lives together. Soon after their marriage, Sam and Pat, knowing their love could reach wide and far depths, added five children to their family, Marybeth, Kathleen, Bryan, Michael and Robert.

The choice to move the family from Brooklyn to Highland Mills, N.Y., was tough for Pat, but one she never regretted. She quickly settled in and began work for the New York State DMV. She worked hard and became the assistant director of several DMV offices in the state. Pat was very focused on and dedicated to raising her children and being an active participant in her community. She put much of that fierce passion for community into her work with Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, as she was, herself, a devout Catholic.

As Pat’s children grew and graduated from college, she and Sam found a passion in the sport of golf. Their combined love of the sport eventually brought them into a new phase of their lives; Sam and Pat moved to Ocean Isle Beach in 2003, spending quality time together on the golf course and making many new friends.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel Thatcher; children, Marybeth Runkowski, and husband, Dennis, Kathleen Thatcher, and fiancé, Chris Sharpe, Bryan Thatcher and Robert Thatcher, and wife, Lenore; and five grandchildren will always remember her warm, boundless laugh and prominent mentorship in their formative years, Samantha and fiancé, Patrick Choules, Dennis, Kassandra, Brendan and Emily. She will always be loved by her entire family, along with her many dear friends.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573; or Make-A-Wish at Hudson Valley, 832 South Broadway, The Wish House, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 27, at Saint Brendans the Navigator Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the church columbarium.

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