Patricia Rose Weeks Doxsey, 79, of Poughkeepsie
Patricia Rose Weeks Doxsey, a lifelong Poughkeepsie resident, passed away Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was 79.
Born on Aug. 19, 1937, to the late Peter and Madeline (Flynn) Weeks, Patricia was a member of Poughkeepsie High School’s class of 1955. Following high school, she was employed by New York Telephone Company before marrying and starting a family.
On Oct. 27, 1956, Patricia married her high school sweetheart, William I. Doxsey, at Holy Trinity Church. Last month, the couple celebrated their 60th anniversary.
Patricia loved to share the stories of her childhood — studying toe ballet, spending Thursday nights on Main Street when the stores stayed open late, and the mischievous and fun times she had growing up in the 1950s.
She bowled in the Mardi Bob Women’s Major Handicap League and the Elks Club Sunday Morning League. She loved the theater, whether it was Broadway, dinner theaters, local or high school, and she knew the lyrics to most every musical made.
One of her favorite things to do was travel, and you could often find her and her husband and their group of friends at one exotic vacation spot or another. Her most treasured vacation, however was the 2005 Disney Cruise she took with her whole “famdamily” — which at that time numbered 19!
Patricia was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Mahwenawasigh chapter, and in 2006 she was recognized as the “First Lady of Poughkeepsie Softball” by the Poughkeepsie ASA Umpire’s Association. Patricia was smart and funny with a silly sense of humor and a contagious laugh. She loved playing board games and singing, and almost every family gathering ended with a rousing rendition of “Good Night Sweetheart.”
She was proud of her Irish heritage and with her family turned St. Patrick’s Day into a celebration that would make her ancestors proud (very proud). Patricia loved the holidays, and every Thanksgiving the entire family would gather at her home to give thanks for one another and the family she and her husband created. Christmas night would also find the entire family gathered at her loving home. In fact, there wasn’t any place in the world they would rather be.
Patricia loved deeply, and of all the things she loved, she loved her family the most. She was a dedicated mother who was never too busy to play with her children and she always took great pride in their accomplishments. She was a doting grandmother and great-grandmother who loved to attend their school functions, sporting events, parades and recitals, and was instrumental in their care, even seeing many of them on and off the school bus.
In addition to her devoted husband Bill, Patricia is survived by three daughters, Patricia Doxsey and Buddy Rogers of Red Hook; Lynn and Lou Varuzzo of LaGrange; and Alison and Jim Raymo of Pleasant Valley; eight grandchildren, Vaughn and Jennifer Huber, Shannen and Thomas Flanagan, Justin Rogers, Ryan Russell, Brandon Russell, Ashley and Sean Gottschalk, and Tyler Sheffield; and five greatgrandchildren, Nicholas Huber, Bryce Flanagan, SpencerLynn Flanagan, Emma Levine, and Sean Ryan Gottschalk.
She is also survived by a sister, Anna and Patrick Magnarella, and nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to name.
In addition to her parents, Patricia was predeceased by two brothers, Edward Weeks and Alexander Rinaldi; and a sister, Madeline Marin.
The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Vassar Brothers Hospital for their loving care.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, and funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery. If you wish to send an online condolence, please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com.