AKPORT – Patricia Louise Prete, daughter of the late William and Gertrude (Miller) Brosnan, passed away early Wednesday morning (Sept. 15, 2021) after a very long battle with dementia.
Patricia was born April 14, 1936 at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. For the first 50 years of her life she resided in the city of Hornell. She attended Irving school, Hornell High School and Alfred Agricultural and Technical Institute.
On October 26, 1957, Patsy married George Prete. Through nearly 64 years of marriage, she was a loving wife and mother of Laura Ann Prete (deceased), Barbara Ann (Christopher) Maker of Arkport, Georgi-Ann “Gigi” Prete of Quincy, MA, and Mark Joseph Prete of Arkport. She was the loving “nana” of Rosario (Catherine) Prete of Williamson, NY, Lindsey (Stephen) Nichols of Hornell, Anthony (Amanda) Prete of Rochester, NY, Jared (Hannah) Maker of Arkport, Brianne Maker of Arkport; and the loving great-nana of Amelia Prete, Mason, Charlotte and Nash Nichols, Barrett Maker and Max & Oliver. She is further survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn (Donald) Coogan; and in-laws, John and Patricia Prete, Francis and Cecelia Prete and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and daughter, Pat was predeceased by her sister, MaryAnn (Gene) Dungan; her mother and father in-law, Rosario & Philomena Prete; and brothers-in-law Gene Dungan and Joseph Prete.
During her high school years, Pat worked at Supreme Ice Cream, was active in many school clubs, and was captain of the Hornell Red Raider cheerleaders her senior year. She also worked at the Koskie Music Store, the Cameo Shop, Bell Telephone as an operator, and later as an employee of St. James Mercy Hospital in the Purchasing and Radiology departments.
She was president of the Bryant School PTA; a Cinderella Softball League coach, CCD instructor and volunteer with Faith in Action. She enjoyed playing BUNCO and scratching lottery tickets. But, her greatest achievement was being a fantastic wife and mother. She took great pride in spending time with her family and preparing fabulous family meals. Later in life she enjoyed some amazing trips to Ireland with her daughters and granddaughters, and to Hawaii, Italy, Aruba, the Bahamas and many of our 50 states with her husband.
Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 19, 2021) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Relatives and friends are invited to join her family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 20, 2021). Masks are optional at both the funeral home and church. Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont. The services will be live streamed and may be seen either on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. or the homepage of www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com for 30 days beginning at 1:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 20, 2021).
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to either CareFirst Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870, the Steuben County Office for the Aging, 3 E. Pulteney Square, Bath, NY 14810; or St. Ann’s Academy, P.O. Box 446, Hornell, NY 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.
The family expresses their heartfelt appreciation to Peggy Prutsman, Anna Blake, Joy Stuart and her granddaughter, Brianne Maker for the wonderful care they gave to Pat.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored assist Pat’s family with the arrangements.
Online condolences or remembrances of Pat are welcomed on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. or at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.