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Fine, Patricia L. January 31, 2023

Patricia L. Fine

         Pat Fine was born during a ferocious snowstorm, the first day of Spring, March 21, 1938 in Washington D.C.

  She was the only child of the marriage of Wade Berlin Hatch of Akron, Ohio and Lena Hepner of Herndon, Pennsylvania. Following her parent’s divorce, Pat moved to her grandparent’s farm in Pennsylvania.  She attended the Red Cross Elementary School in Red Cross, Pennsylvania.  This was a two-room schoolhouse with no running water.   Her teacher, Emory Seaman was her cousin and best friend. She graduated with honor from the Mahanoy Joint High School in Dalmatia, Pennsylvania. She was awarded a scholarship to attend Nursing School. She went to the Capital City School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. While there she met James Fine, a medical student at Georgetown Medical School. He was to become her future husband.  After Dr. Fine’s graduation and internship, the young couple moved to San Antonio, Texas where Fine was a Captain in the United States Air Force. They then returned to Mount Vernon, N.Y., Fine’s childhood home.  Fine attended Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan as a surgical resident. After raising five children, Pat decided to pursue her nursing degree at Pace University, Pleasantville, N.Y.  She received her R.N. in 1975 and her B.S. in 1979.  After graduation, Pat worked as an R.N. at New Rochelle Hospital Center.  For twenty years, she ran her husband’s general surgery practice in their office in Mount Vernon, N.Y. Pat was an active member of the Bronxville Women’s Club, the Registrar of the DAR, and member of the Boulder Ledge Garden Club, in which she was the Chairman of the last Flower Show.  In connection with gardening, she was a member of the Ninth District Garden Club, New York State.  She was also a member of Leewood Golf Club, a docent for the Bronx Zoo, member of the Hessian Society, and a “Greeter” of the Reformed Church of Bronxville. She was a taphophile and could be found many Sunday afternoons scouring old cemeteries, searching for long lost ancestors.  Her DAR ancestor was John Blasser, a Swiss immigrant who fought in the American Revolution, 1776. She was an expert in creating Moravian Christmas stars; one of her creations graced the cover of the Villager, the monthly magazine of the Bronxville Women’s Club.  Pat loved animals and always had several cats and dogs in residence.  She loved her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and her adopted home, Bronxville, New York. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James; son, James, M.D. of Morganton, NC, wife, Heather and sons, Michael and Christopher; daughter, Valerie Limekiller of Eastchester, NY, husband, Michael and son, Jonathan; son, Stephen of Miami FL, wife, Virginia, and daughter, Ashley; son, Jeffrey M.D. of Mamaroneck, NY, wife Natalia and daughter, Isabella; and daughter, Susan Fine-Bellinger of Yonkers, NY and husband, Allan. Calling hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home, Bronxville between the hours of 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 pm Wednesday. Funeral Services will be held at The Reformed Church Bronxville on Thursday Sept. 27 at 11 am.  Interment will be in her hometown of Herndon, PA.  In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.       

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