Patricia (Pat) A. Chaco

April 17, 1951 - July 16, 2022
Patricia (Pat) A. Chaco

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Patricia (Pat) Ann Chaco, age 71 of Leland, NC, passed with loved ones at her bedside at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Wilmington, NC on July 16, 2022.

Pat was born on April 17, 1951 in Bridgeport, CT to Andrew L. and Grace Perka.

Pat was a Special Education Instructor for 35 years in Cheshire, CT, followed by several years as a Special Education Evaluator. She was an avid reader and could be found every week at the Leland Public Library perusing the shelves for her next read. Pat was also known as a master knitter and quilter. When she wasn’t reading or crafting, she was travelling the world, with one of her favorite destinations being South Africa. Pat will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Pat is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years Cyril Chaco, as well as many other extended family members and friends. She is predeceased by her brother James Perka.

There will be a Memorial Gathering for Pat on Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Leland Chapel. There will be a reception to follow at 3033 & 3037 Eno Lane in Leland. All are welcome to attend.

Donations may be made in Pat’s honor and memory to the Salvation Army.

Please leave memories and condolences for Patricia’s family by signing the Tribute Wall below.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Leland Chapel – 525 Village Road Leland, NC 28451 910.383.3511

Memorial Gathering

Saturday, July 23, 2022
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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525 Village Road
Leland, NC 28451


3033 & 3037 Eno Lane

Leland, NC 28451

Saturday, July 23, 2022
11:00 AM

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  • September 04, 2022
    Jeffrey Bovi says:
    It was with deep sadness that Louisa and I learned from Cy of Pat’s passing. I had the good fortune of teaching with Pat at Humiston School. Pat was instrumental in me getting my job at Humiston. Her kindness, leadership and great sense of humor made Humiston a truly special place for students and staff. Louisa and I had the great fortune of moving 20 minutes from Pat and Cy in North Carolina. Our friendship with this wonderful couple continued to blossom. We shared many laughs and dinners. Pat really knew how to use her coupon books for great food joints in the Cape Fear region and we reaped the benefits! Thanks Pat and Cy for the wonderful, warm memories! Pat, we will miss you. Love, Louisa and Jeff Bovi

  • September 01, 2022
    Maureen Theiss says:
    Harry and I were so sorry to read of Pat's passing on the Cheshire Herald. We both taught with Pat at Highland School. She brought so much knowledge to our school. I loved listening to her talking about her plans to travel the U.S. We will all miss her lovely smile! Maureen and Harry Theiss

  • July 28, 2022
    Patricia Mullin says:
    From Pat Mullin , I just want to say how sorry I am for his loss , I enjoyed working with pat at humiston school and going to lunch with her all the time. She was a true friend and a very gentle person . I will miss her very much

  • July 24, 2022
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  • July 24, 2022
    Naseem A Khan says:
    In Memoriam Blondie & Dave, Pat & Cy and Joni & Al were the first people we met when we moved here in Brunswick Forest. Soon, we formed a close friendship among us. Farzana and I were in the process of writing our Will and needed a person to designate him/her as our health care agent in case both of us become invalid. I picked up Pat since she was relatively younger, healthier, less emotional and more pragmatic. I asked Pat if she would be willing to pull the plug from the life supporting system without any hesitation since we would not like to prolong the agony. In her humorous style, she said that she would be glad to do that. Therefore, we put her name in our will and gave her a copy of it. I would have never thought of such a reversal of fortune at that time. We visited her in the hospice couple of days before her demise. She opened her eyes, greeted us and uttered these words, “It is what it is.” Last Saturday, we walked into her room and found her sleeping. Farzana put her hand on her forehead hoping that she would open her eyes and talk. It did not happen but we could hear her breathing. Farzana grabbed a chair and sat down for few minutes and then stood up again and checked her again and told me that she was not breathing anymore. I rushed to get the nurse and she came and started checking her heart when Cy walked into the room. Nurse told us that the gentle breeze had stopped, and our beloved Pat was gone. Pat always teased me by claiming that she was a friend of Farzana and Farzana was always right. However, she will bake my favorite scones on my birthday. She and I planned our upcoming cruise in October. She and Cy graciously offered us to spend couple of nights at their timesharing in Florida after our disembarkation from the ship. Sadly, it would not happen with her. She had a worth living life. She was a great partner for Cy for most of her life. She was gentle and never confronted anyone even if she disagreed with that person. She socialized but kept her private life to herself. People are mostly cynical of their in-laws. Pat was an exception in that case. She took care of her mother-in-law for almost 30 years and cherished her friendship with her. I am convinced that just this act of her kindness will reward her immensely in the life after. Good Bye our friend. May you rest in peace forever! Life without you will never be the same. Seasons will change, people will come and go, flowers will bloom, life will go on but there will always be emptiness, sadness and hopelessness in our hearts. I simply wish that you would greet me with freshly baked scones when I meet you again.