Patricia (Patty) Ann Kneale

February 2, 1939 - December 21, 2012
Patricia (Patty) Ann Kneale

Patricia Ann (Patty) Kneale, 73, passed away on December 21, 2012 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, Wilmington, NC with her family at her side.

Patty was born in Hornell, NY on February 2, 1939. She was the daughter of Eugene Robert and Catherine Ann Smith who preceded her in death.

Patty was salutatorian of the Hornell High School class of ‘57. She graduated with a BSN from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY earning honors as the 1961 New York State Outstanding Student Nurse. Following graduation, Patty worked in the nursery at Syracuse Memorial Hospital where she also served as clinical nursing instructor. After raising her five children she returned to work as nurse at Onondaga Central High School, where she worked happily for 25 years until retirement. Patty also worked several summers with special children for BOCES of NY.

Patty was a gentle, loving, kind woman of deep faith. She served Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Syracuse, as trustee, choir member, lector, eucharistic minister, and led her parish as they served local families in need. She was a member of the Syracuse Diocese Human Development Board. Following their retirement to Wilmington, NC, Patty and her husband, Bob, became active choir members at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Patty also enjoyed knitting hats for newborns at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Robert (Bob) Kneale; children, Timothy Kneale (Mary) of Florence, KY, Elizabeth Kneale of Barboursville, VA, Amy Kneale of DeWitt, NY, David Kneale (Mai) of Stuttgart, Germany, Megan Cebina (Joe) of Raleigh, NC; eleven grandchildren, Riley, Henry, and Lily Kneale; Luke Berry; Ashley, Cameron, and Emma Buck; Ava and Scarlet Kneale; Anthony and Alec Cebina. Also surviving are her sister, Judy Tiede, and her brother Michael Smith (Terry).

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 10 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6650 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412. A memorial service will be held in Syracuse in the spring. Inurnment will be at White Haven Memorial Park, Pittsford, NY at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends at 9 AM prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Dr. Wilmington, NC, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Nedrow, NY, or the Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S, 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • December 24, 2012
    Sue Wasilewski says:
    I'll always remember Pat as so kind and caring. Now she's in the angels choir. May God bless the Kneale family with Pat's spirit and beautiful memories.

  • January 11, 2013
    Sue Adams says:
    Dear Bob & family, My prayers and sympathy to you. My memories of Pat are only of gentleness, kindness, always smiling, a wonderful Mom ... she was always there to lend a helping hand and an awesome neighbor. Love, Sue(Braungart)Adams

  • December 24, 2012
    Peter Hyland says:
    Pat was one of the first people that I met when I came to Onondaga Central. She was very welcoming and made me feel at home from day one. She was a gentle soul who always had a smile and something nice to say - a class act! My deepest sympathy to Bob and family. May she rest in peace.

  • December 24, 2012
    Sarah Moses (Curtis) says:
    Mrs. Kneale was a very kind hearted woman, always taking the time to listen. She treated each student as if they were dear to her, and she was always genuinely concerned about our health and needs. Mrs. Kneale always gave a warm smile when it was needed most, and felt like a friend before a school nurse. She will be missed! My heart-felt sympathy goes out to her friends and family. This world needs more Mrs. Kneale's...

  • December 24, 2012
    Tim & Tess Miller says:
    RJ, Mike, Betty, Aim, YA, Meg & Family~ The passing of a legend brings sadness and pain. but it also brings warm & fond memories for more folks than you'll ever know. A generous, kind, mentoring soul who was so special to all us kids. Smitty was one of a kind. God bless all of you....