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Marathon Memorial Chapel
Friday October 1st, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Patricia L. McConnell

Patricia L. "Miss Patty" (Gilbert) McConnell, 73, of Marathon, NY, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at the Guthrie Cortland Regional Medical Center, Cortland, NY.

Born in Cortland, NY, on August 25, 1948, Patty was the daughter of Leeland and Iva Allen Gilbert. A lifelong resident of the area, she was a member of the Marathon Area Historical Society and served as the Town and Village Historian of Marathon for several years. She remained active with the historical society until her passing. She had also previously served as a trustee for the Village of Marathon and was a member of the Friends of the Peck Library. In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, reading books, watching old movies, but most of all, listening to old music (especially Daniel O'Donnell), and of course, dancing. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone.

In addition to her mother, Iva Gilbert, of McGraw, she is survived by her husband of 41 years, James F. McConnell of Marathon; and her children, David (Debi) O'Shea of Marathon, Tammy (Joe) Howe of Ogdensburg, Jeffrey (Amy) O'Shea of Marathon, and Chuck Malmberg of Cincinnatus. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Davey, Joey, Lauren, Travis, Eric, Travus, Allison and Jared; a great-grandson, Kai and one due in December; her brothers, Paul (Ann) Gilbert of Rochester and Tom (Wendy) Gilbert of Marathon; her sisters, Barb Babbitt of Cortland and Susie (Jack) Monroe of Solon; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her siblings, Phyllis Gilbert, Kenny Gilbert and Cathy Crumb.

The family will be present to receive friends at the Marathon Memorial Chapel, 4071 State Route 221, Marathon, NY, on Friday, October 1, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Patty may be directed to the Marathon Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 444, Marathon, NY 13803.

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So Sorry for your loss,Alwas remember Patty making chocolate chip cookies, when we came to visit.Emily Zimmer came and visited her about the Bible, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Goldie Hall Nov 10 2021 10:35 AM

Sorry to hear of Patty's passing. Hope in time you will find comfort and peace in your special memories of Patty. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Linda Christy Sep 30 2021 11:31 AM

Sorry to hear of Patty's passing. She was lucky to have you. Hope in time you will find comfort and peace in your special memories of Patty. Prayers for you and her family.

Linda Christy Sep 30 2021 11:21 AM

Our dear Patty will be greatly missed. Such a sweet and warm personality and that beautiful smile! Fly high, my sweet friend, until we meet again, Rest In Peace.

Kathy Dennison Sep 29 2021 3:42 PM

Hello Jim and to the rest of Patty's family, Kim and I have vivid memories of Patty and you at certain tournaments at Knickerbocker's. She always had such a bright smile and always seemed to have fun. Patty was lucky to have you Jim, your love and dedication to her says a lot about you. Take care and thinking about you, Cheryl & Kim Knickerbocker

Cheryl & Kim Knickerbocker Sep 29 2021 12:28 PM

As a fellow municipal historian, my contact with Patty was limited to the few occasions when local historians in the county gathered together. Patty, with a warm smile, was always interested in what other historians had to offer, and she clearly enjoyed representing her community's past. Marathon has lost one of its pillars. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family. Town and Village of Homer Historian

Martin A. Sweeney Sep 24 2021 7:47 PM

That gorgeous smile will be missed....fly free. Dance! Dance! Dance!

Dawn Sep 24 2021 6:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Patricia McConnell

Dawn Luba Sep 24 2021 5:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Patricia McConnell

Cindy Caughey Sep 23 2021 9:49 PM

Love to you all. Patty was an amazing woman. Many great memories growing up.

Melissa Brown Fox Sep 23 2021 8:14 PM

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