Patricia Woodburn

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Woodburn, Patricia Philomena - It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce Patricia passed, February 2nd, 2024 at the Brantford General Hospital at the age of 84. She died peacefully with her family around her. She was a shining light and a most beautiful soul. She will be mourned by everyone who knew her. She was a loving mother to her four wonderful children and their partners: Angeline Vandertuin (Edgar), Patsy Wicha (Doug), John Kocsis, and Eileen Elliott (Jeff), as well as her siblings: Anne Kocsis, Andy Woodburn (Glad), Cathy Woodburn, Michael Woodburn (Lynda) and Patrick Woodburn (Linda), and cherished grandmother of Krystan Wicha, Justin Elliott (Karly), Kaileigh Wicha, Kori Elliott (Andrew) Kaitlin Vandertuin. She will be greatly missed by her nieces, nephews, (Michael Kocsis, Patrick Kocsis, Meghan Clark (Ian), Stephanie Woodburn, Erinn vanWynsberghe, Aimee vanWynsberghe, Bob Woodburn (Sophie) Todd Woodburn (Lindsay), Michael Woodburn Jr., Kara Davey (Ron), and grandnieces and grandnephews, cousins, and her many, many friends. Predeceased by parents John A Woodburn and Eileen Hogan Woodburn, both from Ireland. Patricia, a lifelong learner and active community member, touched the lives of many through her diverse interests and unwavering kindness. Patricia's love of music led her to take up the saxophone later in life and she greatly enjoyed performing with the Brantford School of Instrumental Music. She shared her love for opera with her granddaughter, Kaitlin, and together, they attended several performances throughout southwestern Ontario. As a member of the Brant Historical Society, Patricia was always eager to learn and her interest in history enriched her understanding of the world. She actively supported Indigenous history, culture, and art. She attended lectures, historic celebrations, and curated a beautiful collection of Native art and pottery. Well-read and informed, Patricia followed local, provincial, and federal politics closely and her community work with the Brantford Liberal party made a difference.   Patricia volunteered with the Brant Laurier Special Olympics, and she also served as an assistant coach with the Brant Track and Field Club, when her children were young. Her cheers echoed across soccer fields and basketball courts in those years, as they had done for her five younger siblings in prior years. Patricia valued education. She encouraged family members in their academic pursuits, both in Canada and abroad, and her unwavering support and pride fueled their success. In her working life and after, Patricia is fondly remembered by the Braemar School community as the caring lady at the front desk. She made time for every child and parent, brightening school days.   More recently, Patricia became a cherished member of the Seasons retirement community. Her family extends heartfelt gratitude for the compassionate care provided there and to the nurses in CCU during our difficult time. Above all, family was core for Patricia, she was the guiding light to immediate and extended family. Patricia was very proud of her Irish heritage and maintained strong connection with her many relatives in Ireland. She often welcomed that extended family, strengthening the bond for future generations.   Patricia was reliably supportive, kind, and compassionate, a role model who personified tolerance and whose understanding nature and wisdom drew others to her. She was beloved for her ability to make each individual encountered, feel like, not just the most important person in the room, but in the world. She lived her life with dignity and elegance. Patricia will be remembered for her ready smile, her welcoming acceptance of others, her endless willingness to help. She made friends wherever her journey took her and her “good appetite” phrase captured her attitude towards life. Life was an adventure everyday and hers was a life well lived. Friends will be received at the Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre, 88 Brant Ave., Brantford, 519-752-4331 on Sunday February 11th, 2024 from 2pm until 4pm. A Service of Remembrance will be held in the chapel on Monday February 12th, 2024 at 10:00am. Cremation has taken place. Donations to the Brant School of Instrumental Music or Brant Historical Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted in memory of Patricia in the Beckett-Glaves Memorial Forest.
Sunday
11
February

Visitation 1

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 11, 2024
Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre
88 Brant Avenue
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Monday
12
February

Service Information

10:00 am
Monday, February 12, 2024
Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre
88 Brant Avenue
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Monday
12
February

Interment

1:30 pm
Monday, February 12, 2024
St. Joseph's Cemetery
388 St. Paul Avenue
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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1939 - 2024

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