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Patricia Anne Atwater
Service: December 22, 2018 (Saturday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

Patricia Anne Atwater of Germantown, Maryland, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. She was the loving mother of Susan Schwarz, Cynthia Heverling, Colleen Carr, and Kathleen Hecklinger. She was a devoted wife of thirty-nine years to the late Ronald Gordon Atwater. She left a legacy of twelve grandchildren: Nicholas Schwarz, Patrick Schwarz, Christopher Schwarz, Zachary Schwarz, Brianne Heverling, Megan Heverling, Caitlin Carr, Emma Carr, Kevin Carr, Kelly Carr, Miles Hecklinger and Henry Hecklinger.

Patricia was born in Rochester, New York to Walter and Eleanor (Mueller) Alderson on October 18, 1942. She was the the youngest of three siblings, and is survived by her sister Virginia Dutton (Ashburn, VA) and brother, Father John Alderson, OFM (Triangle, VA). With her mother’s large German family operating Mueller’s Bakeries in Rochester and her father a local butcher, she grew up in an extensive and loving family. At thirteen she met the love her life, Ron, when their two families became business partners in a local grocery store. Pat and Ron married on November 28, 1963 and started their family shortly thereafter. They moved from Rochester, NY to Boston, MA and eventually to Darnestown, MD in 1977 where they raised their family and were active members of the community, volunteering at St. Rose of Lima Parish and Montgomery County Public Schools. Patricia and Ronald moved to Severna Park, MD in 1994 to enjoy boating and to enjoy views of the Magothy River. Ronald passed away in 2002 from cancer, and Patricia spent some of her final years in Germantown, MD at the home of one of her daughters as the symptoms of Parkinson's disease progressed. An obstetric nurse by profession, her fellow nurses at Wilson Health Care Center at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD cared for her as her Parkinson’s disease advanced but her smile and loving nature remained an inspiration.

Patricia put her nursing career on hold to raise her four girls but returned to the field in 1982, caring for mothers and their new babies at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She gave incredible care to thousands of mothers and babies during her career, continuing her work at Anne Arundel Medical Center and eventually retiring in 2009.

Patricia had a sparkle in her eye, a contagious smile, and a positive energy that lit up the room. Her home was always filled with family and friends, and she loved to host dinners and parties. She sang in her church choir at St. John the Evangelist parish in Severna Park and traveled to Europe on various tours. She loved boating on the Bay with her beloved Buster (Ronald) and spending time with her grandchildren. She adored her pets (guinea pigs, chinchilla, cats) throughout the years, especially her white Maltipoo dog, Gizmo.

A funeral will be held at St. Rose of Lima Parish on December 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM (11701 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878). Patricia will be laid to rest in a private burial service on December 29, next to her husband, Ronald, at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville, MD.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to Nurse Family Partnership,https://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/, an organization that supports new mothers and their babies, just as Patricia did throughout her career.  

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