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|Ginette Villaret Patch|
|Service: Thursday, July 2 at 10:30 AM|
Location: Epiphany Catholic Church
PATCH GINETTE VILLARET PATCH (Age 91) A long time resident of Washington DC, passed away on June 25, 2015, due to failing health after a serious injury. Born on May 29, 1924 in Marseille, France, she was the only child of Charlotte Bienaim�e Villaret and Basil Marius Fran??ois Villaret. After emigrating to the United States with her parents at the age of six, she resided in New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC over the course of her life. During her early years in New York, she worked in several areas in the field of fashion: modeling, advertisement and merchandising. She married Lieutenant Richard K. Patch on June 7, 1944 at West Point, NY. Mrs. Patch received her education and graduate education from Georgetown University, The University of Vienna, Austria and Graduate School USDA. She began her early career in education as a French instructor at the Foxcroft Boarding School in Middleburg, VA, and continued as a French instructor at the Berlitz International School of Languages in Washington, DC and Vienna, Austria. In early 1974, Mrs. Patch became a French instructor for the International Monetary Fund executives and English instructor for the IMF Institute Program. From 1974-2007 she was a French Instructor at the World Bank: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development Language Training Program. In 1995, she conceived, designed and implemented an innovative new French Language Training Program for the World Bank: the Africa Region of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She continued as the Administrator of the Program until 2006. Mrs. Patch gave generously of her time to many charities and civic organizations. She was a founding member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and served as Friends of the Kennedy Center's Chairwoman for the State of Virginia. She volunteered as one of First Lady Laura Bush's correspondence team members and was a member of and volunteer for the Marjorie Merriweather Post Hillwood Museum and Garden Estate. During her early years in Virginia, she bred, raised and showed English Mastiff dogs, was the co-founder of Donaghmore Kennels, was a member of the Mastiff Club of America since 1953, and served as its vice president for several years. Mrs. Patch is survived by her children, Richard K. Patch, Jr. and K. B. Austin; her grandchildren, Richard K. Patch III, Andrea P. Rondoni, Jeremiah M. Davis and Kobi H. Davis; and her great-grandchildren, Molly Patch, C. James Rondoni and Silvia L. Rondoni. She was predeceased by her husband, Captain Richard K. Patch (1963) and her daughter, Cheri Patch (2000). Funeral Mass will be offered by Father Jean Marie Vincent at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the Epiphany Catholic Church in Georgetown, 2712 Dumbarton St., Washington, DC 2007. Interment will be Middleburg, Virginia in a private ceremony . In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Catholic Church of St Louis Parish, 4125 Garrison St. NW, Washington, DC 20016. Arrangements by Devol Funeral Home, DC.Arrangements by Devol Funeral Home, DC.
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