On July 15th, the world lost a beautiful soul with the passing of Patrica Anable Ward.

She passed peacefully in the presence of the love of her life, her devoted husband, Richard Ward. Pat was born in Hudson New York on June 6th, 1947 to Frank and Mary Kozub Anable. A lifelong resident of Columbia County, Pat attended St. Mary’s Academy from Kindergarten to graduation in 1965. Pat then moved on to study elementary education at Mount St. Mary College, graduating in 1969.

Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Pat knew, that her family was of the utmost importance to her, and her students a close second. Pat dedicated her life to both her family and her students at John L. Edwards Elementary school where she taught second grade for 33 years.

The ultimate loving and generous woman, Pat was a born caretaker. She had both of her parents move in with her and took care of them in their senior years, but her most beloved job was helping raise her grandchildren who she loved with her whole heart and soul. She was always available to take care of them and she did so with love and patience. She will be sorely missed by her entire family .Pat is survived by her devoted husband, Richard Ward, her three children Jeffery (Erin) Hofstetter, Brian Hofstetter and Coreen ( Scott) Brown and four precious grandchildren, Emily, Olivia , Sophia Hofstetter and Timothy Brown. Pat was an only child, but was extremely close to her cousins, Nancy Randall, Jean Hart and Thomas Drahushuk.

This loving soul passed on the qualities of love, devotion, honesty and dedication to peace and inclusion to the hundreds of children who passed through her classes in her years at John L. Edwards. She will be remembered fondly by both her students and her fellow staff members.

Calling hours are private. There will be a Mass Of Christian Burial held at Holy Trinity Parish (St. Mary’s) at 10:00 am Wednesday July 21.

Because of Pat’s love for her pets and all animals, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Animal Kind or Everlasting Hope Animal Rescue.

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