Patricia Barbara “Aunt Patty” Young, a longtime educator and Montclair resident, died on Aug. 12, 2021. She was 97.
Ms. Young was born in Newark in 1924, the youngest of seven children of Alexander Aloysius Young and Margaret Ann (Gilmore) Young. A graduate of St. Michael elementary and high schools, she earned her B.S. in education from Newark State Teachers College and began her career in 1949, while living in Hunterdon County, at a two-room schoolhouse in Sergeantsville.
She joined the Newark public school system in 1951, where she served the educational needs of the people of Newark for over 45 years. Always continuing her education, she earned a certification in school psychology and an M.S. in administration from Rutgers University.
Ms. Young was employed at Robert Treat School, Avon Avenue School and Peshine Avenue School (as vice principal) before eventually serving in administration at the offices of the Newark Board of Education.
After retirement, in 1992 she purchased a home in Upper Montclair.
Ms. Young traveled the world, the only person the family knows who visited Cuba in pre-Castro days. She loved her trips to Marian shrines in Europe and the Americas. Her trips to Cape Cod in the summer with family were special for all.
She was a faith-filled person with a special love for her church and all things Catholic. She always lived by the words “God is good.” She was the first female altar server at the 8:15 Mass at St. Cassian Church, where she also served as a Eucharistic minister, lector and song leader.
She enjoyed joining the ladies for coffee after Mass at the Cozy End. She loved her Rosary groups, Over 50 Club, Bridge Group and bowling with the Belles of St. Cassian. She had a special fondness for the Sisters of Charity of Convent Station.
A lifelong volunteer, she devoted 21 years to St. Vincent Nursing Home in Montclair and Cedar Grove, two days a week and holiday mornings, assisting the residents at Mass and in various other ways.
Ms. Young is survived by her nieces, Mary and Ann Pavlovich, her great-nieces, Sarah and Lavinia Kronberg, and her great-nephew, Malachy Kronberg, as well as by many other nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Cassian Church, 187 Bellevue Ave.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St. Cassian Legacy Fund.
Arrangements were by the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home.