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Patricia M. Keal

June 18, 2023

Patricia M KealPatricia M. Keal, 85, Clayton, formerly of Voorheesville, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at home surrounded by her children after battling cancer.

Pat was born in 1938, the daughter of Dominic and Frances Lynch. She graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in 1956 and received a degree from Norwich University in 1958. On May 18, 1974, she married John C. Keal in Wappingers Falls, New York. She held the position of office manager at John Keal Music Co. for over 30 years. Pat and her husband John played a significant role in establishing school music programs in the capital district. In 1984, they purchased a residence in Clayton. Pat was an active member of Saint Mary’s Church in Clayton and also enjoyed spending time in Parrish, Florida.

Pat had a deep passion for music, engaging in games with friends, tending to her garden, and being near the St. Lawrence River. However, her greatest source of joy came from spending time with her family. Pat is survived by her sister Fran Lynch of Clayton and her five children: William B. and Ida Keal of Troy, Richard A. and Nancy Fenwick of Clifton Park, Paul Fenwick of Saint Marys, KS, Barbara and Scott Taylor of Port Ewen, and Andrew J. Keal and Heidi Kretser of Saranac Lake. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the Saint Mary’s Parish nurses Mary Kleinhans, Jennifer Lucia, and Wanda Cavanaugh, as well as Jefferson County home health LPN Shannon Priest and Delisa Drewes for their unwavering support and care for Pat. A special thank you is also extended to their dear Aunt Frannie for her love and support.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, June 24, at 10 AM at St. Mary's Church in Clayton, followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Calling hours will take place on Friday, June 23, from 5-7 PM at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. in Clayton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Mary’s Church at 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences for the family can be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#11 Kristal Van Dyke 2023-06-25 06:59
I met Pat within the first 5 minutes on the day I walked into John Keal Music for my interview and she was there every day since. No one worked harder than Pat and Jack, but it went way beyond that. She taught me about joy in daily life, compassion & kindness for others. I will never forget her smile, her heartfelt support, her humor. She lives on in many ways--we still play dominoes (and have met many new friends at our games--thank you, Pat!). We eat her summer tomato salad all season--yet another way she continues to nourish us. My sympathy to her friends and family. Cancer is a tough road and it leaves scars on those left behind. I wish you peace, restoration, and a return to joy--just as Pat would prescribe.
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#10 Mary Lou Benvenuto 2023-06-22 22:44
Pat and John always hosted beautiful parties on Rivershore Dr. These were not just for a few close neighbors, everyone on Rivershore Dr and the side streets too, were invited and in attendance. They never wanted to leave anyone out. Pat, along with her sister Fran, had a thoughtful heart and a deep love of our Lord. She will be greatly missed.
~ Bobby and Mary Lou Benvenuto (Friends & Neighbors)
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#9 Sandy & Robin Cohn 2023-06-21 16:03
Pat was a lovely lady who Sandy worked with for over 20 years at Keal Music. She was a delightful lady who we will never forget. We enjoyed spending time with Pat and John throughout the years. May her memory always be a blessing to all who had the honor of knowing her.
Rest in peace, Pat.
---Robin & Sandy Cohn
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#8 Jessica Brown 2023-06-20 21:21
Pat held a very special place in my heart. I loved seeing her in the summer when she came to get her hair cut. Condolences to her family that she loved dearly.
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#7 Ede Kidder 2023-06-20 17:44
Pat and John were two of our oldest and dearest friends in the music business. Sad news today, but they built a wonderful business and managed to find Chris' capable hands to take over after them.
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#6 Nancy Coppola 2023-06-20 17:29
We on Steele’s Point acknowledge the end of an era with the passing of Pat. John, Pat , Frannnie and Dom welcomed all of us in their home at summer kickoff and Labor Day celebrations. When we were new residents here, they made us feel like we’d been here forever. Pat continued to be a cornerstone of Steele’s Point with her happy approach to life and personal outreach. I will miss her tremendously.
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#5 Lonnie LaRochelle 2023-06-20 16:54
We moved in on Labor Day Weekend twelve years ago. It was Pat's end of the season party. She would invite everyone on the street and anyone they wanted to bring. This also happened at the beginning of the season. We loved those parties and she loved having them. From that first party, I knew we made the right choice coming here. She was so welcoming. Tom and Lonnie
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#4 Duane Hazelton 2023-06-20 09:16
We moved into the neighborhood about six years ago. Pat hosted wonderful parties. She and her sister Fran were two of the nicest people we ever met. We will miss seeing her working in her garden, which was very well cared for and productive. Condolences to her family.

Duane and Cynthia
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#3 Chris Murray 2023-06-20 07:19
Our condolences to all of the family. We will always remember the summer parties she and John hosted. Such a kind and generous person.
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#2 Carolyn O’Neill 2023-06-19 20:38
Deepest sympathy and heartfelt love to all of the family. Both Pat and John were such wonderful neighbors., generously welcoming friends and neighbors to enjoy their life and home. She will be deeply missed by family, friends, and neighbors. RIP Pat.
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