Patricia L. Whiteman (80) of Clinton, CT died peacefully in her home on December 24, 2023 after a long, strong battle with cancer. The weeks leading up to her passing were filled with visits from so many loved ones which she said made her feel so special. Cherished time was also spent with close family who were with her in her final hours.
Patricia (or more lovingly known as Pat, Patty, Patsy, Mom and Ma) was born on May 29, 1943 to Clifford Thomas Whiteman and Dorothy Swift Whiteman (Bartman). She was the 7th of their 8 children. Born in Guilford, CT with roots in both Madison and Clinton, Pat settled in Clinton and graduated from The Morgan School in 1961. Pat loved attending school dances and proms. She enjoyed being a member of junior achievement and playing the role of “Miss Penelope” in the school paper. She had fond memories of laughter, singing, joke telling and shenanigans with her siblings, lifelong friends and cousins during her youth. After graduating from high school, Pat went on to hairdressing school and became a hairdresser. She enjoyed being fashionable - the color purple, leopard prints, fun jewelry and lipstick (a must no matter the occasion - even in her final days!).
Pat loved to be around people and was quite the social butterfly. Whether it was working the counters at ReXall or Bell’s Pharmacy or rocking customer service at The Wooden Spoon and Comcast (where she proudly earned a trip to California to walk the red carpet with her sister Dot at the movie premier of Eraser with Arnold Schwarzenegger!), she made friends wherever she went. She was known for her friendly smile, kindness and warm heart. Over the years, friends, family and neighbors would gather around her table to enjoy coffee, good conversation and, of course, something sweet!
In addition to being a great friend, Pat was a wonderful sister, aunt and cousin, but most of all, Pat was the most loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother! She shared that the biggest highlight of her life was “having her three wonderful children”. Later, that love grew with each grandchild and her great granddaughter.
Pat is survived by her daughter Maureen Scully Tranquilli (Edwin) of North Branford and her son William Patrick Scully (Tina) of Clinton. Also survived by her grandchildren Jade Vergalitto (Chris/CJ Dwyer), Joe Vergalitto (Savannah), William R Scully, Sean Scully, Nicholas Tranquilli, Nathan Tranquilli and Brendan Scully. She is also survived by her one and only great granddaughter, Willow Dwyer who was truly the apple of her eye! Pat is also survived by three siblings Gordon Whiteman (Andrea) of Guilford, Mary (Betty) Abel of Guilford and Diane Schmidt (Tom) of Mentor, OH as well as many cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. Pat was predeceased by both of her parents, five of her siblings (Tommy, Gibby, Dot, Wilma and Gregg) and her beloved daughter, Tricia Scully who she missed greatly since her passing, the person she looked most forward to being reunited with.
A mass in her honor will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at Christ Episcopal Church in Guilford, CT at 11:00 am. Her burial will be private.