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Patricia F. (Edridge)  Utzschneider

Patricia F. (Edridge) Utzschneider
  • May 5, 1928 - December 23, 2020
  • Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

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“Unfortunately I just learned of the passing of Patricia. Shock and sadness do not come near what I feel. The Bronx is we both started and worked...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Alfred Mauro M,D

“We are so sorry to hear of this and offer our sincerest condolences to the family and close friends of Pat and Rudy. As neighbors, we know the...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Marty and Debbie Friedman - MA

“Too Richie and the Dr. Utzschneider our deepest condolences with the passing of mom/Mrs. Utzschneider. Out thoughts and prayers are with you always. ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: Andrew Giangaspro

“Dear Rudy and the Utzschneider Family, We are truly saddened to hear Patricia's passing. She was an amazing soul, and we remember with great...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Sakir & Gulfer Azmak

“I had the privilege of meeting Oma on several occasions and vividly remember her wonderful smile and engaging demeanor. Her life was one of creating...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Thoru Pederson

“Dear Rudy and Family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences as you grieve the loss of your most dear Patricia. May her living legacy serve as an...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Joseph and Patricia Oyer - MA

“Dear Dr. Utzschneider, We were so sorry to hear of Mrs. Utzschneider's passing. We have many wonderful memories of time spent with your family. Mrs...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Ken and Sandy Violette - MA

“Such a beautiful tribute. Love, light, and prayers to you all. ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: Brenna Cardoza - Worcester, MA

“Our deepest condolences to the Utzschneider family. A beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Stephen & Liana Desio - MA

“Thank you for the opportunity to have known Pat, an extraordinary woman! ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Sheilah Dooley - Worcester, MA

“My deepest condolences to the Utzschneider family. May your wonderful memories of Patricia be of comfort to you. My prayers are with you. Tom Manning...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Thomas Manning - Spencer, MA

“What a beautiful and well written tribute. I feel sad that I never met this amazing woman. My condolences to your entire family. ”
12 of 24 | Posted by: A T and G reader.

“May your family find comfort in the Faith and may you Rest In Peace.Dr. Timothy C. Hoffman ”
13 of 24 | Posted by: Dr. Timothy Hoffman - Spencer, MA

“Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.I always will remember Pat's radiant smile.My thoughts and prayers are with at this difficult time. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: David Kelly - Worcester, MA

“Rudy, please accept my condolences. I very much enjoyed Patty. You and she have invariably made me feel welcomed when we have seen you in Maine...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Tom Kelly - Brunswick, ME

“Rudy .... Sorry to hear of Patricias passing ..... amazing woman who lived a wonderful life ..... May she Rest In Peace and her Memory be Eternal ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: Raymond Esper

“A dear friend and a special sole. We spent so many wonderful times together either on skiing trips, at annual gatherings or for social occasions. ...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Dawn Shannon - Shrewsbury, MA

“My condolences to Rudy and his entire family for the loss of Pat! She was a lifelong friend of my Late mother Annmarie Blute especially St Mary´s...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Robert D Blute Jr MZd

“What a precious picture. I remember her always with a smile and kindness. She was a genuine caring adult in my life and I am grateful for that. I...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Laurie Shannon Urda - Stonington, CT

“I am so sorry for your loss! She was a wonderful, kind, extraordinary woman who will be missed by many. I remember many fun times at the...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Marie Cadigan - Clinton, MA

“Condolences to the Utzschneider family. God bless. ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Kevin Simon - buzzards Bay, MA

“Tante Pat, wir werden Dich nie vergessen.Unser herzliches Beileid für die ganze Familie ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Alexander Stephan - Family

“So sorry to hear of your loss. May God Bless Patricia and her wonderful family at this very sad time. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Paul & Elaine Baril

“God Bless you Patricia and the entire Utzschneider family ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Rob Shannon - Shrewsbury, MA

Shrewsbury - Patricia Frances Utzschneider, affectionately known as "Oma," passed away in her home in Shrewsbury, MA, with her loving husband Rudolf (Rudy) and family by her side on December 23, 2020.

Born in the Bronx, New York on May 5th,1928, Patricia was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Edridge, who were both immigrants from Newfoundland. The second of five children, she grew up in a modest home in the Bronx and graduated from Cathedral High School in New York City. She earned a Nursing degree from White Plains Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. She worked as an operating room nurse for two years before continuing her education at Mary Immaculate in Long Island to become a nurse anesthetist. While working as a nurse anesthetist at Elizabeth General Hospital in Elizabeth NJ, she met Rudy Utzschneider, who was visiting for a year from Munich Germany on a rotating internship. After marrying in 1955, they lived in Munich for one year. Rudy then completed his four year residency at St. Vincent Hospital before settling in Shrewsbury in 1960 where they raised their nine children.

Patricia was a nurturing soul, and her need to care for and encourage the growth of others became the basis for how she lived her life. It drove her decision at a young age to pursue a career in nursing. It is why she raised such a large family, and when her children had mostly moved out of the house, she then volunteered at The Pernet Family Health Service to help low-income families get started with their own lives. Her nurturing soul was most apparent in her love for food and feeding others. Patricia was always happiest when she was feeding someone, and throughout her life she mastered the art of feeding a crowd. Her home was always centered around a long kitchen table that could seat up to 15, oftentimes with her mother "Grammy" holding court at one end of the table for many years. Patricia loved Bavarian food, and dishes like spӓetzle, pfannkuchen, and stollen were staples at their big white house on Prospect Street in Shrewsbury. Every week during Lent she had a "$2 night" where she fed her family a modest meal and donated the savings to Pernet.

Patricia nurtured souls as well, serving as a calming source of advice and love for family members and strangers alike. She was a brilliant correspondent, writing hundreds of cards and letters every year, each one having that perfect turn of phrase or joke that would lift the reader's spirits. She loved to celebrate holidays because doing so made people feel special and happy, and her home was always adorned with decorations and flowers for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, or the arrival of a new season. She loved Oktoberfest, and she and Rudy hosted many pig roasts in their backyard for neighbors and friends, complete with a tent and dirndls and lederhosen for all of their children.

All nine of Patricia and Rudy's children graduated from college, but Patricia was easily the smartest person in the Utzschneider family. She obtained her first library card at the age of five and was still borrowing books from Shrewsbury Public Library this past year. (One of the reasons they bought the house on Prospect Street was because of its close proximity to the library.) Patricia was always reading. She completed the New York Times crossword puzzle every day, even up to this past year when her body began to fail her. Patricia was more than simply book-smart because she was gifted with an incredibly quick and sometimes acerbic wit. She could create jokes and puns out of thin air regardless of the situation, and she loved to talk and exchange ideas with people. She always had something interesting to say and was a thoughtful and empathetic listener.

Patricia had a deep, lifelong spiritual faith in God and the Roman Catholic Church. She was a parishioner of Saint Mary's Church in Shrewsbury for 60 years. Patricia, herself a product of Catholic schools, sent all of her children to either Saint Marys, Saint Johns, or Notre Dame Academy. If the family went away for a weekend trip skiing or on their boat, she would make sure they could get home in time for the Sunday evening masses at either Saint Ann's or Saint Rose of Lima. When Patricia and Rudy were away traveling together, she always tried to make sure they would be in a harbor or a town on Sundays where they could attend Mass.

Patricia knew and venerated her saints. Saint Patrick was her patron saint, so for her Saint Paddy's Day started with Mass before serving up green food to her green-costumed family in her green-decorated house. As part of a German tradition she adopted, Patricia would stay up late for many nights prior to December 5th, the feast of St. Nicholas, writing clever, detailed poems about each child, reflecting how the children behaved during the year. For years, friends would dress up as St. Nicholas, pay a visit to their house and read these detailed poems out loud to the children. Patricia would always write "Happy Saint Valentine's Day" on the cards she would write for friends and family every February 14th.

The most important part of Patricia's life was her 65 year marriage to her beloved Rudy. No couple has ever been in love with each other as much as Patricia and Rudy were in love with each other. They liked to joke about how their marriage was one ongoing honeymoon, and it is true. For the last 40 years, they spent almost all day, every day together, first when Rudy started his own medical practice in 1980 and Patricia became his office manager, and then when they shared retirement and cruised up and down the Atlantic seaboard on their boats Selchie and Selchie II (named by Patricia after a mythical Irish mermaid, because she could only take so much German), and then finally in