ROSELAND, NJ - The family of Patricia Ann Jones O'Rourke has announced that she passed away on
Monday at the age of 73. Her family and friends are deeply saddened by their loss and the community will mourn her absence.
Originally from Teaneck, Patricia was the third of six children born to Paul John Jones and Ann O'Leary.
"Paul was an accomplished yet humble engineer and
Always a gifted student throughout her education, Patricia graduated high school from the Academy of the Holy Angels and went on to graduate with honors from what is now Caldwell University.
After college, Patricia earned her two Masters Degrees; a Masters in English from Seattle University and a Masters in Education from Seton Hall University.
She spent over four decades teaching and impacting countless lives around her. Her educational background eventually positioned her for many years of teaching English and Composition to the upper grades at Trinity Academy in Caldwell.
"Patricia was fortunate enough to spend her life doing what she loved.
Infused by her fascination with the unknown and the untried, Patricia's talents and interests were numerous and multi-faceted.
"She rode horses, earned her pilot's license, traveled abroad, and always
Patricia's family related that her final struggles with cancer were not the first time she had faced a difficult medical condition:
"Even as a young child, she survived a terrible bout with rheumatic fever.
Patricia was pre-deceased by her sister, Kathy Jones McEntee, her brother, Paul Jones, Jr., her brother-in-law Robert O'Rourke, and her parents, Ann O'Leary Jones and Paul Jones.
The memorial arrangements for Patricia Ann Jones O'Rourke are as follows:
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Farmer Funeral Home of Roseland. Notes of sympathy to the family may be written online here.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Covenant House would be greatly appreciated.
According to her family, Patricia's favorite story remained The Little Prince by
Antoine de Saint-Exupery and she often quoted her favorite verse.
“Goodbye," said the fox.