It is with great sorrow that we report our amazing wife, mother and grandmother Patricia Ann (Crane) Fitzmaurice passed away peacefully in her sleep Thursday (Nov. 2, 2017), surrounded by her husband and family at her home in Painted Post, N.Y. She had been heroically battling cancer for the better part of 12 years.
Patricia was born to Ceylon and Ida Crane in Carthage, N.Y., on July 11, 1943.
She spent her entire life in service to her God, family and community. She was a registered nurse for 40 years, using her skills to work with all levels of care from birth to institutional nursing of the developmentally disabled to hospice.
Patricia gave her time and talents by volunteering in the Girl Scouts of America, was a catechist for St. Casimir’s parish in Elmira, N.Y., and an active member in her church. In the last 12 years Patricia devoted much of her time in missionary work overseas with her son, the Rev. Father Daniel J. Wilder and her husband, Robert Fitzmaurice, where she used her nursing skills to minister to others in service of the Lord.
She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Fitzmaurice of Minonk, her children and grandchildren: Mary Beth Wilder of Corning, N.Y., and her children, Brooke, Jared, Megan, Katherine; Michele Wilder Eastman of Pine City, N.Y. and her spouse, Mark, and their children, Gregory, Isabel, Sarah, Peter; Julie Wilder Brown of Cazenovia, N.Y., her spouse, Scott, and their children, James, Justin, Christina, Jon, Liliana, Elizabeth; Lynda Wilder Kollhoff of Painted Post, N.Y., and her children, McKenna, Kayla, Faith, Gabriel; David Wilder of Auburn, N.Y., and his spouse, Terri, and their children, Hannah, Stephen, Monica, Grace, Moustapha; and Father Daniel Wilder of the Diocese of Orange, Calif.; and her seven great-grandchildren, Keagan, Cadence, Gavin, Dominik, Colton, Ira and Shepherd.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St., Elmira, N.Y. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Casimir’s Church, 1004 Davis St., Elmira, with her son Father Daniel Wilder, presiding. Interment, with committal prayers, will follow at St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.