Pat married Vincent Henderson Callahan (a Kearny native) in 1952. Vin, who died in 1988, was a successful businessman. He relied on Pat for support, stability, and an ever-positive outlook on what became eight relocations (encompassing 10 house moves) required by his career with Crucible Steel. Pat was active in the Catholic Church, her anchor. In the last 30 years of her life, she was very active at St. Mary’s of the Lake, Skaneateles and Holy Cross in Vero Beach, Florida. She worked with many charitable associations, including Literacy Volunteers of Auburn, the Skaneateles Library Guild, Father Peter Major’s Sudan Project, and the Sneaker Project in Vero. For 15 years Pat cooked monthly meals for homeless men at Unity Kitchen, and regularly contributed to the ecumenical Skaneateles Food Shelf. Pat received her AA degree in early childhood education from Elizabethtown (KY) Community College in spring, 1972. After many years of persistence, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in contemporary studies from Empire State College/Cayuga County Community College. She was honored with the distinguished alumni award in 2013. Pat enjoyed cooking and entertaining, including the sing-along after Christmas Eve mass, and numerous summer gatherings. She doted on her four grandchildren (Emily, Cary, Nate and Sarah) and they loved her mightily in return. She enjoyed travel, winter in Vero Beach, winning at bridge, and golf.
In addition to the grandchildren, she is survived by her three children and their spouses: Linda Callahan and John Hughes of Spencerport, New York; David and Barbara Callahan of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Cindy Callahan and John Marshall of Rockville, Maryland. A private interment was held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Cemetery, Skaneateles, New York on Saturday, November 25. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, Pat and family suggest donations to: Literacy Volunteers of Auburn (http://www.voa.org), johndaufoundation.org, or the Community Foundation of Central New York (https://www.cnycf.org).
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