Patricia Ann ‘Patsy’ Kern died Saturday, June 2, after a brief battle with cancer, at home in Naples, Florida, with the love of her life, Fred, by her side. Patsy was born on March 21, 1937 to Clifford Morgan Stretmater and Ann Ryan Stretmater in Washington, DC.
Patsy spent her early years in the Silver Spring and Tacoma Park MD. area and attended The Academy of Holy Names where she met and maintained several life-long friendships. She met her husband at the University of Maryland. She graduated from Ladycliff College in Highland Falls, NY years later with her five children, her mother, and her husband, a football coach at Army at West Point, by her side. The family moved several times with Fred's coaching and career changes and Patsy took great pleasure in decorating and painting the interiors of every home. She was a talented seamstress and would make custom draperies and bedding for the homes. She also enjoyed making clothing for her children, and she crafted several matching special occasion ensembles for the entire family. She really enjoyed the summers they spent in Cape May, NJ.
Patsy was an avid golfer and won several club championships in Maryland. She loved doing crosswords, sudoku, and jigsaw puzzles and any kind of game of which Rummikub was her favorite. Patsy was still playing games and golf until the end of her life.
During her time in Bel Air, Patsy played a significant role in the planning and organization the Highlands School's library. She was the recipient of the Highlands Award in 2008 for her extraordinary dedication and commitment to the children of the Highlands School.
Patsy was a great friend to everyone she met. She was fun, creative, had boundless energy, and a great sense of humor. She will be dearly missed.
Patsy is survived by her husband Fred of 60 years, her brother Clifford Stretmater (Carol) of Clarksville, MD, sister Nancy Anderson (Bob) of Warrenton, VA, 2 sisters in law, Betty Kern and Madeline Kern of Abingdon, MD, her five children; son Frederick G. Kern (Sandi) of Wasington, PA, daughters Kathy Halstead (Jerry) and Joanne Davis of Carterville , IL, Mary Pat Shortt of Towson, MD, Susan Rivadeneyra (Pedro) of San Fransisco, CA, 14 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services are being scheduled for Carterville, IL, Naples, FL., and Baltimore, MD. in the upcoming months.