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WESTERLY- Patricia (Rafferty) DeWolf, 79, of Westerly, RI, wife of Frederick DeWolf, passed away peacefully on March 13th in Westerly, RI after a courageous battle with Leukemia.
Patricia “Trish” was born and raised in Putnam, CT, a longtime resident of Brooklyn, CT, she retired to her favorite oasis, her childhood beach house in Westerly, RI, to be near the ocean. She is predeceased by her parents William James Francis, Faith Elizabeth (Decker) and her former husband Paul Joseph DeSimone, her brother William James Francis Rafferty and his late wives Brenda and Carol.
In addition to her husband of 24 years, Frederick DeWolf, Trish is survived by her two daughters Andrea DeSimone-Rafferty her husband Enrique Miras-Alonso, and their two sons Pablo and Rubén of West Hartford, CT, and Julia DeSimone, her Fiancé Thomas Meigs, and their children Anson, Alex, Sarah and Matt of Portland, CT.
She graduated from Putnam High School followed by Colby Junior College then received her B.S. from The University of Connecticut, in ’58. After graduation she began her teaching career in East Lyme, CT. She then taught P.E. at Girls High, Roxbury, MA and Mount Ida Junior College.
She married and started her family in Brooklyn, CT. When her daughters became school age, she resumed her career as a P.E. and Health teacher at Brooklyn Junior High School while completing her M.S. at UCONN. She continued teaching at Brooklyn Jr. High for over two decades.
As a female college athlete, coach, educator and a League of Women Voters President, she constantly championed the importance of young women to be heard whether by participating in sports, registering their right to vote or furthering their education. She believed in enhancing confidence and leadership abilities and advocated for her students, players and daughters.
Trish loved flowers, gardening, bird watching, doing puzzles, fishing, swimming and camping at “The Breachway”. She was a lifelong Red Sox and Patriots fan and rarely missed a game. Her Sunday crossword puzzle was sacred. She was a voracious reader, and she cherished her weekly outing to play bridge. She found great joy in playing the piano, singing, and dancing. Holidays at her house were filled with family and friends playing the guitars, tambourines with music and dance filling the air.
Trish was a devout Christian and a beloved member of St Clare’s Church where she proudly served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass in her honor at St. Clare’s Church in Westerly, RI on Sat. March 24th at 11:00.
In lieu of flowers…please send your donation in her name to her favorite charity: RI Meals on Wheels: http://www.rimeals.org ph:(401) 351-6700
For online condolences please visit www.rushlowiacoifuneralhome.com