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Patricia R. Littleton

August 31, 2014


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Patricia R. Littleton,  65, of Cedarwood Drive, Laflin, passed away Sunday morning, August 31, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at home.

On a crisp fall day, October 15, 1948, a beautiful baby girl was born to the late Rita McHugh Allman and Edward L. Allman in Scranton,  PA.  They named her Patricia after her aunt, Patricia Keller.

Pat’s childhood was spent moving quite a bit.  She lived in Bedford, Indiana, York, Laflin
and Larksville, PA.  Her parents settled in a new development called Fireside Terrace in York, PA where her dad was a safety engineer for Borg Warner.  At the age of ten, Pat’s father passed away from a medical procedure and she and her mom moved back to the valley and lived with her Aunt Peg and Uncle Gene Sarf on Route 315 in Laflin.  Pat made many lifelong friends attending the grade school on Tompkins St.  Their next move was to Larksville where Pat’s grandparents lived.  Pat attended the State Street School and Larksville High School.  Her last move was to Schuyler Ave in Kingston where Pat attended West Side Central Catholic High School and graduated in 1966.  Pat was a majorette for the Queensmen.

Pat decided to further her education at College Misericordia where she double majored in elementary education and special education.  While attending Misericordia, Pat worked at the Boston Store and made many friends there as well.  On the weekends she could be seen at the local dances; Rocky Glen, San Souci, Hansons or the Kings and Misericordia mixers.  Pat never stopped dancing and she and her husband, Bill, were regulars at the Irem Temple Country Club while dancing to Eddie Day and Joe Nardone.
The last dance they attended, Pat was on 6 liters of oxygen and needed an oxygen tank to breathe and dance, but she gave it her all!

Pat began her teaching career in September of 1970 at the Durkee Street Elementary School in Forty Fort.  She stayed there until the Agnes Flood in 1972.  Pat was moved to her old grade school on
State St in Larksville where she taught until their first child was born in 1974.  Pat resumed her teaching career
after their youngest daughter started school.  Pat substituted for the LIU 18 for several years before being given a contract to teach special education for Wilkes-Barre Area at the new Heights Murray Elementary
school.  Pat finished her 35 year teaching career in 2007 and became a stay at home mom once again.

Pat met her husband, Bill, the same year she started teaching.  They were introduced to a lifelong
friend of Bill’s and a fellow teacher of Pat’s, Laurie Gover.  Pat and Bill were married on Thanksgiving day
1971 in a 27 inch snowstorm in St. Ignatius Church in Kingston.  Six months later the Agnes Flood struck the
valley and Pat and Bill moved to Pat’s Aunt Peg and Uncle Gene Sarf’s in Laflin.  After helping all of their
relatives clean up, they built their home in Laflin, where they still reside today after 40 years.

Pat was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Wilkes-Barre Area Teachers’ Women’s’ Club and PSERS.  She was also a member of St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, and the Mahjong Maidens.  Pat especially loved to spend time with her family on all holidays and made them very special.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Edward L. Allman and Rita C. Allman, father-in-law, William J. Littleton Sr., aunts and uncles; Eugene and Margaret Sarf, William and Jean Kelly, Andrew and Anastasia Bucikowski, Claude and Patricia Keller, John McHugh, brother-in-laws, Robert  Booth and Robert Little.

Pat is survived by the loves of her life, husband William J. Littleton Jr., daughters, Maureen Blake, Kathleen Maffei and husband Eugene M. Maffei, grandsons, Kristopher E. Littleton, Julian M. and Ryan J Maffei, all from Laflin.  Mother-in-law, Shirley Littleton,  Forty Fort.  Godchild, Meghan A. Duffey, Virginia and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and their spouses, whom she loved dearly.  Last but not least, her puppy, Bella and her grand puppies, Samson and Aspen, who will miss her greatly.

Pat was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in May 2008 and a double lung transplant recipient on September 25, 2012.  After multiple setbacks the doctors found a virus in her brain that would ultimately end her life after a hard fought battle for six months.  Pat was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and conducted herself with grace and dignity.  She will be remembered as an exceptional wife, Mommy, Nana, friend and educator.  Notre Dame has lost one of their biggest fans.  One of Pat’s last requests was for
the people attending her wake and funeral was to wear colorful clothing and to come happy, leave happy and to not mourn her passing, but celebrate her life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Friday, September 5, 2014 at St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive Laflin, PA with Father Michael Kerwin officiating.  The Parish Rosary Group will recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary in the Church 30 minutes before the Funeral Mass. All are invited to attend.     Friends may call 5-8 pm, Thursday evening at St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin.  Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund in Patricia’s name has been established at College Misericordia.
All donations may be sent to WBEE Federal Credit Union at WBEE FCU, PO BOX 1194, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703.