Patricia Shenandoah

Obituary of Patricia Addie Shenandoah

June 9, 2023 - It is with profound sadness that we announce that our mother, Patricia Addie Shenandoah has left us and moved onto her next great adventure. She fought like hell for the past six months, she had high hopes of winning the battle but, in the end, Cancer won. It is the first fight she ever lost. Mom grew up in Nedrow, attended Onondaga Central Schools and married young. Although the marriage ended in divorce, they were blessed with five daughters. She spent most of her younger years raising her girls. As we grew older she took jobs at Fay’s Drugs, Wausau Insurance, Turning Stone and eventually retired from the City of Syracuse/Syracuse Hancock Airport where she worked in property/runway maintenance. Our mother was a proud, strong, independent, Akwasasne Mohawk woman, fiercely loyal to her friends and family. She enjoyed making her house a home with various projects, NUMEROUS coats of paint and LOTS of wallpaper. Her favorite pastimes were trips to the casino (where she was greeted by name, of course), practicing the fine art of scratching lottery tickets or sitting on her porch drinking coffee with her family and Peggy Durant. She also loved a good NASCAR race, an action packed lacrosse game and Patrick Mahomes (My Ma-Homey). Whether you knew her as Mom, Grandma, Patricia, Pat, Aunt Pat or by her nickname, “JugHead” you will undoubtedly have a great memory filled with laughter and probably a touch of mischief if you were a member of “MRR”. We have many memories and stories which we will cherish forever. We will be forever proud that we were able to keep our mother at home and care for her in the place she loved the most and that we were with her as she slipped into the hands of her God. We are especially thankful for Heather Congdon who provided the highest level of care and compassion for her beloved grandma. Predeceased by her parents, Benjamin and Josephine Shenandoah, brother, Robert Shenandoah (late Dodie), sister & very best friend, Adele Burdick (late Doug) and her Godson, Timothy Kocher. Left to cherish Mom’s memory are: Siblings - Carolyn Kocher (late Bill), Lorraine Shenandoah, Albert Jake Shenandoah (Jean). Daughters - Christine Kane (Jerry), Patsy McElhannon (Jamie), Peggy Haumann, Kimberly Haumann (Joe) and Karrie Haumann (Wewoka). Grandchildren: Heather Congdon, Brandon Decaire, Colleen (Nick), Kelsey and Jack Kane, Kayla Geariety (Craig), Jakob & Zachary (Morgan) O’Donnell. Great-Grandchildren: Penelope Congdon, Phoenix Ferlenda and Tatum Geariety. Mom also leaves behind her cherished cousins, nieces, nephews, special friend, Vernon O’Donnell and Valerie Brandt & her family, all of whom had a special place in her heart. The family would like to thank everyone involved in her treatment including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hematology/Oncology Associates, Strong Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Central New York. In addition, a GIANT thank you to everyone that took the time to mail cards, sent flowers and prayers, they really lifted her spirits! Memorial donations can be made to Kateri Tekakwitha Memorial ℅ St. Lucy’s Church 432 Gifford Street, Syracuse, NY 13204

Calling hours will be held from 3PM to 6PM on Thursday, June 15. at Ballweg and Lunsford Funeral Home, 2584 Field Lane LaFayette, NY 13084

A memorial Mass will be held Friday, June 16 at 11:30 AM at Our Lady of Hope Church Salina St. in Syracuse.

Burial will follow in Onondaga Valley Cemetery.

There will be a luncheon following the burial at the Valley American Legion where all are welcome.

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Calling Hours

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 15, 2023
Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home - LaFayette
2584 Field Lane
LaFayette, New York, United States


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Friday, June 16, 2023
Onondaga Valley Cemetery
2200 Valley Drive
Syracuse, New York, United States

Memorial Mass

11:30 pm - 12:30 pm
Friday, June 16, 2023
Our Lady of Hope at St. James Church
S. Salina St.
Syracuse, New York, United States
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