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William "Bill" Linus Patnode, 74, of Peru, lost his brave fight after facing numerous health challenges on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at home with his loving wife and family by his side. He was born on April 5, 1943, in Churubusco, N.Y., the son of Linus and Lurilda (Damour) Patnode.
He graduated from Ellenburg Central School, Class of 1961. He attended Wadhams Hall Seminary where he received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. He received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Plattsburgh State University. Bill served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years and was very proud and supportive of the men and women serving in the armed services.
His career as a teacher began in 1965 at St. Mary's School, Clayton, N.Y. In 1966, he joined the staff of Dominion Sisters at St. Augustine's School in Peru as their first lay teacher. In 1967, he joined the staff at Champlain Central School as a Special Education teacher. In 1971, he returned to Peru and spent most of his 32 year teaching career at Peru Central School in the Special Education Department. This quote by Ewald B. Nyquist, expresses how he felt about education and how it should serve students. "Education should help people to be richer on the inside than they are on the outside and to live lives that will be sensitive, creative and humane."
He retired in 1998 after a meaningful and successful career as a teacher. He spent his retired years serving as a lay minister to those who were home bound. After completing the Formation for Ministry Program, offered by the Diocese of Ogdensburg, he instituted a Communion Service every week at Apple Valley Senior Housing and assisted with the Communion Service at Valehaven. His health prevented him from continuing with both Communion Services but he was able to continue at Apple Valley Senior Housing until December.
Bill was a member of St. Augustine's Church and was also a Third degree lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7273 and served as Treasurer for eight years. Within the church community, he taught CCD and RCIA, was a member of a bingo team, served on the St. Augustine's School Board and Parish Council, worked on Building Fund Committees and Bishop's Fund, and served as a Eucharistic Minister.
On Nov. 24, 1971, Bill married Linda Mary Gokey and raised two lovely daughters, of whom Bill loved deeply and was immensely proud. Bill dearly loved his three grandchildren and spent as much time as possible with them. He enjoyed going on walks with his grandchildren, playing with them, and sharing with them his love of bird watching, trains and coin collecting. His grandchildren can attest that he was always a teacher at heart. Bill enjoyed lunch and visits with his friends, flower gardening, the outdoors and camping, but his greatest love was his family.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda; two daughters and their families, Mary and Kenneth Langer of Maynard, Mass., and their daughter Amaya; Anna and Jeffrey Lester of Monkton, Vt., and their sons Andrew and Nathan; his brother, Robert Patnode and wife Barbara of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and their five children; a brother-in-law, Donald Decosse and wife Margie of Chateaugay, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Theresa Szypula and husband Thomas of Lady Lake, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jan Duus, the staff at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center and Hospice of the North Country for their dedication and the compassionate care given to Bill and the family.
Calling hours will be held 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 17, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, N.Y. There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at St. Augustine's Church in Peru with Rev. Alan D. Shnob officiating. Entombment will be held on a later date at Whispering Maples Memorial Garden in Ellenburg Depot, N.Y.
In accordance with Bill's wishes, memorial donations may be made to the William L. Patnode Endowment Fund, Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, 622 Washington St., PO Box 369, Ogdensburg, NY 13669 to assist seminarians with tuition in their studies for the priesthood. Donations may also be made to Hospice of the North Country.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Bill Patnode please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on July 15, 2017
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