Patricia Pantera, 70

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Patricia Pantera
Patricia Pantera

Patricia “Pat” Ann (Carr) Pantera, 70, of Bellingham died peacefully on Sept. 8 at her home after battling leukemia. It would be wrong to say that Pat lost her battle because she never stopped fighting. No matter how sick she was, she was always determined.

She is survived by her husband, her three children and 11 grandchildren, who meant everything to her. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Matthew J. Pantera since 1971.

Born in Buffalo, New York, on July 23, 1950, Pat was the daughter of the late William and Marie Carr and daughter-in-law of the late Dr. Matthew and Margaret Pantera of Buffalo.
Pat had lived in Sturbridge before moving to Bellingham in 2019.

She had been a registered nurse who worked her whole career as a maternity nurse at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and devoted her life to helping others.

In addition to her husband, Pat is survived by daughter Mary Vitelli and her husband, Joe, and their children, Tobin, Emma, Jocelyn and Brianna of Milford; son Matthew Pantera and his wife, Candice, and their sons, Samuel, Benjamin, Nathaniel and Jack of Hopkinton; and son John Pantera and his wife, Allison, and their children, Julia, Maria and Robert of East Longmeadow.

She also is survived by her eight siblings, Kathleen Comber and her husband, Kevin; Tom Carr and his wife, Louise; Mary Boryszak and her husband, Marty; Rose Clymer and her husband, Paul; Joan Renkas and her husband, Pete; John Carr and his wife, Darcy; Margaret McDermott; and William Carr and his wife, Renuka.

She was the sister-in-law to Michael and Sharon Pantera, Martha and Tom Calabrese, Meg and Len Petit, Mary and Dominic Aloisio, and Margie Pantera. She also is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 14 in St. Mary’s Church in Franklin. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Services were under the care of the Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin. To view Pat’s funeral Mass visit stmarysfranklin.org.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215.

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