Obituary of Patricia Anne Nafz
On Saturday April 4, 2020, Patricia A Nafz(“Pat”), devoted wife, sister, aunt, and loyal friend left us for her next big adventure. Pat was born June 28, 1963, one of seven children belonging to Victor and Gail (Werenskjold) Nafz. Pat spent her childhood and teenage years growing up in Yonkers, New York. It was during these formidable years that she formed a love and devotion for the Girl Scouts which, in turn, developed into a zest for life, adventure, and a need to serve others. In 1984, Pat enlisted in the U.S. Army in order to serve her country. She was an Army Specialist 4th Class from 1984 to 1990. She was stationed inGermanyfor four years followed by two years as an active reservist. After honorably discharging from the Army, Pat turned her attention to serving troubled youth working for Cardinal McCloskey Schools and Family Services for ten years. In 1998, Pat joined Camp Venture Inc. where she held several roleseventuallymanaging Venture Inn, a housing community serving developmentally disabled seniors. It was at Camp Venture that Pat met the love of her life, Cathy. Always driven by her need to serve others, Pat received her associate degree in Nursing from Rockland Community College in 2005 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from SUNY New Paltz in 2011. In 2006 she joined the amazing staff at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York where she was a cardiac care nurseandan emergency room nurse. In 2014, Pat was awarded “Emergency Nurse of the Year”for her exemplary work. She remained at White Plains Hospital until her retirement this past February.
Pat is survived by her love and wife of twenty-one years, Cathy, her parents, Victor and Gail Nafz. Brothers Al (Kate), Chris (Lisa), David, Scott (Margaret), James, and sister Karen (Joe) Ibanez, sisters-in-law Agnes Moore and Karen Piscitelli, nieces and nephews Josh and Kasey Ibanez, Emma and Elizabeth Nafz, Christopher and Emily Moore, Vicky Nafz, John Nafz, and Deidre Nafz.
Pat’s passion for helping others was equally matched with her sense of activism and adventure. She was passionate about her desire to legally marry and lobbied for this right traveling to Albany to demonstrate for marriage equality. She was a fierce supporter of Black Lives Matter and was the first to organize her posse of friends to join the women’s march in January 2017. Pat loved the beach, camping, skiing, cycling, boating, traveling, and exploring. She particularly loved her annual family outing in Ocean City, N.J. spending time with her nieces and nephew whom she cherished. She spoke often of her trips with Cathy to Greece, the Galapagos, and hunting for the Northern Lights in Iceland. There were many, many more adventures with her family and numerous friends. To say Pat lived life to the fullest is an understatement. She embraced life, the good and the bad, as a sacred journeylovingly shared with Cathy. She left us too soon and our hearts are broken. Butshe left us with much including some simple life lessons; “Don’t sit around waiting for tomorrow. Get out and do something”; “Know the difference between something you need and something you want”; “Make sure the person you are on the outside matches the person on the inside”; and, most importantly, “Live your life with no regrets.”
It was Pat’s wish that family and friends remember her by donating to the Pinky Swear Foundation (www.pinkyswear.org) and/or Doggie Chalet (www.thedoggiechalet.com)
We will announce a celebration of Pat’s life in the coming months.