Patricia “Pat” I. (Benevento) Riley, 69, of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away on Monday, April 30, 2012 at home surrounded by her loving family.Born in Paterson, NJ, she was a lifetime resident of Fair Lawn.An avid golfer, she was a member of the High Mountain Golf Club in Franklin Lakes as well as the Ladies Auxiliary of the club.Pat was a parishioner of St. Anne R.C. Church in Fair Lawn.An advocate of human concerns, she was a volunteer with The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and will be remembered by many for her caring nature.
Prior to retiring in 2003, she was an administrative assistant with Rouse, Inc. in Paramus for twenty-five years.
Beloved wife of Jack Andrew Riley, Sr.Loving and devoted mother of Cindy Davin and husband Marty, Jack Riley, Jr. and wife Denise and Eileen Baumann and husband Keith.Cherished grandmother of Kelly Myers and husband Dion, Megan, Shannon, Tyler, Carley, Jake, Zack and Parker.Adored great grandmother of Dakota and Kylie.Dear sister of Joan Smith.
A funeral mass is planned for Friday, May 4, 2012, 10:30 AM at St. Anne R.C. Church, 15-05 St. Anne Street, Fair Lawn, NJ.Cremation will be private.The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ, 201-797-3500.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Pat may be made to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605, www.lls.org or Be The Match, 3001 Broadway Street, N.E., Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413-1753, www.BeTheMatch.org.
Jack and Family, Oh how saddened I am to learn of Pat's death. She fought a gallant fight and was so courageous. I can't say the enough words that will help you but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Tom and Barbara
Gwen Petitjean Bartok
You are all in our prayers. Pat was such a sweet and kind person. I knew Pat from Roosevelt School and on. I remember the family home on Hopper Avenue, next door to Rita Gustenhoven. I know that Pat is watching out for us from Heaven because that is the way she is.
The Davina Family
Please know that we were all saddened to learn about Pat. She was a breath of sunshine. Our prayer is that each one of you will see the gifts she has left behind for you to carry on and keep her love going. You know she will be watching and waiting for each of you.
Norma Mendez Schmocker
Deepest sympathy to the family. She always appreciated the prayers
which were sent to her. May she rest in peace. FLHS 1960
To Pat's family,
I share your grief on Patty's passing. You may not know me. Tom Cannito is my name. Patty and many of her classmates refer to me as 'Mr C' I have not seen her since 1953-54 at which time she was in my sixth grade class. I still see Patty as a sixth grader and I am sure she envisioned me as I am. Over the past couple of years we reconnected and commuicated through Emails. Patty always had the amazing facility to see the bright side when everyone else was moaning. She had an infectious smile when she was one of my 'Cannito Kids'. and I could detect the same attitude when she explained what she was experiencing. Patty knew that she was in my prayers. She even tried to cheer me up when I told her that I was non-ambulatory and could only get around on my Jazzy motorized chair.
I know Patty is looking down from her place in Heaven as she tells all of us with a smile....don't worry everything will be wonderful.
Marty and Cindy Kerns
Aunt Pat was the most loving, warm person in the world and our hearts are breaking for everyone who loved her.
Dear Mr. Riley, Cyndy, Jack, Eileen and families, I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a great lady in every way, and a dear friend to my parents and to our family. You are all in my heart and prayers today. Love, Jean
I will sadly miss you. We had so much fun, when we were little.
Carol Mainieri Rost
So sorry to hear of Pat's passing. She had such a positive outlook and I appreciated her encouraging words when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Deepest sympathy.
Carol Mainieri Rost, FLHS Class of 1960
you will be sadly missed by all.
Carole Perry (Storms)
To Pat's family I send my deepest sympathy...she was a good friend through our school years starting in Roosevelt School.