Patricia Ann Jorgensen of Clifton Springs, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Feb. 22, 2017 in Stuart, Florida, her winter home, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Patty was born on Feb. 1, 1940, in Clifton Springs to Marion Fox and Charles Wells. She attended Brighton High School in Brighton and continued on to Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Maine. After graduation, she began a retail career which spanned nearly 30 years at McCurdy & Co. in Rochester.
Upon retirement, she and her husband, Tom, made their home in Lake Placid for almost 10 years, where she sought out any and all opportunities to serve the local community. She spent countless hours at the Olympic Arena managing hundreds of volunteers for the Skating Club of Lake Placid and ORDA events and was responsible for the Lake Placid Project Backpack program, as well as spending many an hour in her kitchen mixing up a wide assortment of her delicious baked goods for a variety of deserving causes and people.
Patty also found the time to be an exceptional seamstress, an impeccable decorator, a talented homemaker, and a thoughtful friend. Although she never expected or looked for any recognition for her labors of love, she was named Lake Placid's 2010 Volunteer of the Year. Of all of her volunteer endeavors, however, the one nearest and dearest to her heart was a community lunch program that she recognized the need for, and tirelessly took on the task of establishing at the Adirondack Community Church. Their first lunch on Sept. 7, 2011 was served to just five fortunate people, but on the Wednesday of her death, a team of wonderful volunteers, many of whom had been there for that very first lunch five years earlier, served a warm homemade meal to 80 people.
Patty is survived by the love of her life and devoted husband of 55 years, Thomas Fredrick Jorgensen; her daughter Susan and husband Robert Yokabaskas of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; her son Thomas and wife Kim of Skaneateles; and her five beloved grandchildren: Lauren, Robert, James, Michael, and Erik.
Patty will be terribly missed by her family and so many dear friends but her legacy of unhesitating kindness and generosity toward others and an unwavering positive spirit in the midst of adversity will never be forgotten. She has always been, and will now forevermore be, the wind beneath our wings.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please send memorial donations in her honor to the North Elba-Lake Placid Community Lunch Program, c/o Adirondack Community Church, P.O. Box 511, Lake Placid, NY, 12946.
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