Beloved sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, of Winfield Park
Patricia Ann (Hannis) Klusewicz departed this life on April 8, 2018, following a seven-month battle with cancer. She was 61 years old.
Born on December 3, 1956, Patty was raised in Clark, the daughter of Clarence and Patricia Hannis, one of six siblings in a family filled with love, faith, and fun. She resided in Winfield Park for over 40 years, where she was an active member of the community.
At the center of Patty’s life was her Christian faith. She was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Clark for over three decades, later renamed Prayer and Praise Fellowship, where her husband Paul was the pastor for many years. Patty came from a musical family and loved singing in the church choir with her mother and siblings.
Patty’s entire life bore witness to the virtues of service, selflessness, and sacrifice. She devoted her career to caring for others, especially society’s most needy, vulnerable, and forgotten. She worked for many years for the ARC of Union County and spent the last several decades with Children’s Specialized Hospital, now First Children of Fanwood. She treasured the time she spent there with the children she cared for and the colleagues with whom she worked, especially Toni Santacroce and Dawn Wasserman.
In addition to the church, Patty’s greatest joy came from spending time with her family, especially her husband, children, and grandchildren. A loyal New York Mets fan, she will now watch games from the best seats in the house.
She leaves behind her husband and best friend Paul; her devoted children, Nicole, and her husband David; Paul Jr., and his partner Rich; and Rachel, and her husband Angelo; her wonderful siblings, Joanne, and her husband Lyndon; Nancy, and her husband Carl; Donald, and his wife Maria; Laurie, and her husband Gary; and Peggy; her sister-in-law Diane, and her husband Bill; her brother-in-law Stanley, and his wife Maureen; and her five grandchildren, John, Elisabeth, Clare, David Jr., and Cecilia. She was like a second daughter to her mother-in-law Muriel, who also survives her, along with numerous others, including nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Those she leaves behind are Patty’s legacy. They will miss her dearly and remember her always.
A Memorial Visitation will be at Krowicki Gorny Memorial Home, 211 Westfield Ave., Clark on Friday from 3-7PM with a service at 6:30PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Patty’s memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).