September 19, 1925 ~ November 30, 2013
Patricia Honora O'Toole
September 19, 1925 - November 30, 2013
Resident of Fremont
Patricia Honora O'Toole, 'Auntie Pat' was born to Walter and Hazel Gorman September 19, 1925 in Oakland, CA. She passed away at Windsor Rehabilitation in Fremont, CA after a short illness on November 30, 2013.
Pat grew up in Emeryville under her father and brothers care, where she graduated from Emeryville High School. She sold War Bonds while attending school and was a nurse's aid during the war. After graduation she worked as an usherette and a waitress. One night her cousin asked her to go to a dance with her and there she met her future husband, George O'Toole. He asked her to dance and swept her off her feet. They married and moved to Oakland, during this time Auntie Pat worked as a waitress/hostess in some of the finer restaurants. Then in 1974 they retired and moved to Castro Valley and lived there until 2009. Then as illness and age progressed they moved to Aegis of Fremont, where they lived out their lives.
Their marriage was filled with music, love and adventure. Spending months in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Mexico basking in the sun on the beaches by day and dancing at night. They also loved Pine Grove Resort in Lake County and introduced all of their family to the wonder of it! They loved going to Hobergs and Forest Lake to dance and won multiple dance competitions. Auntie Pat was so stylish she had made a dress that looked like Marilyn Monroe's dress in 'Some Like It Hot' and put on her blonde wig and went out with Uncle George and a man walked up to her and offered to buy her a drink, she politely said, 'no thank you' then the man asked Uncle George if he could dance with her and he said no, funny thing was, not too many people told Joe DiMaggio no!
She was fashionable and wore a toe ring and lip liner before it was the thing to do. She was a seamstress, and a great cook known for her Irish stew, macaroni salad, angel food cake and Boston Baked Beans.
As children all of her nieces and nephews knew that they would be included in the evening fun with Shirley Temples or Roy Rogers and cheese and crackers before dinner. She was a listener and encouraged all of us and then she sent us home to our parents even when we said we wanted to stay longer.
Pat had 2 brothers Edward (Mick) and Walter (Bus) and 5 half sisters, Onnette, Betty, Junie, Ramona and Rhoda. She is survived by her brother-in-law Martin O'Toole and many nieces and nephews and friends who will cherish her memory and never forget the wonderful woman she was. Rest in Peace Aunt Pat and keep dancing! I love you little, I love you big, I love you little pig, oink, oink, oink.
Family and friends are invited to attend a 10:00 AM Funeral service on Friday, December 6th at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538. Burial will follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery.
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