Pattie, 61, passed away on March 29th. She is survived by her husband Michael, her children Nicholas, Samuel, and Katharine, her daughter in law Elena, her future grandson Clark, her father John, and her brothers Thomas, David, Daniel, and John. A memorial service is to be held at 3 PM on Saturday, April 6, at Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, 94538.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Patty will always be for me a lovely example of a caring daughter, wife, mother, teacher and friend. She gave so much to the children at Vallejo Mill and was always willing to share a story or lend an ear during our lunch time together. I will miss her. She has graced us all with her loving spirit.

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  2. As I can only imagine the sense of loss you feel, I know that you are comforted by the love that Patty always was so willing to share with everyone she met. That smile in her picture says
    so much. Patty loved life and all it had to offer and was so excited to share it with her family.
    Mike, you just don’t know (maybe you do!) how much she appreciated the homemade cards you made her for b’days, etc. Kate – she cherished all the “little” mother/daughter things.
    I am just thankful that I had the opportunity to work with Patty at Vallejo Mill and be able to call her my friend. I will miss her cheery smile but I know that she is leaving behind many loving memories for you as a family.

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  3. I feel very blessed to have had Pattie as my friend for over 30 years. We grew up in families of brothers and became sisters the night we met. The love she had for others, knew no bounds, but it was the love she had for her family that put the smile on her lovely face. She actually drew a crowd during “girls weekend” when she brought out a photo album from her purse, in a bar, when talking about her family. It is endearing moments like this, that I will remember about her forever. Mike, Nick, Sam & Kate, I love you all. Julie

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  4. I am truly saddened to hear that Pattie – my colleague, my friend has left us. She always had a smile and such optimism and the kids loved her for it. She was caring and always there. Always shared out her ups and down and was also always willing to hear mine. She loved to talk about her family – how proud she was of her daughter, how uber happy she was when her son sent her that special thoughtful gift, how she would always make time to visit her father to have lunch with him, and about the trips that she loved to take with her husband. I never had the chance to meet all of you, but I know so much about you. I am going to miss her!

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  5. I am truely blessed to have known such a wonderful woman. The stories we shared and her beautiful smile was part of my lunch time ritual. Patty loved her family very much. She beamed over stories about all of her children, her soon to be grandson, and her husband. I feel as though I knew the family through her heart felt stories. Patty shared so many of the same qaulities as my own mother that Patty became like a second mother to me. Making me soup when I got sick and giving me motherly advice about my own two children. I will miss Patty greatly.

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  6. We are so blessed to have known you and had you as part of our family. You have been a wonderful mother in law to Elena and mother to your children. Nick loved the homemade cookies and other goodies you would sent to him and Elena. I know how excited to you were to be having your first grandchild and how excited we all were when we found out it was going to be a boy. I was so looking forward to you coming to Atlanta for Clark’s birth. I wanted to spend time with you with us both loving little Clark and maybe going out shopping together to get little clothes and other fun things for him. He will still know you through the wonderful stories and pictures of you that we will all share with him. You are his special Grandma Guardian Angel now. You are already missed so much. I know you are sending your love and smiling down on your beautiful family now. May they continue to feel your loving spirit and smile shimmering around them. Sending prayers and love to the Baird family.

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  7. My gosh. Pattie and I have worked at our elementary school together for 9 years. She will be very much missed. Pattie was very easy to be with and cared for everyone. She brought soup to those that needed it (homemade of course) and always talked of her family Mike, Sam, Nick, Kate and Elena and future grandbaby. Pattie spoke fondly of the homemade gifts that her family would exchange for one another. She loved her Kirby baby and my cat was sick at the same time as Kirby and my cat passed some months after Kirby. She loved hiking and camping with the car camper and seemed to be in good health, so this comes as such a great shock. My deepest condolences to the Baird family and blessings to Pattie’s dad. See you Saturday.

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  8. I was very sorry to hear about Patti. I got to know her briefly during my second year at Vallejo Mill. She was cheerful, friendly, and caring. She would always tell me stories about her family. She was very proud of her children and husband. She will be greatly missed.

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  9. I just learned of Pattie’s passing only hours ago. I feel deep sadness right now. It was only days ago I had just spoken to her, sharing a quick story between us about our children and a recent accomplishment. As I took a deep breath, I took a moment to recall my fond memories of our working together: comparing pictures on our cell phones during lunch in the staff room; chatting about a weekend adventure while waiting our turn in the copy room; and catching up on progress reports “on-the-fly” as we passed each other between class periods. I am thankful that I had a chance to meet her husband, Mike, whom Pattie simply adored. My heart goes out to all of those whose hearts she touched with her intelligence, wisdom, thoughtfulness, and compassion, as she did mine. This is how I will always remember her.

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  10. Rita Zimmerman
    I am sadden by the loss of Pattie. She was known as my “copy buddy” because we were always in the copy room together during lunch. She never had a key and I always opened the door for her. There she would tell me stories about her children and her dad’s visits. I will always remember her beautiful smile and her caring attitude with all the Vallejo Mill students. Also, I feel that I know the family so well, she loved you all so very much and was so proud of her three children. My prayers are with you and the family.

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  11. I only knew Pattie for the first two years of high school until her family moved from Skokie, Illinois to Minnesota. In those two years we became great friends and had lots of fun and could laugh together until we cried.
    My heart goes out to Pattie’s children, husband, brothers, her dad and all her friends who I am sure will love her and miss her forever!!
    Love and prayers to you all,
    Annette Heinz Rafferty

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  12. I am so sad to hear Pattie is not with us anymore. She was a motherly figure to so many of us, making sure we were well. It’s true, she always talked about her family and how happy she was with her husband. I looked up to her and wanted to end up fortunate like her in regards to her wonderful relationship with her children and husband. My condolences to the family… I will miss her.

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  13. I am sorry to hear of the passing of Pattie. I enjoyed working with Pattie at Vallejo Mill. She was a friendly and loving person to work with. Always there listening and talking with everyone. She adored her family and found joy in sharing about them. She was always caring and asking about my family especially my daughter. Sharing stories about her kids that related to what my daughter was doing at that time. I remember celebrating a St. Patricks Day at the spinner yarn with her and a few coworkers. I will always remember her beautiful smile and her caring demeanor. She will be deeply missed at Vallejo Mill.

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  14. Pattie and I worked together as “9-10 Coordinators” for the Mission Valley Barracudas. We had so much fun working with the young swimmers. And I think the thing that really shines through with Pattie is that whatever she did, her love of the kids, and people in general, motivated her. She was helpful, kind, thinking of others. Sometimes Pattie could get really rattled when things went crazy on the morning of a meet, but this never deterred her commitment. She was lovely down deep and I will never forget this about her.

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  15. I worked with Pattie last year at Vellejo Mill when I was a counselor there, she was like a mom to me at that school. She was always looking out for me, I will truly miss her. My condolences to her entire family.

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  16. Pattie’s kind, caring nature shone through each time we crossed paths at Vallejo Mill. Last year she supported my son with bottomless patience and warmth in the classroom, and she gave wonderful, loving encouragement to me as a parent as well. She will be missed, but her kindness undoubtedly left an imprint on many. Sending my sincere condolences to her family and dear friends.

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  17. Grandmother Baird always said that our memories are coins
    that we keep in the purse that is our hearts and we can spend those coins to
    relive a joyful moment when we are feeling blue. Our memories are the only treasure we carry
    with us when it is our turn, and our name is called from above. – She passed
    last October. When you call my name, know
    that I will hear you. She was 101.

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