Feb. 17, 1938 – July 21, 2018
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in the St. Bonaventure University Chapel at 11 a.m. on Aug. 13 for Patricia E. “Patsy” Martine, a longtime Olean resident well known for her volunteer work and many friendships.
Mrs. Martine, who maintained a long connection with St. Bonaventure and the Olean community, died July 21 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie after a lengthy illness. She was 80.
A Philadelphia native who never lost her “Philly twang," her infectious laugh, or what her family called her “wicked sense of humor,” the former Patsy Breen was graduated from St. Hubert’s Catholic Girls High School and attended Manor College. She also attended classes at Penn State University and St. Bonaventure, where her husband, James, served as a longtime professor of English.
Her many acquaintances included author Robert Worth Frank, who acknowledged her as “one of the good women” in his book: “Chaucer and the Legend of Good Women.”
For many years, she worked as an administrative assistant in the trust department of Manufacturers Hanover Bank in Olean, and was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Olean. In recent years she relocated to Millbrook to be close to family, where she was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Mrs. Martine volunteered for many organizations, including St. Francis Hospital in Olean and the American Cancer Society, and enjoyed cooking, walking her dogs and feeding wild birds.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, James J.; a son, James J., a daughter, Andrea Gardner, and five grandchildren.