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Marilyn L. Patterson

January 18, 1935 ~ September 22, 2021 (age 86)

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Marilyn L. Patterson, 86, of the Town of Oppenheim, St. Johnsville, New York, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, September 22, 2021 at St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center where she had been a beloved and well cared for resident since 2018 and was in the comfort of her compassionate caregivers and family during her transition.

She was born on January 18, 1935 in Harmony, Maine and was the daughter of the late, Lyman and LuLaBelle (Leighton) Wentworth. Marilyn was educated at Harmony High School in Maine and received her high school diploma.

On December 25, 1959, Marilyn was united in marriage to Daniel E. Patterson at her parent's home in Herkimer, New York. The couple shared a devoted marriage of 59 years where they raised their daughter, Kimberley in a loving home. Mr. Patterson passed away on July 19, 2018.

Marilyn was employed at multiple locations throughout the valley and was lastly employed by McCalister of New Jersey.  During this time, Marilyn served as a bookkeeper and Daniel's Co-Pilot, along with their much-loved dog, on many of his moving trips.

She enjoyed residing on her and Daniel's hobby farm, Harley riding, and gardening. She had a special affection for animals, always one to rescue, foster, and nurture her friends in need at the farm. Marilyn was the best grandmother to her two granddaughters, Crystal and Lynne for whom she shared a special bond with.  She will be remembered as a loving person who had a spunk for life. A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, Marilyn will be deeply missed by all.

Marilyn is survived by her beloved, dedicated and devoted daughter, Kimberley L. Patterson and Robert Bertholde of Oppenheim, NY; two granddaughters, Crystal BertholdeWichman of Oppenheim, NY and Lynne Bertholde Licari and her husband, Nicholas of Little Falls, NY; four great grandchildren, Clara and Landon Wichman and Josephine and Rosalie Licari; one brother in law and sister in law, Harold (Joe) Patterson and his wife, Carol of Oppenheim, NY; and many much loved nieces, nephews, and friends.  She was especially grateful for the company of lifelong friend, Esther Capece. 

She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and siblings, Loise Chaburne, Ernie Wentworth, Ella Southall, Roberta Bernoit, Arlene McCaw, Lawrence Wentworth and their spouses; her sister in law and brothers in law, Elizabeth Hoyer, Jimmy Patterson, Edward Patterson, Herbert Patterson, and Richard Patterson and their spouses. 

In keeping with Marilyn's wishes, there will be no formal funeral services. The family is being cared for by Miller-PlonkaFuneral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York 13329.  

Marilyn's family would like to thank all of the staff and St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for the extremely professional, dedicated, compassionate, and supportive care they gave to Marilyn and her family during her stay.  

In an effort to continue supporting Marilyn’s love for animals, please consider memorial contributions for:

Avian Experience / Sarah’s Birds of Prey

159 Allen Rd. 

St. Johnsville, NY 13452


HALO – Helping Animals Live Organization  

615 Albany St. 

Little Falls, NY 13365

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