OBITUARY

Patricia Elaine Zaleha

July 26, 1958March 4, 2018
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Patricia Elaine “Pat” Zaleha, loving wife of Rick Cornell, passed away March 4, 2018 at her home in Cary, North Carolina after a brief battle with cancer. 59 years old, she was born in Sarahsville, Ohio, the daughter of Andy and Lela Mae Zaleha.

Pat grew up in Sarahsville and was valedictorian in her graduating class in 1976. While at school she played in the band, was a cheer leader played several sports and starred in her senior play as Anne Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker”. Upon graduation she began a full life that presented her with opportunities to travel to various destinations worldwide. Pat also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and spent her career in that discipline.

Pat and Rick met while working at American Express’ Phoenix, Arizona office in 1994. A strong friendship preceded 20 years of a loving marriage. They spent the majority of the time together enjoying each other’s company and mutual interests. She had a passion for dancing and was a member of the Cary Cross Trailers Square and Round Dance club. Pat enjoyed the outdoors and for many years cultivated and maintained her own backyard vegetable garden. While at the lake house in western New York where they planned to spend their retirement years, Pat was often seen riding her bike and going on casual strolls along the lake with Rick. That home was a pride and joy of theirs, having worked together closely to design and monitor its construction themselves where Pat could be seen rocking gently on the front porch watching the sunset. She enjoyed their many weekend outings and vacations, concerts in the park and hitting local spots of interest at some of her “I want to” destinations.

Pat was a wonderful wife, sister, step mother and helper, with a sense of humor shared with the closest of family members. Her reputation for intolerance of the cold was renown and in her younger years had been observed eating ice cream, in front of a heater while wearing a winter jacket! A bit of a competitor she enjoyed Euchre, Canasta and beating Rick at Skip-Bo. In fact, one time while playing Rick in a game of tennis, she attempted to “slam” the ball at him for a winning point. Instead she mis-hit the ball and sprained her thumb!

Pat is survived by her husband of 20 years Rick Cornell, step daughter Jennifer Bent (Caleb), sister Cheryl Hughes (Mike), sister Grace Bates (John), parents Andy and Lela Mae Zaleha, nieces Heather, Mandy, Holly, and Ashley Hughes, nephews Zachary (Aerica), Justin (Holly) and Eric Bates.

Honoring Pat’s wishes, she will be cremated and a memorial service will be held 1 pm, Sunday, March 11th. The service will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, NC 27511.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.

  • FAMILY

  • Pat is survived by her husband of 20 years Rick Cornell, step daughter Jennifer Bent (Caleb), sister Cheryl Hughes (Mike), sister Grace Bates (John), parents Andy and Lela Mae Zaleha, nieces Heather, Mandy, Holly, and Ashley Hughes, nephews Zachary (Aerica), Justin (Holly) and Eric Bates.
  • DONATIONS

  • American Cancer Society

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, March 11, 2018
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David Bates

March 8, 2018

So sorry for your loss. She was in my graduating class.prayers for the family.

Carol Taylor

March 7, 2018

Rick, I can see what a fun loving women Pat was in all of her beautiful photos. The two of you were very Blessed to have had 20 years loving each other. I know you have great faith, God has your girl now and is taking great care of her! You have All of your PB friends here for you too! I love you a bunch friend!
Sincerely,
Carol Taylor

Patricia Mosher

March 7, 2018

Rick, we were saddened to hear about Pat's passing. We so enjoyed dancing with both of you at a southern tier wheeler weekend or at Dottie 's for our "special" lessons. Please take care of yourself and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many people. Yellow rock, our friend...Bill and Pat.

Joann Thorngate (Poulton)

March 7, 2018

So sorry to hear about Pat’s passing. She was a classmate of mine class of 1976. I got to see Pat at our 40th class reunion so glad I did. Just like she had never left she was Pat! Concerned about others and so nice to all and always had a smile on her face. I did not know she was still fighting with the cancer that was first discovered just before our graduation day. Gods speed Pat and prayers to the loving family and friends you will see again some day.

Mary Grant

March 6, 2018

Rick, although I never met Pat, I can see from these pics what a sweet, happy, funny, and wonderful companion Pat was and that you shared (I'm guessing) alot of great belly laughs and cherished memories. You were an absolutely wonderful husband totally immersed in ensuring that she was loved and received the best of care. Take care my friend.

Steve Jahn

March 6, 2018

My condolences to the family. I didn't know Pat that well, but met her several times. My good friend Rick always spoke very highly of Pat. He shared stories of them dancing together and their times at the lake house and their moves back and forth to NC.

Brenda Bond, Buttrey

March 6, 2018

So sorry to hear of Patty's passing. I remember Mr. Capello having Patty work with me on playing my flute. Keeping the family in prayer during this difficult time.

Linda Osentoski

March 6, 2018

Pat was in my high school class of 1976. She was so smart and very funny. She was a sweet person who would have done anything for anyone. I'm so sad to hear that she has left this earthly world. Hugs and prayers to her family and friends

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Patricia Elaine “Pat” Zaleha, loving wife of Rick Cornell, passed away March 4, 2018 at her home in Cary, North Carolina after a brief battle with cancer. 59 years old, she was born in Sarahsville, Ohio, the daughter of Andy and Lela Mae Zaleha.

Pat grew up in Sarahsville and was valedictorian in her graduating class in 1976. While at school she played in the band, was a cheer leader played several sports and starred in her senior play as Anne Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker”. Upon graduation she began a full life that presented her with opportunities to travel to various destinations worldwide. Pat also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and spent her career in that discipline.

Pat and Rick met while working at American Express’ Phoenix, Arizona office in 1994. A strong friendship preceded 20 years of a loving marriage. They spent the majority of the time together enjoying each other’s company and mutual interests. She had a passion for dancing and was a member of the Cary Cross Trailers Square and Round Dance club. Pat enjoyed the outdoors and for many years cultivated and maintained her own backyard vegetable garden. While at the lake house in western New York where they planned to spend their retirement years, Pat was often seen riding her bike and going on casual strolls along the lake with Rick. That home was a pride and joy of theirs, having worked together closely to design and monitor its construction themselves where Pat could be seen rocking gently on the front porch watching the sunset. She enjoyed their many weekend outings and vacations, concerts in the park and hitting local spots of interest at some of her “I want to” destinations.

Pat was a wonderful wife, sister, step mother and helper, with a sense of humor shared with the closest of family members. Her reputation for intolerance of the cold was renown and in her younger years had been observed eating ice cream, in front of a heater while wearing a winter jacket! A bit of a competitor she enjoyed Euchre, Canasta and beating Rick at Skip-Bo. In fact, one time while playing Rick in a game of tennis, she attempted to “slam” the ball at him for a winning point. Instead she mis-hit the ball and sprained her thumb!

Pat is survived by her husband of 20 years Rick Cornell, step daughter Jennifer Bent (Caleb), sister Cheryl Hughes (Mike), sister Grace Bates (John), parents Andy and Lela Mae Zaleha, nieces Heather, Mandy, Holly, and Ashley Hughes, nephews Zachary (Aerica), Justin (Holly) and Eric Bates.

Honoring Pat’s wishes, she will be cremated and a memorial service will be held 1 pm, Sunday, March 11th. The service will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, NC 27511.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.