Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home

14 Grand Street, Oneonta, NY


Janet Patterson Fish

June 22, 1937November 30, 2018

Janet L. Patterson Fish, 81, of Duanesburg, NY, and Lakeland, FL, passed away on November 30, 2018 in Lakeland.

She was born June 22, 1937 in Cortland, NY.

Jan graduated from Cortland High School in 1956. She attended the State University of New York College at Cortland graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1959, and a Master of Science in Education in 1962. During her education career she taught at Marathon Central School, Marathon, NY; Barry Elementary School, Cortland, NY; Corning Free Academy, Corning, NY; Hillsdale Public Schools, Hillsdale, NJ; Oneonta City Schools, Oneonta, NY; and Marist College.

Jan married Thomas J. Patterson on August 15, 1964 in Corning, NY. They had three children, and enjoyed twenty-three years of marriage at the time of Tom’s passing on March 24, 1987.

On February 25, 1995 Jan married Paul B. Fish enjoying a life filled with love, infectious laughter, travel, friends, and most importantly her family.

Jan was a master gardener, voracious reader, talented musician, seamstress, and fiber artist. She loved to entertain family and friends, and relished genuine conversations. She always wanted to know what was new and exciting in your life, and was renowned for her bear hugs. Jan will be most remembered for her strength, intelligence, sharp wit, and that she loved without measure.

Jan is survived by her loving husband, Paul B. Fish; her children Thomas J. Patterson II, and his wife Sheila F. LeMaster; Christopher G. Patterson, and his children Cameron, and OliviaRose; Kelly A. Patterson, and her children Bryanna, and Brayden; Timothy P. Fish, his wife Brigitte, and their children Benjamin, and Noelle; Amanda D. Alger, and her children Sarah, Cody, and Kyle; and her dear cousin Linda Strong Cardner and her family.

She is predeceased by her loving husband, Thomas J. Patterson; parents Gordon L. Pierce and Joan Soshinsky Pierce, Helen E. Fletcher Allen and Arthur C. Allen; her siblings Sandra Allen, Charles Allen, and David Allen; her daughter Bridget Fish-Graves; and her dear cousin Jean Strong.

A funeral mass will take place on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 10:15 am at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta.

Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

In lieu of flowers, do a good deed without recognition, volunteer; love your family, friends, and neighbors. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Susquehanna SPCA SHELTER US capital campaign to support construction of a campus that will house a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter and thrift store. Checks may be sent to: Susquehanna SPCA SHELTER US, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326; or online at: sqspca.org/donations

Condolences to the family may be made online at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 26, 2019


Janet Patterson Fish

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