OBITUARY

Patricia Ann Merek

July 18, 1965November 28, 2019

Patricia Ann Merek, 54, of Tampa, passed away on November 28, 2019. She worked at NOAA for over 30 years. Patricia was passionate about animals, Tampa Bay Lightning and traveling. She was also a proud annual pass holder at Disney Parks. Her greatest passion was that of her friends and family. She is preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Lazzeri; dogs, Snoopy and Boots. Patricia is survived by daughter, Alexandria Merek and Rebecca Merek; brother, Jeff Lazzeri, Jr; father, Jeff Lazzeri; ex-husband, Mike Merek; niece, Chanel St. Germain. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm at Blount Curry Macdill, 605 S. Macdill Ave, Tampa FL 33609. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to ASPCA of Tampa Bay.

  • FAMILY

  • She is preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Lazzeri; dogs, Snoopy and Boots.
    Patricia is survived by daughter, Alexandria Merek and Rebecca Merek; brother, Jeff Lazzeri, Jr; father, Jeff Lazzeri; ex-husband, Mike Merek; niece, Chanel St. Germain.
  • DONATIONS

  • ASPCA

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 6, 2019

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Barry Damiano

December 7, 2019

Although Patti left us way way too soon, we should be thankful and joyful that, no matter how big or how small, she was a part of our lives. And may Patti rest in peace in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Philip Hall

December 6, 2019

I met Patty in 1996 when I reported to AOC in Tampa. I had the pleasure of working with Patty on various projects for the last 24 years. She was always helpful, kind, and full of patience. I’ve always appreciated her sense of humor and kind smile - she was just a joy to work with. She will be deeply missed by many. I’m so sorry for her loss and my deepest sympathy for her family.

Ron Philippsborn

December 4, 2019

I've been gone from AOC from over 20 years, but I still remember Patty as one of those people that were the heart and soul of the organization, and made working there so much easier and more pleasant. The world needs more people like Patty; she made it a better place just by being in it, and while my heartfelt condolences go out to her family whose grief must be immeasurable, her loss is a loss for all of us.

Michael Henderson

December 3, 2019

My first day at NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) (in Miami at the time) was also Patty’s first day - in July 1986. We met in the elevator, assuming the other was a long-time AOC veteran. We became fast friends, as she was the administrative assistant for our division - aircraft operations - which consisted of approximately 20 male aviators and Patty. Our growing families got to know each other and we stayed in touch long after I was transferred. Whenever I traveled to AOC in later years - now in Tampa - she and I always had lunch and caught up on all the gossip - both work and personal. As we dealt with all the changes life dealt us, we couldn’t help but shed a tear or two on behalf of the other one.
Now upon hearing this horrific news of Patty’s untimely death, I am shedding more than one or two tears. Godspeed Patty!

Edgar and Lourdes Serrano

December 3, 2019

I only knew Patty for a little over 2 years. In that time I learned how much she wanted to enjoy everyday of her life. Her best moments and memories are those she shared with her daughters. One thing she said that I thought was pretty cool was, "Edgar I love hanging out with them (her daughters), we are together so much that if only one of them can be with me at the time the other gets jealous". I replied with "that's awesome that you have such a strong relationship with them". That is who she was, a loving mother who just sucked the fun out of life and enjoyed every second of it. Lourdes and I will miss you for sure. Remember when you called me Enrique for ever!!!! You will be missed girl. "Go Bolts" .

Beth Downs

December 3, 2019

Patty was a friend that I never met in person. We worked together over the phone for 5 years & she was always helpful & kind. We talked often about her animals & our dogs. I’m sorry she’s gone. It’s way to soon. I hope her family knows how sweet & fun she was. She will be missed.

Tom Strong

December 2, 2019

Patty was the most giving and caring soul and was the first person I met when going to work for NOAA nearly 30 years ago. She took me and lots of other newbies under her wing and showed us everything we needed to know to survive those first awkward years. She was a devoted mom above all else and it shows in the two wonderful daughters that she and Mike raised. Patty never shied from telling folks about her babies! Whatever she got into, she was all in. That included her sports teams, hobbies and even the people she chose to let into her life. I’m grateful to her for letting me be part of her world!