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Perna, Dengler, Roberts Funeral Home

1671 Maple Rd, Williamsville, NY

OBITUARY

Patricia J. Berexa

October 6, 1937October 9, 2019
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BEREXA - Patricia J. (nee Dermott) October 9, 2019. Beloved wife of Joseph; dear mother of Steven (Gwinne) Berexa, Christine (Anthony) Cutrona, Sharon (Sean) Wood and Kathleen (Mark) Gubinsky; grandmother of Karina, Hannah, Dylan, Hayley, David, Steven and Joseph; sister of Richard (Lynn) and the late Thomas (Jean) Dermott; beloved companion of Chester; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family will be present for memorial visitation on Monday from 4-7 PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Gregory the Great Church, Tuesday at 8:45 AM. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY 225 Como Park Blvd. Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Online condolences offered at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com

Services

  • Visitation Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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Wayne Landesman

October 14, 2019

Joe

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. The beautiful memories of your life together with Pat, I hope will comfort you in the weeks and months ahead

Wayne Landesman

Grant Simons

October 14, 2019

Dear Steve and family: we are very sorry for your loss. We are glad that it was peaceful for your mother at the end. We extend our most sincere condolences.

Love,
Grant and Sunisa Simons

Michael Karas

October 13, 2019

So sorry to hear about Pat. I remember having dinner with Joe and Pat at my father's home in Florida with my wife Janet. It was a special evening. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Joe.

Prayers,
Mike and Janet Karas

Larry Colucci

October 12, 2019

Sharon,
My condolences to you and your family. May your mom Rest In Peace.

Emily Foster

October 12, 2019

We have fond memories of Pat when she ventured south for visits with her brother Rick and his family. We were always greeted by Pat with her warm smile, and we enjoyed her good humor. Our sincere sympathy is extended to her loved ones at this time of sorrow.

Emily and Bill Foster

Stacey Balcom

October 11, 2019

My heart aches for you and your family during this difficult time. Know that I’m here for you during this time of grieving. May she rest in peace.

Cynthia Chris and Brian Boyd

October 11, 2019

Christine: Such lovely pics of your Mom! Our condolences to you and your family.

Cynthia, Chris and Brian Boyd

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Biography

We are here today to honor and say goodbye to Patricia Berexa- mom, nana, aunt, sister, wife, and friend. 82 years was not nearly enough, but in a way, more time than we all thought God was going to give us with her because of her illnesses. I thank God for every day she was in our lives, in my life, and I thank God too that her suffering was brief and she was in the company of loves ones when she passed into God’s loving arms.
Mom was raised Catholic according to her father’s wishes as his faith, his religion was important to him. She was from a working class family in Pittsburgh, PA whose family made sacrifices to provide for the three siblings with a Catholic education- both at the elementary and secondary levels.
Pat and Joe wed in the Catholic Church in 1959 then raised all four of us children Catholic beginning with an elementary school education at St. Sebastian’s in Pittsburgh. We continued at St. Gregory the Great when we moved to the Buffalo area in 1977 and Pat and Joe have remained members of the parish since. Mom lovingly guided us through our good night prayers, our first Communions, first confessions, confirmations and marriages. As a practicing Catholic, mom encouraged and supported dad’s spiritual journey through the RCIA, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program.
Mom led a moral, Christian life that involved serving others. She helped the less fortunate by teaching under privileged children in Florida how to read, volunteering at Gateway Longview and volunteering with the Bereavement Committee at St. Gregory’s.
Mom lived her faith by example, always putting others first. She loved unconditionally and forgave no matter what the grievance. She lived by the 10 commandments.
However, mom was fairly private about her faith- she quietly practiced it- but her faith was her moral compass. Mom has several prayers set aside in private places in her bedroom throughout the years. Recently, Psalm 23 being one of them, along with subscriptions to the Upper Room. When I asked her how she prayed, she told me she prayed the rosary, when physically able.
What else can I say about mom? Pat was the biggest advocate and cheerleader for the children and grandchildren. She supported us emotionally, physically, and spiritually. She loved attending our events- graduations, beach vacations, horse shows, karate awards, etc. She loved hearing news of good grades or special accomplishments. She nurtured us, even as adults, in a way only a mother can, she loved us, in a way only a mother can, and worried about us, in a way only a mother can. She was a best friend, confidante, and caregiver.
Pat was also a faithful and true wife to Joe, her husband of 60 years. There may have been bumps in the road along with way, some back seat driving habits that I now chuckle about, but she and dad were devoted to each other throughout their marriage and both serve as terrific role models.
Mom’s hope and strong belief were in the afterlife, in heaven, of an eternal life with Jesus and with members of her family and with friends who have gone on before her including her father, mother, and older brother.
Her time of physical illness and physical suffering has ended. Mom, may you be at peace, know that you are loved, know that you are missed and I hope to one day see you again.
I love you.