Patricia Ann Longchamp
Essex Junction, VT
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Patricia Longchamp on January 18, 2021. Our hearts are heavy, but consoled by the knowledge that she is now at peace. As we look around the home she built, our hearts are broken. She was our rock and our light and we will miss her dearly.
Patricia Ann Tobin was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 23, 1936 to parents Raymond Tobin and Margaret (Osborne) Tobin. She was raised in Burlington and then moved to Essex Junction where she graduated from high school. She married Michael Longchamp on February 17, 1962, and together they settled in Essex to raise a family of six children. Upon the sudden death of her husband in 1973, in the Delta Airline Disaster at Logan Airport, she was thrust into single parenthood to raise her six children, ages 2-10, on her own. With the support of close family and friends, she bravely undertook this task. Her courage, love and commitment to her children was unfailing. Leaning on her faith she never once questioned God’s plan and succeeded in raising six independent, courageous, and devoted adults.
Family and friends meant everything to Mom. Growing up, her house was the place where all the neighborhood kids hung out. As adults, we still gathered around her dining room table every Sunday morning.
She also loved singing. She was a charter member of the Champlain Echoes of Harmony Incorporated, a member of New England Voices in Harmony of Harmony Incorporated and spent over 60 years singing and supporting the craft. These women helped her through some of the most difficult times in her life and she in turn supported them. They were her family.
Mom was an avid sports fan. She could be found watching any sport on television, but her favorite was basketball. She loved her Celtics. Attending Celtic games in person was a highlight in her life. Nana also enjoyed time with her grandchildren and spent countless hours attending soccer games, basketball games, softball games, lacrosse games, volleyball games, swim meets, cheerleading meets, musical performances, JROTC expeditions, graduations, and weddings. She hated to miss anything they were doing.
Mom was a long standing faithful member of St. Pius X Church. Over the years she spent countless hours helping with the Women’s Auxiliary, funeral luncheons, church bazaars, and singing in the choir.
Those left behind to cherish her memory include her children and their spouses: Michelle (Erik) Brennen, Chris Longchamp, Denise Longchamp, Anthony (Heather) Longchamp, Renée (Steve) Tramack, Joseph Longchamp, her “seventh” child Connie Russell Prince, her eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, sister Rachael (Leighton) Walker, nieces Colleen, Lynette, Deanna, brother Ray Tobin, sisters-in-law Mary Tobin, Mary Zubi, Pauline Longchamp and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Michael Longchamp, her parents Raymond and Margaret Tobin, her brother James Tobin, mother-in-law Mildred Longchamp, brothers- in-law Wilfred Longchamp and Said Zubi, and grandson Michael Tramack.
Due to covid there will be no calling hours.
A private Catholic funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at eleven o’clock. The mass can be live streamed on the Essex Catholic Community- St. Pius X Parish, https://essexcatholic.vermontcatholic.org/st-pius-x.
Internment immediately following at Resurrection Park in South Burlington.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: https://www.harmonyinc.org/harmony-inc-donations-form/ or Diabetes.org
Rest peaceful dear Mother, the yoke is easy and the burden light.
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