Patricia Joyce Maltese (nee Walsh) of Summit, NJ, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on April 14 after a courageous fight with Multiple System Atrophy. She was 61. The daughter of Kathleen & Redmond Walsh, Patricia was born in New York City, NY on November 15, 1961. She grew up in Palisades Park, New Jersey and lost her father at a young age. Patricia was raised by her mother, Kathleen, who was her best friend. Their bond was everlasting. We find peace knowing they are reunited once more.
Patricia obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston College before getting her M.B.A at Fordham University. She then went on to have a memorable career in finance, working as a bank analyst for major firms such as KBW, Merrill Lynch, and FGIC. It was during this time that she met her future husband, Tony. They were married on September, 28 1991. They moved from Hoboken, NJ to New Providence before finally settling in Summit. Two of her happiest days were the births of her daughters, Katie (1995) and Maggie (1998). Patricia’s ultimate joy in life was being a mom and it was a role that she excelled at. She never missed a swim meet, music concert, school event, or an opportunity to be there for her children.
Over the past four years, Patricia engaged in a valiant battle with MSA. During this time, her joyfulness, sense of humor, bravery, beautiful disposition, and love of life never faded. She was the epitome of strength and an inspiration to her family and friends alike.
Patricia loved spending time with her family, seeing new Broadway shows, volunteering for the Summit Music Parents Association, traveling, and watching her favorite period piece dramas. She had an innate talent for telling stories and making people laugh. We will miss her infectious smile. To know Patricia, was to love her.
Patricia is survived by her husband, Tony, her daughters, Katie and Maggie, and cousin Barbara Reger. She was predeceased by her mother and father, Kathleen & Redmond Walsh. Patricia will be remembered as a loving mother, devoted wife, and exceptional friend. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please kindly consider a donation in Patricia’s name to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition (https://www.multiplesystematrophy.org/about-msa/), in the hope that they one day find a cure for this terrible disease.
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