Virginia F. Patchen


Virginia F. Patchen, 94, of Jamestown, died Nov. 25, 2019, in Heritage Park Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing

She was born May 31, 1925, in Jamestown, the daughter of the late Fay W. and Irene Bonsteel Flanders.

She was a graduate of Chautauqua High School. Following graduation, she was trained as a laboratory technician at Municipal Laboratory and WCA Hospital.

Prior to her retirement, she worked for many years for Dr. Robert F. Wettingfeld. While spending winters in Englewood, Florida, she was employed by Englewood Community Hospital.

In her retirement years, Virginia was an active volunteer at the Audubon Community Nature Center and at the Chautauqua County Humane Society in Jamestown, New York.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Follansbee of Southampton, Massachusetts and Sandra Seastrum of Jamestown; her five grandchildren, Christopher Collins and his wife Jennifer of Jamestown, Steven Collins and his wife Mary of Bemus Point, Andrew Ward and his wife Victoria of Waterbury, Vermont, Marcia Struk and her husband Mark of Marshfield, Massachusetts, and Emily Follansbee of Pueblo, Colorado; nine great-grandchildren; her brother William Flanders of Chautauqua, her niece Chris Flanders of Stow, and her nephew Robert Flanders of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon Patchen, who died July 13, 1998, her dear friend Wayne Herrick, who died Nov. 17, 2007, and a son-in-law, William Seastrum.

A memorial service was held at Lind Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY, 14701.

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