Patricia Ratchford

Due to the terrible weather the viewing has been moved to the Church of St. Gregory.  

The viewing will be Wednesday from 4-7pm in the Church of St. Gregory 330 N. Abington Rd. Clarks Green.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10am in the Church of St. Gregory.

All attending are invited to go directly to the church.

Thank you for your understanding in dealing with the horrible weather.

Patricia Ratchford died Thursday, March 9th surrounded by her loving children.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Frank X. Ratchford.

Born March 12, 1940 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph F., Sr. and Mary Mahon Loughney.   She was a 1958 graduate of St. Paul’s High School and went on to earn a degree in Elementary Education from Marywood College in 1962.  Prior to her retirement, Pat taught at Our Lady of Peace School in Clarks Green, PA, Our Lady of Lourdes School in Elmira, NY and Gardner Road School in Horseheads, NY.

Pat was a lifelong, active member of the parishes of St. Gregory’s and Our Lady of Lourdes.  She was a warm and loving mother and grandmother and treated her students in a similar manner.  She enjoyed vacationing with her family in Avalon, NJ and attending Broadway shows in New York City with family and friends. She kept a meticulous home and was famous for her delicious meatballs, brownies and cinnamon cake.  Her hearty laugh made all those around her laugh too.

Pat is survived by her daughters Ellen Donovan and husband Ed of Havertown, PA and Patricia Workman and husband Will of Chatham, NJ,  sons Dr. Frank Ratchford and his wife Kristan of Manassas, VA, John Ratchford and his wife Becky of Landisville, PA and Michael Ratchford and his wife Margi of Clarks Green, PA,  sisters Mary Margaret Beurket of Binghamton, NY and Ann Keeler of Scranton, PA brothers John Loughney of Scranton, PA and Robert Loughney of Midlothian, VA, sixteen grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brother Joseph F. Loughney, Jr.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 16th at 10 am in The Church of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Rd. Clarks Green, PA 18411. The family invites all attending to go directly to the church.  Pat will be buried at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, PA.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4-7 pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash Street, Scranton, PA.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Francis and Patricia Ratchford Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Scranton c/o University of Scranton Development Office PO Box 1385 Scranton, PA 18501.

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  1. Liz Bloxsom

    Ellen and family,

    My heartfelt sympathies for your loss of your beloved mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Sheila Flanagan Bennett

    Dear Ratchford and Loughney families:

    I graduated from St. Paul’s a year after Patsy, w her sister, ‘Sistie’.
    So very sorry for her loss, and condolences to all of you.
    Since I am not in town I will miss coming to offer my sympathy in person.


  3. Pat and Jim Patterson

    Ratchford and Loughney Families

    Pat and I send our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mom and beloved sister. We share your grief and sorrow. Your mom and dad will always have a special place in our hearts. We were stationed with them at Fort Bragg. They were a wonderful and kind couple. The world is a much better place because of them. They are now together in eternal life and they will continue to live in our hearts. Five children and sixteen grandchildren are their beautiful legacy. God Bless you and your children for carrying forth mom and dad’s wonderful legacy.

    Pat and Jim Patterson

  4. Ben Seitz-Sitek

    Trica and family, I’m so sorry for loss. Pat always lit up the room. My thoughts are with you

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