Patricia Caterino Zangardi

Patricia Caterino Zangardi, 69, Dunmore unexpectedly passed away Friday evening at home and is now reunited with her son and husband.  She was the widow of the late Armand V. Zangardi who passed away November 24, 2015.  At the time of Armand’s passing the two had been married for 41 years and together for over 47 years.

Born in Scranton, Pat was the daughter of the late Michael J. and Marilla Gibbons Caterino.  She was a graduate of West Scranton High School and upon graduation was employed by the Scranton School District and later served as an administrative assistant in the Office of the Lackawanna District Attorney.  She, along with her husband Armand, then served in the health care industry.  Together they owned and operated Regina Manor and the Green Ridge Assisted Living for 30 years prior to retirement.

Pat was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  She dedicated her life to family raising her two wonderful sons, Armand “AJ” and Michael.  Affectionately known as Nana Z, the joys in her life were her three grandchildren.   She was very active in their lives and was their biggest supporter, never missing a game or an event.  Patricia spoiled her family and friends with wonderful Italian cooking and always made dishes sure to satisfy the individual tastes of everyone at her table.

Pat and Armand had a true and deep love for each other.  They laughed, joked and cried together.  They were inseparable and stood by one another through the good and bad times.  Their love was a testament to what a wonderful relationship should be. 

Also surviving are her son Armand “AJ” Zangardi of Jefferson Twp; her three beautiful grandchildren Pia, Mira Belle and Armand “Pauly” of Jefferson Twp.; her sister Addie Smith and husband Tom of Scranton; her brother Guy Caterino and his wife Joanne of Westerville, Ohio;  brother in law Sandor “Sonny” Zangardi and his wife Bonnie of Wyoming;  nieces and nephews; friends.

She was also preceded in death by her beloved son Michael Zangardi who passed away September 12, 2012.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated  Wednesday at 10:30am in St. Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Ave. Scranton.

All CDC regulations will be observed including the mandatory use of facial coverings and social distancing.

The Mass will be livestreamed on the Vanston and James Funeral Home Facebook page.

Friends may call Wednesday morning from 9am until 10:20am in the church.

Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by visiting or by mail at 1500 Rosencrans Ave. Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


  1. Marilyn & Tom Davis

    We are so sorry for the loss of our cousin. . RIP Patricia, we know you are now reunited with Armand & Michael.
    We love you.

  2. John Collins

    So sorry for your loss AJ.

    • Jessica McLaughlin

      AJ, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your amazing Mom. She really was an incredible woman and I was always in awe of her ability to juggle it all…family, work, friends, faith. She was both a force of nature and a woman ahead of her time. I extend my heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathy to you, Pia, Mira Belle and Pauly during this difficult time. Love, Jess (Jack & Will too)

  3. Cheryl Melvin Bordo

    I am so very sorry and saddened to hear about Pat’s passing. I enjoyed her company many evenings and had great conversation. She had a heart of gold , was a generous and caring person with her heart, always talked about how much she loved and missed her husband and son, then her Mom. She was so proud of her grandkids and her AJ. Oh and let’s not forget about her favorite companion Trixie.
    She is reunited again. I will miss her. Rest In Peace, Pat.

  4. Marty Egan

    So sorry for your loss AJ. Prayers and thoughts for your family.

  5. Melissa Canfield

    I’m so sorry for your loss Aj she was a sweetheart may she rest in peace in God’s arms. She was so much fun to work with when she was there always laughing and smiling.

  6. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Topa

    AJ, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We are thinking of you and you’re family.

  7. Michael and Trudi Zangardi

    AJ, so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was an extraordinary woman. Pat’s enthusiasm and personality will be greatly missed by our family and by many. Our very best wishes in this difficult time.

  8. Bob Arvonio

    I’m so saddened to hear if Pat’s passing..She was a fellow classmate and a wonderful woman…My deep condolences abd prayers for the family for this great loss…May the Lord hold her in His arms for comfort, in Jesus name, our Lord and Savior…Amen

  9. Jack Lewis

    Very sorry to learn of Pat’s passing. She was a classmate and, for a brief period, a co-worker in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. She was a kind person who was full of fun.

  10. So sorry AJ. Great lady and friend. She was always there with an encouraging word. Will miss her.

  11. Donald F. Hallock

    Thoughts and Prayers with A.J & family Pat was a great person always willing to reach out and help anyone in need

    A Honor & Privilege know and call Patricia a friend spent many years @ sporting events with our kids and she cheered or everyone always wanting the best for all

    Patricia RIP and guardian angel over A.J and family God Bless

  12. Joanne Kavulich

    I am so very sorry and shocked to read about Patricia’s passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry I did not make the Mass but my husband ‘s Mass was an hour earlier. In fact, we were leaving the cemetery as you were pulling in.
    She was a wonderful and caring person. We worked together in the Scranton Schools and I was in her beautiful wedding. May she rest in peace with Armand and her son.
    Sincerely, Joanne DeLeo Kavulich

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