MECHANICVILLE - Patricia Ann Shaw Higgins was born on June 27, 1941 in Newark, OH to Bessie Marie Dwiggins Shaw and Charles Louis Shaw and was reunited with our Lord on November 25, 2022 due to complications of many strokes. Pat graduated from Utica High School in Ohio, and after graduation, enlisted in the US Air Force in which she served as a Clerk-Typist.
While in the Air Force, she met the man who became the love of her life, John Higgins. They married, started their family, and Pat was honorably discharged from the Air Force. Pat and John were married for 62 years and had 7 children: Kathryn Sheehy, Colleen (Philip) Lucarelli, Donna (Tom) Nelson, Joy Higgins, Sean (Debbie), Dennis (Gulietta), Tim (Karen). They also had 12 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Nancy (Dennis Swingley), Karon Starner, Peggy Mills, Leona (John Fornataro) and brother Richard Shaw(Gabi). Pat was blessed with the gift of even more family when she married John. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Susan (Tom) Hines and Judy Higgins, brothers-in-law Steve Brzozowski and Guy Amoroso. She was predeceased by sister Sue and brother-in-law(John Breece) and brother David Shaw, as well as her in-laws MaryBeth Brzozowski, Patricia Amoroso, Edward Higgins, Michael Higgins and Anthony Higgins.
Pat had many interests that involved serving her church communities. She was an accomplished musician who played the piano, and was a self-taught guitar player. She served in the Music Ministry of the Dominican Spiritual Life Center for 12 years and also played and sang in the St. Paul's Contemporary Choir, and the regular Choir as well.
Pat was also involved in Marriage Encounter, Cursillo in Christianity, and Life in the Spirit Seminars. She spent many weekends working Bingo to support St Paul's School and she was involved in the Music Ministry of the REC (Residents Encounter Christ) Prison Program.
She worked for Wayne Hogan, DC for 22 years and developed many life-long friendships while there.
Pat enjoyed her family and being a homemaker. She excelled at crocheting and strived to make Christmas Tree skirts, blankets and pot holders for all of her family members. She also enjoyed canning, sewing, Christmas music, camping and most of all, annual road trips home to visit her family in Ohio.
Pat's generous, gentle spirit and beautiful smile will be greatly missed.
Calling hours on Wednesday from 5-7PM at All Saints on the Hudson Church, 121 N Main St, Mechanicville, NY 12118. A Funeral Mass will also be held at the church, on Thursday, at 11:30AM followed by military honors and burial at Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Cursillo Movement, PO Box 799, Jarrell, TX 76537, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Wounded Warriors.