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THE TIMES, MARCH 3, 2016 PAGE 4 6105 REMINDER Longtime Manchac chapel to be blessed at Rosaryville Times Report Manchac’s Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Chapel, long protect- ed and cared for by Charlie Pugh and his sons, will be the canter of a blessing ceremony set for 1 pm. Saturday, March 5 at its new location in Rosaryville. He did just that, with help from Catholics here that he led as pastor of St. Joseph Church. When flood waters threat- ened, the Pugh family moved the chapel to higher ground they own on Ponchatoula’s south side. Then this past year, the chapel was professionally moved to a waiting site at Ro- saryville. The ceremony is set to begin at 1 p.m., followed by light re- freshments. The chapel was built to fulfill the promise made by Domini- can Priest Fr. John Curran, a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II, that if he would be spared death in the brutal war, he would build a chapel in honor of the Mother of God. 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Her story has many elements of the perfect American dream. ..The daughter of Irish immigrants, she was raised in Bronx, New York, along with her Brother, Tom. She made a profession as a nurse, and loved her job. She married her sweetheart, Frank Connorton (also a first generation Irish American), and they lived a happy 46 years together. Her familial bond was so strong that when her parents moved to El Paso, Texas, to be closer to her brother, she and her husband followed a few years later embracing the adventure that was their lives. Patricia’s greatest lesson to her children was one of understand- ing grief and going through pain in life. When Pat was a young nurse, she worked at Hotel Dieu Hos- pital in El Paso, Texas. This was an exciting time in her life, but would bring a lot of hardship, pain, and grief. She was an expect- ing mother and was very long in her pregnancy. When she finally delivered the beautiful baby girl whom her whole family was anx- iously awaiting, there were tragic complications. Sadly, the child did not make it. The umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck, not allowing her to receive oxygen. This day became the worst day of young Patricia’s life. She spent the next few days in the hospital. Once she was al— lowed to leave and go home, she found it difficult to leave the couch. Her daughter, Tricia, would bring her tea as an attempt to comfort her, but she was inconsolable. Nonetheless, her daughter did not give up. Patricia was in agony and felt every emotion possible. She looked at her daughter and saw the fear her eyes and knew she had to get up, be strong, and keep going. After a week, she got up, took a shower and went to work. She was finally becoming herself in her children’s eyes. Years later, she explained how she blamed herself for what happened. She, being a nurse, should have known that something was wrong. The sorrow was almost too much to bear, but the love of her family encouraged her to be strong and keep going. After many years of being a nurse, she became an entrepreneur at the age of 65. Pat created her own consulting business, provid- ing nursing services to various clients, including the US. Depart- ment of Labor. She would have done anything for her business. Her daughter wrote, “I often asked her if she would retire soon, and she would always respond, ‘Whatfor? I love what I do.” (Con- norton, Perendergast 3). No matter who you would aSk, she always had endless love and always saw the best in people. Many said she, “encouraged all of us to live life to the fullest without fear.” (Connorton, Prendergast 3.) She put smiles on many faces. Every— one that knew her was more than impressed with who she was. Patricia was one of the inspirations for Wise Irish Women, a compilation of life stories of thirty-five successful women who each share a connection to Ireland. Her daughter, Patricia “Tricia” Con- norton Kagerer co-authored the book with her cousin, Laura Pren- dergast Gordon. They both learned valuable lessons from Patricia such as “Life is not perfect. We take the good With the bad. What is important is to live it all, feel it all, and know that you come out the other side stronger and better for having gone through it.” (Connorton, Prendergast 9.) ' Sadly, in 2007, Patricia Connorton fell very sick and had trouble breathing. She passed away peacefully on December 18, 2007 at the age of 72. Even though she has passed, she will never be for- gotten. She was a loving and inspiring woman to everyone in her company, her children and her grandchildren. Nothing about this woman will ever be forgotten. Work cited g Connorton, Patricia, and Laura Prendergast. Wise Irish Wom- en. El Paso: The Small Press, 2012. Print. 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