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On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, Patricia LaBarbera was welcomed into the eternal arms of our loving God by those who preceded her in death; her husband William LaBarbera; her mother Rose Wynn; her aunts Marie Mugavero & Josephine Kramer; her uncles Joseph Mugavero, Michael Mugavero & the Honorable Reverend Francis J. Mugavero; and several cousins. Through her career in the food service industry Patricia earned Master Chef status. Four years ago she retired from Atria Senior Living, a national senior living community, where she broke through the glass ceiling as their only female Director of Food Services. She moved to Volusia County and could not stay out of the kitchen, so she took jobs cooking at Gram’s Kitchen, Courthouse Café and, most recently, Rhonda’s Kitchen. Her real passion was her ministry through St. Ann's Catholic Parish, where she ran the kitchen for several annual fundraisers and spaghetti dinners. She was affectionately known by her church family as Chef Pat.
Pat had a compassionate heart, not only for her human kind, but also for animals. She was fond of visiting the manatees at Blue Springs National Park and took in cats & dogs throughout her adult life. She gravitated to rescuing racing dogs and took in three greyhounds while living in New York.
She leaves behind her beloved American Bulldog, Bubba. Pat also leaves behind her sister Joan (Gene) Rizzo, her nieces Carolyn (Mark) Stow, Joanne Rizzo, & Teresa Rizzo; her great niece Jacqueline (Pedro) Pillot & great nephew Dylan Stow; and her great-great niece Elba Rose Pillot.
Her loving family will miss her Lucille Ball-like sense of humor, her generous & kindhearted spirit, and readiness to share her zest for life with all who she knew.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 10am with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am at St. Ann's Catholic Parish 26 Dogwood Trail DeBary, Florida 32713.
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