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Patricia Anne Donegan

Obituary of Patricia Anne Donegan

November 9, 2022

Patricia Anne Donegan, 93, died November 9, 2022 in hospice care alongside family at home in her New York City apartment in Tudor City. Pat had a long career with NBC, working at 30 Rockefeller Center from the 1950s through the 1990s when she retired as director of program administration for WNBC. She moved to the city from her native New Jersey in 1965. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, on November 24, 1928, Pat was the daughter of the late Edmund Ambrose and Gertrude Veraconda (O’Connor) Donegan. After graduating from New Brunswick High School in January of 1946, Pat worked as a telephone operator for New Jersey Bell in New Brunswick, then as a civilian at Camp Kilmer in New Brunswick. In 1954, she applied for a secretarial position at NBC and got the job, launching her impressive rise through the ranks there. Pat was an important central figure in her extended family all her life, rarely missing a baptism, wedding, confirmation, birthday, holiday celebration, funeral or other occasions. In New York, she had a vast network of devoted and enduring friendships in her neighborhood, city and throughout the tri-state area. Pat had a sharp wit and sense of humor right through her final days, an encyclopedic memory of family lore and trivia, and loved to laugh. She was predeceased by three sisters, Ruth Meaney, Jean Tarnacki and Jane Loftus, her brother, Ambrose Donegan, brothers-in-law Don Meaney, Walter Tarnacki and Vincent Loftus and sister-in law Patricia Donegan. Survivors include eight nieces, three nephews and extended family. A Catholic Mass in celebration of Patricia’s life will be Saturday, November 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, East 43rd Street, New York, NY.  Burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery in New Brunswick, NJ, will be private.

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Funeral Mass

November 19, 2022

10:00 AM

Church of Saint Agnes

143 E 43rd St

New York, NY 10017

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Graveside Service

November 21, 2022

1:00 PM

St. Peter's Cemetery

500 Somerset St

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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