Patricia Ann Parrish-Aronhalt left this earth peacefully, Monday, June 14, 2021 at home in Hanover, Pennsylvania, with family by her side. She was born February 10, 1930 to the late Walter Lee Parrish and Bessie Lillian (Blanchfield) Parrish in Baltimore, Maryland. Pat was the wife of the late Donald Lee Aronhalt for 46 years who died in 1997.
She was the last surviving of her siblings, sister Edith Watters, brothers Maurice (Moe) Parrish, and Walter (Sonny) Parrish. Pat and Donald (Lee) had three children, Timothy L. P. Aronhalt (late son) and wife Susan Aronhalt of Manassas Virginia, Cynthia Aronhalt Packer (daughter) and husband Todd Packer of Hanover, Pennsylvania, and James Aronhalt (son) and wife Kathleen Aronhalt of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Pat and Lee had five grandchildren- Tara Battaglia and husband Anthony Battaglia of Westminster, Maryland, Christopher Aronhalt of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Aronhalt-Haarstick and husband Shane Haarstick of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sara Packer of Hanover, Pennsylvania, and Jesse Aronhalt of Manassas, Virginia. Pat is survived by eight great-grandchildren- Erin Battaglia, Carter Aronhalt, Sophia Battaglia, Eleanor Packer, Johnny Aronhalt, Joseph Battaglia, Giovanna (Bella) Battaglia, and Lucy Haarstick. Pat also had numerous nieces and nephews that she loved.
As a child, Pat spent some of her summers in Carroll County on a family farm. She graduated from a high school in Baltimore. She served in the Civil Air Patrol. As a proud military wife, she loved traveling. Pat and Lee made Carroll County their home after Lee retired from the U.S. Army. Pat held jobs at Sweetheart Cup, Westminster Shoe, Random House, and Target in which she retired from in 2007. Pat also worked part time for Johnson Bus Service helping children with special needs as an aid.
Pat would help anyone in any way. She believed that volunteering was a great way to give back to the community. Pat volunteered her time as a den mother, a girl-scout leader, a Sunday school teacher, and volunteered over one thousand hours at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Pat loved holidays. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, and sharing how very important family is. Pat felt that family was her whole world.
Services will be held at Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main St., Westminster on Friday, June 18, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., with a Celebration of Life Service at 11:30 a.m. Family and friends may come to share their greatest memories of Pat. A private service will be planned at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery where Pat will be in eternal rest with Lee.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org or Compassionate Care Hospice, https://www.amedisys.com/compassionate-care-hospice.
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