Patricia Cecilia Fite went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 18, 2021 in her beloved home at the base of Haycock Mountain in Haycock Township. She was 87. She was born on December 23, 1933 to the late Charles H. and Kathryn B. (Poth) Young during the height of the Great Depression. She grew up in the Fox Chase section of Northeast Philadelphia. She attended St. Cecilia School in Fox Chase and was a member of the first non-boarding class at St. Basil Academy in Fox Chase Manor, graduating in 1951. After graduation, she worked for six months at SKF on Glenwood Avenue in North Philadelphia as a secretary. She met the love of her life, Joe, at the Fox Chase Weightlifting Club where he lifted weights and she watched the weightlifters. They married on July 12, 1952 at St. Cecilia Church and got right to work raising a family. The young couple moved from their first apartment on Benson Street in Fox Chase to a new home in Warminster in the spring of 1955. They spent all the money they had at settlement and had to borrow a few bucks to get home on the train. They eventually raised five children in that rancher in Warminster before moving to the log house that Joe built – pretty much by himself – at the base of Haycock Mountain in 1981. She loved the solitude there where she liked to garden, paint and cook. Pat was one of the first tour guides at Fonthill Castle in Doylestown when it opened to the public in 1976 and was a member of the Bucks County Historical Society. She also served as secretary for the Haycock Historical Society. Pat and Joe loved to travel, especially to Canada where the family vacationed every year. Pat was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She is survived by her son Joseph B. Fite III and his wife Ruth Ann of Hatboro, her son John Fite and his wife Donna of Eagles Mere, Pa., and her son Charles Fite of Danboro. Pat is also survived by nine grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Joe, a daughter, Mary Keba, of Danboro and a daughter, Trish Garza, of Hurst Texas. Visitation for family and friends will be on Thursday morning at St. John the Baptist, 4050 Durham Road, Ottsville, from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be at the St. John’s Cemetery, Haycock Run Road, Haycock. Arrangements are in the care of the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc. (wwwcrstrunk.com) Quakertown. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Pat’s name to St. John the Baptist Parish, 4050 Durham Road, Ottsville, PA 18942.
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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
4050 Durham Rd., Ottsville PA 18942