Former Mattituck resident Patricia Mary Krueger of Kings Park died at White Oaks Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Woodbury, May 18, 2014 after a long illness. She was 81.
She was born Dec. 1, 1932, in Port Chester, N.Y. to Claude and Helen (née Healy) Terpening. The family eventually settled in Mattituck in the 1940s.
Patricia graduated from Mattituck High School and then attended Mary Immaculate Hospital, where she received her Registered Nursing degree. It was while attending Mary Immaculate that she met her husband Bernard “Skeets” Krueger, and in 1954 they married at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck. In 1960 they moved to Kings Park to the house where Bernard still resides.
Patricia started out in the pediatric field at Smithtown General Hospital and changed to geriatrics in the mid 1970s, working for Woodbury HRF (now White Oaks Rehabilitation and Nursing Center) as the director of nursing services, and later at Birchwood Nursing Home as an assistant director of nursing service/inservice director. She was beloved by those she worked with and certified many nursing assistants through the 1990s to early 2000s before she retired.
Surviving are her husband, Bernard; two children, Jean Krueger and Bernard Krueger both of Kings Park; a brother, Claude (Jean) Terpening, Jr. of Hollywood, Fla.; two sisters Beatrice (Edward) Sawicki of Mattituck and Maureen (Donald) Sacker of Vancouver, Wash.; three grandchildren Ryan, Craig and Sean Krueger and one great-grandson, Jackson Krueger, along with many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors Wednesday, May 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. A Funeral service will be held Wednesday morning, following visiting hours, at the funeral home chapel. Interment will take place in Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery in Cutchogue.
This is a paid notice.