Patricia "Pat" Thomas Onorato
Oct. 25, 1927-Dec. 8, 2021
Menlo Park, California
Pat died peacefully at home in Menlo Park with her devoted son, Richard by her side. She was born October 25, 1927 in Rochester, New York to her loving parents, Laurette and Harry Thomas. Her life took a number of geographical twists and turns in her youth as she attended the Loretto Academy in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, relocating to Presentation Academy in San Francisco before attending the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
In San Francisco she worked as a teenager for the phone company and fudged about her age to be able to participate in the WWII Canteen activities operated by St. Mary’s Church most evenings serving donuts and coffee. She did her part in the war effort by talking and dancing with the servicemen about to be shipped overseas. An experience she cherished her whole life.
On a holiday with her family to Meeks Bay, Lake Tahoe she met the love of her life and future husband, Robert Onorato (Bob).There must have been a “special spark” as she accompanied him to a movie she had already seen five times before. Meeks Bay became a favorite vacation spot for her and her growing family all her life. Pat loved to entertain and was always the gracious hostess. Pat and Bob enjoyed many years of travel with friends around the world. They were lovingly referred to as “Pat and Bob, the Fun Couple” by their sons and their friends. Together they enjoyed active memberships in both Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club and at their second home at The Lakes in Palm Desert. Pat loved participating in both golf and bridge.
Her infectious enthusiasm was utilized in her service to the community of Menlo Park where she lived for 59 years. She was a member of the Woodside Atherton Auxiliary to the Children's’ Hospital at Stanford, and the Children's’ Health Council.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert E. Onorato (in 2000) and her son, Robert T. Onorato (in 2002). In addition to her son, Richard S. Onorato, Pat is survived by her sister and niece, Carol and Jonni Hoffman, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida along with her only grandchild whom she adored, Spencer Thomas Onorato of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and her “adopted daughter”, Sally Merryman of Pine Mountain CA. She is also survived by her many, many friends who had benefited from her gifts of a vivacious personality, good sense of humor, and love of her Irish heritage that she shared throughout her life. Special thanks to Carla with Home Instead for the excellent care she provided.
A private burial at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto has been held. A Celebration of Life service and reception will be held at later date. In lieu of flowers Pat requested donations be made to one of her favorite charities: The Children’s Hospital at Stanford, 400 Hamilton Avenue Suite 340 Palo Alto CA 94301. The Children’s Health Council, Atten: Cynthia Mei 650 Clark Way Palo Alto CA 94304 or the Padua Dining Room at St. Anthony’s Church 3500 Middlefield Road Menlo Park CA 94025.
May she rest in peace, and live long in our memories.