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Patrick , Gladys M. M.

Connellsville

Gladys M. (Verbus) Patrick, of Connellsville, passed away while sleeping peacefully on Friday, Feb. 16, 2007. She was a daughter of the late Frank and Elsie Verbus, of Uniontown. She is survived by her husband, Richard Patrick, and they shared a great love story and life together. Gladys was a brilliant businesswoman and was the CEO of Richard Chevrolet Inc. and Patrick Dodge Chrysler Inc. of Connellsville. She also received the distinct honor from General Motors Corporation as being the first female Chevrolet franchise dealer in Southwestern Pennsylvania in 1986. An inspiration to everyone she met, Gladys fought the complications of diabetes with courage, optimism and strength, and she spread her joy to every person in her life. A beautiful mother, loving wife, loyal friend, talented singer and most of all an amazing human being, Gladys touched people with her tenacity, her personality and her generosity. Gladys is survived by two children, Richard Brian Patrick and wife, Jacqueline, of Uniontown, and Andrea Lynn (Patrick) Forte and husband, Fabian, of Connellsville; a sister, Lucille Robison; and two brothers, David Verbus and Robert Verbus. Gladys was blessed with many close friends in her life who she considered to be part of her own family. She was always known as "Momma G,""Mrs. P," Mom, Grandmom or Great Grandma G, names given to Gladys by those who loved her. She touched many of our lives in different ways. It would take us years to say. She was a special angel to all who knew her well and to all of us this is a very difficult farewell. Gladys Patrick was the true meaning of beauty. Friends of Gladys may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the DOLFI FUNERAL HOME, 136 N. Gallatin Ave., Uniontown, and until 9 a.m. Wednesday, the time of a blessing service. A Mass of Christian Burial follows at 9:30 a.m. in St. Therese de Lisieux Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Kenneth Zaccagnini, V.F., as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery.

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