Patricia Ann Reaser Yetman of West Roxbury MA, and Harpswell ME, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer. Patricia was a loving wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She is survived by her beloved husband Robert, her mother Terry, her brother Neal, nieces Hailey and Jennie, nephew William, and many dear friends.
Patricia grew up in Irondequoit NY and graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Biology. In her role as Administrative Director of the Renal Division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she provided selfless support to researchers, staff and doctors, and invaluable mentoring to scores of coworkers within the organization. Her colleagues valued her judgement, honesty, intellect, attention to detail, and compassion.
One of Patricia’s greatest legacies is her thoughtfulness and warmth, expressed in part through her lifelong habit of making small and not so small gifts, all exquisitely wrapped. For major and minor celebrations, Patricia had the impeccable sense of creating or finding the most appropriate gift for family, friends and coworkers. Patricia and Robert created a joyous, beautiful life together, hosting generous and elegant meals, enjoying their house on the Maine coast, and celebrating an annual holiday of their own invention; House Day, the anniversary of the day they bought their West Roxbury home, when they sat together on the front stoop and split a bottle of champagne.
Patricia valued the unique relationship she nurtured with her nieces Hailey and Jennie and her nephew Will. Hailey recalls her first of many “kitchen lessons” at 8 years old when she and Patricia made pumpkin pie together. Patricia and Robert spent a delicious week in Paris with Jennie and a fantastic visit with Will in Edinburgh when they studied abroad. All three cherish memories of chatting in the kitchen with their beloved “AP.”
With her husband and soulmate Robert, Patricia loved to garden, travel, do jigsaw puzzles, create and renovate, and she was famous for her open-door hospitality – including a large holiday house party for friends, neighbors, family and curlers held annually on Old Christmas. She loved farmers’ markets (Brunswick ME a favorite) and discovering “finds” at Brimfield. Patricia was a member of Alpha Delta Pi and enjoyed travel and spa weekends with her sorority sisters.
The service for Patricia will be held at Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, at the Story Chapel on Thursday, September 2, at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, earmarked to the Division of Renal Medicine. For those who knit, consider donating a pair of children’s mittens to the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Rochester NY.