Obituary: Patricia Gayer Sidas, 72

Patricia Gayer (Degnan) Sidas, 72, of Wilton, Conn., passed away on Sept. 5, 2016, at Norwalk Hospital. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Walter Sidas (Vladas Sidzikauskas), and her parents, Howard and Helen (Gayer) Degnan.

Patricia was born on Oct. 26, 1943 in New Haven, Conn., and raised in Clinton, Conn. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn., and an MBA from Baruch College in New York, N.Y. She married her true love, Walter, on June 8, 1968 at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Together, they raised two children.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Sidas lived to serve others. As an active member in PTA, she served as PTA President not only in New York but also when the family relocated to Connecticut. She served the people of Connecticut as a Commissioner to the Education Commission of the States. Patricia loved classical music and her love of singing drew her to become a member of the Ridgefield Chorale, where she also served as President for the organization.

Patricia was a devoted Catholic and active parishioner at Annunciation Lithuanian Parish in Brooklyn, N.Y., as well as a singer in the church choir. She was a Lady of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Patricia also embraced the Lithuanian Community in New York and served to help organizations such as the Lithuanian School or Lithuanian Scouts. Thinking of others, Patricia was always willing to cook, bake, make homemade jam and bring flowers or vegetables from her beloved garden in the community garden in Wilton.

Mrs. Sidas is survived by her son, Walter A. Sidas, her daughter Zita J. Sidas, her sister Helen-Marie (Degnan) Martel and her husband Joe Martel and her cousin Faith (Gayer) Fisher and her husband Bob Fisher. Patricia is also survived by nephew Tom McCarthy, niece Diane (McCarthy) Golden, niece Patricia (McCarthy) Chin, nephew Joe Martel Jr., niece Sandy (Martel) van Sciver with their spouses and children.

A closed casket visitation for friends and family will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. A Latin Requiem Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk. Interment will be at the direction of the family. A memorial mass will be held at Annunciation Church in Brooklyn at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a children’s charity of your choice.