Obituary: Patricia (Wilder) Keckler

Patricia (Wilder) Keckler

OXFORD — Patricia Mary (Wilder) Keckler, 77, of Oxford, beloved wife of 50 years to the late William L. Keckler, entered into eternal rest Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at Yale New Haven Hospital.

She was born in Bristol on Sept. 17, 1935, the loving daughter of the late Richard L. and Agnes Massey Wilder. She was a devout communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church of Oxford. Patricia was a retired employee of Hassler Incorporated of Shelton. She had moved from Ansonia to Oxford in 1968. She was an avid homemaker, sports enthusiast, loved to garden and sew and especially loved her cherished grandchildren. Patricia was a member of the Bicentennial History Flag Team, long time unit president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 174, Oxford, past president 2nd District American Legion Auxiliary and numerous chairmanships, Le Petit Chapeau Pasé of 8/40 Salon 60, long time volunteer at West Haven Veterans Hospital, West Haven, many years as American Legion Department of Connecticut Poppy co-chairman. Also she was a member of La Caissiere 8/40 Salon 60 Departmental La Caissiere. She had mentored at Bungay School of Seymour.

Her loving family includes three caring sons Lawrence W. Keckler and his wife Amy of Branford, Edward J. Keckler of Waterbury, and William H. Keckler and his wife Beth of Seymour, and a devoted daughter Cynthia Keckler of Oxford; her beloved brother Richard A. Wilder of Lakeland, Fla., and six cherished grandchildren, Matthew, Ryan, Shayna, Erica, Jeremy, and Hayden Keckler, and several nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church ,733 Oxford Road, Oxford on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 at 10 a.m. Inurnment at Southford Cemetery, Oxford will take place in private at the convenience of the family. Friends and relatives may call on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Miller-Ward Funeral Home, 260 Bank St.,(Route 67) Seymour (opposite Klarides Village).

Memorial gifts may be made in Patricia’s memory to The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 174, 43 Oxford Road, (Route 67) Oxford, CT 06478.

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