May 29, 1933 – March 29, 2013

NORTH TONAWANDA – Patricia F. Becht of North Tonawanda, a longtime medical secretary and community volunteer, died Friday in Northgate Health Care Facility.

She was 79.

Born in Buffalo, the former Patricia Palmer earned a bachelor’s degree in 1955 from the former Rosary Hill College. She worked as an administrative secretary in the radiology department of Buffalo General Hospital for seven years, and for 12 years she worked as secretary to Dr. George Cohn, a noted neurosurgeon.

For many years, she volunteered for Shea’s Performing Arts Center and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan D’Arcy and Elizabeth Caruana; a son, Joseph; and two sisters, Rosemary Spano and Sally Roberts.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 800 Niagara Falls Blvd. Prayers will be said at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.