Monday, March 28, 2011

Louise E. Patterson

Belmont, NY - Louise E. Patterson, 88, of State Route 19 South passed away on Friday, March 25, 2011 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a long illness. She was born September 3, 1922 in North Tonawanda the daughter of the late Benjamin and Rose (Drewes) Grawe. On June 22, 1946 in North Tonawanda she married James W. Patterson who survives.

Louise was raised in North Tonawanda and graduated from North Tonawanda High School in 1940. She graduated from Brockport State Teachers College in 1944 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She taught second and third grade at Belmont Central School for many years, retiring in 1984. She loved teaching and children, and enjoyed playing the piano, the organ and flower gardening. She was a member of the Belmont United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to husband are three children, Marie Patterson of Belmont, William (Leslie) Patterson of Casanova, VA and Sue (Greg) Martocello of Chili, six grandchildren, Jeremy (Jill) Lambert of Camden, Jason Lambert of Belmont, Michelle (Scott) Stockton of Cheektowaga, Andrea (Nathan) Viar of Culpeper, VA and Adam and Kara Martocello of Chili, six great grandchildren, Alyssa, Brayden, Andrew, Kaylie, Silas and Sophia as well as several nieces & nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family and there will be no prior visitation. Interment will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Memorial donations can be made to the Belmont United Methodist Church, 7 Park Circle, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. I was one of the many who had the priviledge of calling Mrs. Patterson my favorite teacher in all of my school years at Belmont Central. There was never a more caring and compassionate teacher than her and I have many fond memories to this day of Mrs. Pattersons second grade. One in particular I will never forget was how we would bring "albums" to listen to at recess and we would dance to them. Memories just don't get any better than Mrs. Patterson rocking out to REO Speedwagon and Devo.
    My sincere condolences to the family. She was a precious woman.

    Dawn (Osterhout) Davis

  2. Leslie (Mapes) KeeslerMarch 28, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Mrs. Patterson taught me Science when I was in second grade. She was such a wonderful person! She also was a neighbor to my Grandmother. I have many fond memories of both Mr. and Mrs. Patterson. I remember admiring their beautiful garden as a child. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sorrowful time.

  3. Mrs. Patterson was a wonderful woman; patient, kind, and an outstanding and favorite teacher. She calmly captured and kept the attention of her young students. Her warm, caring personality immediately made those around her feel at home. She had style and grace and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.

    Laura & John Whitney

  4. Mrs. Patterson was my second grade teacher in 1981. I have such fond memories of being in her class. She taught us to sing "Silent Night" in German (which I still remember). I recall her giving us M&M's for every time we would write our spelling words and working hard to get 100% on my spelling tests. She was such a great lady! I adored her. I also remember running back to school to tell her that President Ronald Regan had been shot. I will never forget the look of devastation on her face. She was such a caring person. Mrs. Patterson will forever be in my heart. She is great example of what a teacher should be and what an impact a good teacher can have on students. My thoughts are with her family at this time.
    Christina Whitney Maynard