Obituary for Patricia “Patsy” Marie Zack

Patricia “Patsy” Marie Zack

KILLINGTON—Patricia “Patsy” Marie Zack, 72, died Sunday, April 17 surrounded by her family. Patsy was born Oct. 2, 1943 in Albany, N.Y. the daughter of John William and Marie (Hamilton) Cullen.

After graduating from high school in Albany, Patsy went on to graduate from St. Peter’s Hospital as a registered nurse. She moved to Boston working as a nurse for Boston Edison, until she and her girlfriends relocated to Killington. She began working during the day at the ski school desk and nights at local watering holes. While enjoying one of those nights at the Wobbly Barn, sheriff Howard “Howie” Zack checked her ID and stole her heart. They married soon after on April 15, 1972.

Patsy went on to establish her career at the Rutland Regional Medical Center spending the remainder of her professional life there. She was an avid volunteer and became an integral part of the Killington community. She was elected to the Board of selectmen in Killington and found a passion for organizing the Fourth of July parade. In addition to enjoying her own flower gardens she was a member of the Dirty Girls Garden Club, and loved dancing and marching with them in the parade. Her brilliant mind, crazy Irish spirit, infectious smile and giving attitude was a gift to the community as well as to her family and friends.

Patsy is survived by her daughter Sarah Marie Zack Hewitt; her son Commander Joseph Matthew Zack; granddaughters Avery Marie and Rollins Frances; brothers William and James Cullen; and her sister Maureen Zabatta. She is predeceased by her husband Howie.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Sherburne United Church of Christ followed by a celebration of her life and time to share stories at the Foundry in Killington.

Memorial donations can be made to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472, 800-272-3900,

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