Karen Xavier Patch, 69, of Marblehead, and Rotonda West, Florida, died July 16.
She was born September 25, 1954, in Boston to Robert C. Xavier and Jacqueline Xavier Oldham.
Patch is survived by her husband of 25 years Charles W. Patch; sister Susan Page and her husband Daniel Page and niece Danielle Page and her partner Stephen Blevins; sister Bobbie Xavier and her daughter Bonnie Magee and her partner Anthony Navarro; sister-in-law Betty Patch Rickard and family; sister-in-law Bonnie Patch Grillo and family; and step-sister Judith Beaupre and family.
Patch lived a simple life, finding pleasure in her love of animals, especially her West Highland white terriers. She was an accomplished home cook known for dishes like her potato salad, deviled eggs and meals for her husband. She traveled extensively, including cruises to the Caribbean and South Pacific.
Patch poured love onto her nieces, never forgetting gifts and cards on birthdays and holidays. Friends remember her kindness, gentleness and ease.
A celebration of life potluck will be held August 6, 1 p.m., at 7 Bayview Rd. Donations in Patch’s memory can be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at secure.aspca.org.