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03/15/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
Patty Wirtz Rash

Patricia Wirtz Power Rash
(17 Feb 1947 - 10 Mar 2017)

Weymouth (MA) High School Class of 1965

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I am saddened to bring you this news today.  Patty Wirtz Rash, wife of Bill Rash ('67) of VA, passed away in Hampton on Friday, March 10, 2017, three weeks after her 70th birthday. 

From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA - 03/13/17, 6:28 PM - "Sad News":

In case you are not on Facebook and part of our NNHS class of 67 page - I wanted to let you know that Bill Rash's wife Patty passed away on Friday.

His address is 780 North First Street, Hampton, VA 23664.

(Thanks, Debby Braswell Miller ('67 - of VA), for letting me know.)

    Oh, Marty, I'm so very sorry to hear this! I met Patty at your 40-Year Reunion in 2007 and really enjoyed speaking with her.

From the Daily Press - 03/15/17: 

                  Patricia Wirtz Rash

    HAMPTON - Patricia "Patty" Rash, 70, of Hampton, Va., passed away March 10, 2017, surrounded by loved ones.

Born Feb. 17, 1947, in Quincy, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Riley Wirtz and Annalea Wirtz Loud Swerdlow. She graduated from Weymouth High School in Weymouth Mass. and received a degree in medical technology from Northeastern University.

Patty lived for several decades in Malo Beach, and cherished being with family and enjoying beach life.

She is survived by her husband of 24 years, William Rash; her children, Kevin Power and wife, Meg, of Richmond; Katie Derr and husband, Shannon, of Chester, Va.; David Rash of Pearisburg, Va.; Dawn Bennett of Alfred, N.Y.; her son, Patrick; and three grandchildren: Beatrix, Joshua and Patrick.

She is also survived by sisters Dr. Susan Gilbert, of Houston, Texas, and Dory Louden, of Marblehead, Mass.

She was preceded in death by a son, Patrick Power, II.

  Her family thanks Violet Patterson, Patty's best friend, who supported and encouraged her during her last years.

A private celebration of Patty's life will be held this summer.

In lieu of donations, please take an hour or two to help someone who may need help more than you.

Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, Hampton, Va.View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on March 15, 2017.

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March 15, 2017

Our prayers go out to Patty's family and Violet. We spent many fun years together at Malo Beach. We will truly miss her.

~ Sue and Doug Black, Buckroe Beach, Virginia

March 15, 2017

I'm so sorry for your loss. Patty and I worked together at Peninsula Psych. Patty could make your day with her humorous way of looking at things.

~ Debbie Wintermantel, Yorktown, V

March 15, 2017

Patty lived next door at Buckroe Beach. "Evenin'" was echoed by her, at sunset, most nights. Her laughter and bright smile will be missed on the deck, but the heavens will now shine a little brighter! RIP.

Joyce Glenn Bush, Fredericksburg, Virginia

March 15, 2017

Very sorry for your loss, Bill. Patty's terrific smile and laugh will be missed. Remember all the good times at Ladies Day at the Beach!

~ Jeanne Lineberry, Hampton, V

March 15, 2017

To Bill and all of Patty's family...we send our deepest condolences for your loss. For many years our Wednesday nights were spent all together with our Josh's dinner group with such fun times. Patty didn't want to miss anything! We are thinking of all of you and will miss her.

~ Joan and Wayne Brown, Hampton, V

March 15, 2017

So very sorry for your loss, Bill - With deepest sympathy, Janice and Wayne Mallory

~ Janice and Wayne Mallory, Hampton, V

March 15, 2017

Bill, so sorry. I am shocked to hear this. I will forever remember the times at the beach. Love this picture of Patty; this is how I always remember her.

~ Yvonne Epley


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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Patty's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

This Is My Father's World

Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901
Traditional English Melody (Terra Beata), arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard, 1915

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

This is my Father’s world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, “The Lord is in this place.”
This is my Father’s world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Came—a pledge of deathless love.

This is my Father’s world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is King—let the heavens ring. God reigns—let the earth be glad.
This is my Father’s world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate’er my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

"This Is My Father's World" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/19/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Flower Bar 35 clip art courtesy of - 01/27/10

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