Patricia Doherty (DeNucci)
Patricia Maria (DeNucci) Doherty, 74, of Wellesley, died July 1, 2018 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of the Joseph M. Doherty for 53 years, she was the loving mother of Katherine M. Eld and her husband Michael and Joseph M. Doherty, Jr. and his wife Marylu (Lazzaro) and devoted grandmother of Joseph III and Julie Doherty and Alexandra Eld, all of Natick. Dear sister to the late A. Joseph DeNucci, former Auditor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, his wife Barbara of West Newton, and Anthony DeNucci of Marlborough. She is also survived by brothers-in-law Eugene Doherty and his wife Jackie of Sarasota, FL, and James Gleason of Natick, as well as many treasured nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters-in-law; Leo and Marion Doherty, Mary and William McLaughlin, Anne Doherty, Patricia Gleason, Eileen Doherty, John and Anne Doherty, Paul and Jean Doherty and Ellen Doherty. Mrs. Doherty was born on February 18, 1944 in Newton to the late Alexander and Katherine (Maiocca) DeNucci. She spent her early years in Watertown, and then her family moved to Newton where she attended Newton Public Schools and graduated from Newton High School in 1961. Following high school she attended and graduated from Chandler School for Women 1962, and worked as an Executive Assistant for Olin Mathieson’s Newton office, until the birth of her first child in October of 1966. On May 15, 1965, she married the love of her life, Joseph, and built a home in Natick, where they lived for the first ten years of their marriage. In 1976, they moved to Wellesley, where they built their dream home, and lived there for the past 42 years. For many years, she was a stay-at-home mom, caring for her husband and two children. In 1978, she returned to school to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. She graduated in 1981 from Massachusetts Bay Community College’s Nursing Program with an Associate Degree in Nursing and acquired her Registered Nurse’s license that fall. She continued her education by pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Regis College, as a proud member of their first graduating class in 1986. She also served as president of her graduating class, and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Over the course of her nursing career, she worked as a pediatric nurse at the Waltham-Weston Hospital, in Waltham and at the Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick. She also spent many years as a pediatric psychiatric nurse on the Child Development Unit at Leonard Morse Hospital. In 1987, she went to work for the City of Newton Public Health Department, where she worked as a School Nurse for 18 years until her retirement. She worked at the Cabot, Lincoln-Elliot (her former elementary school), Horace Mann and Franklin schools over the course of her tenure. This was the perfect job for her as she loved working with children, and she was a favorite among fellow nurses, faculty, staff, students and parents. She was the school nurse for many of her great nieces and nephews, which made her job all the more special. She also served as president of her union until her retirement in 2005. While proud of these accomplishments, her most treasured roles were those of wife, mother and grandmother. In her retirement, she spent most of her time with her husband, children and their spouses and her three grandchildren, the joys of her life—Joey III, Julie and Ally. She enjoyed swimming with them in the family pool, babysitting and in more recent years, spending time at their family home on Cape Cod. She cherished her family above anything else.