portrait picture for Patti Jane Murphy Birchard

Memorial Service:Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 10:00 A.M. – United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Avenue Contributions:In Lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to your favorite charity in Patti’s name.

Patti Jane Murphy Birchard

September 9, 1937 ~ February 11, 2013

Patti Jane Murphy Birchard of Norwalk, died peacefully in her home on Monday February 11, 2013. Patti was 75 years young.

Patti was the wife of the late Douglas James Birchard, best friend and love of her life, and daughter of the late Peter J. and Eleanor N. Murphy.

Born in Toledo Ohio, as a teenager Patti moved with her family to Connecticut. A graduate of Norwalk High School, Patti then attended the University of Connecticut.

Married for 55 years, Patti and Doug raised their family on Bell Island in the Rowayton section of Norwalk.

Working various jobs in Norwalk as a medical receptionist, her most memorable years were spent in Dr. Tracey’s Office on East Avenue. Patti also worked at the Top Drawer Dress shop owned by her late mother Eleanor Murphy.

Patti’s greatest accomplishment was being a beloved mother of 5, a deeply loved grandmother of 12, and great grandmother of 2.

She is survived by her children Gary L. Birchard, Robert J. Birchard and his wife Donna (Raymond), Lori A. Ungemack, Wendy J. Gaipa and her husband Thomas, and Suellan P. Birchard. In addition to her children she is survived by her grandchildren Robert M. Birchard, Corrie Angell and her husband Mikel, Emily Ungemack, Timothy Gaipa, Christopher Ungemack, Daniel Gaipa, Kimberly Birchard, Eliza Ungemack, Elizabeth Birchard, Casey Gaipa, Jessica Birchard, and Samantha Birchard also known as “The B.U.G. Club”. And her great-grandchildren

Christopher Angell and Emma Angell.

Patti is survived by her sister Susan Cundari of Norwalk and predeceased by her sister Jodelle O’Brien.

Patti is deeply missed by her lap companion Bella.

Patti, whose love for the water was only surpassed by her love for Doug and her family, will always be remembered for the smile on her face and her beautiful blue eyes shining on a warm summers day, which will reflect in our hearts forever.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. in the United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Avenue.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to your favorite charity in Patti’s name.


  1. Patti you will be missed by many,you always made me feel at home,and your were my facebook buddy ,Ienjoyed your comments and the love for your Family.Reast peacefully you are with Dougie now looking over and watching the Birchard Family.

    February 12, 2013
    Richard Spivack -
  • Patti,
    You will truly be missed by so many people! You were one classy woman and I feel so honored to have known you and to have been able to reconnect with you over the past two years!!!!
    You are back with the love of your life, Dougie! May the two of you whoop it up Birchard style in heaven!!!!!
    Love always to you and the family….. XOXO

    February 12, 2013
    Denise Ripley -
  • Patti;
    You and Dougie were the sweetest people I have ever know, I will always remember how much fun we all had in Belle Island with you and your great kids..My heart hurts..Love to your family, But I know you are back with the love of your life..


    February 12, 2013
    Lynn Bradford McNeely -
  • To the Birchard Family,
    Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you—-we go “way back” as families and are so happy to have known your Mom. Her beloved Dougie, her family, Audrey and Don, Auntie Jeanne and all that have gone before her have their arms wide open to welcome your Mom back with them. Please know how sorry we are for this time in your lives and we will remember your family in our prayers!!!

    All our love—–

    February 12, 2013
    The Billmeyer Family -
  • Patti you will be missed by many and you and Doug were always so happy go lucky, you brought smiles to everyone you came in contact with 🙂 R.I.P. Patti and give Doug our love !

    February 12, 2013
    Domenic and Lynn Casa -
  • I was so looking forward to hopefully meeting you when I come to visit in March…and so sad and disappointed when I found out that would not be happening. I would see your comments on facebook on Wendy’s page and saw all of the vacation pictures and thought you seemed so sweet, looked like such a very classy, fun lady, and had kind, compassionate beautiful blue eyes. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul…and there is no doubt in my mind that yours was a beautiful one. I hope you enjoyed my daughter Julia, I could tell she loved you and said many nice things about you! You are at peace with Jesus and your husband now, and I know all three of you will be watching over your loving family that misses you so terribly. Please ask God to bring peace and comfort to them all.


    February 12, 2013
    Laura Frey -
  • I am so sorry that I never had the chance to meet you, but i know you were very loved. Lori always talked about your beautiful blue eyes and your love of the water and St.Augustine (one of my favorite places). I know you are in heaven dancing with your husband and together you will be the strength in your children and grandchildren’s hearts forever…

    February 12, 2013
    Kim Mitchell -
  • I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of Pat. She was an amazing person that gave everything she had to her family and friends, and I’ll always be grateful of how she provided her guidance and wisdom to my children throughout their lives. Along with Doug, they’ve created a family heritage that will proudly go on.

    You’ll truly be missed Pat.


    February 14, 2013
    Curt Ungemack -
  • Patti,

    I am so very sorry for your wonderful families loss, yet happy for you and Mopers reunion. You were the love of each others life. I have many many fond memories of you and the love you had for all your extended family members.

    Love you…..Donna

    February 15, 2013
    Donna Taylor Ferguson -
  • To Robert and family our deepest condolence in the passing of your mother, your family are in our prayers.

    God’s Blessings
    Allan & Marjorie Bennett

    February 15, 2013
    Allan Bennett -
  • To Robert and family our deepest condolence in the passing of your mother, your family is in our prayers.

    Earth has no sorrow r that Heaven can not heal.
    Allan & Marjorie Bennett

    February 15, 2013
    Allan Bennett -
  • Patti Birchard will be missed by everyone that knew her. She was a wonderful woman in a wonderful family. Patty and Doug always treated me like family, and I will always consider that an honor and privilege. To Bob, Gary, Lori, Wendy and Sueellen, my deepest condolences. You are all family to me. Good times and good memories. My thoughts are with you all. I’m sad, but take great comfort in knowing that Doug greeted Patti with a big grin and hug. He missed her as we all miss both of them. Thanks for everything Patti.

    February 16, 2013
    Mike Gibbs -
  • Aunt Patti – I have so many fond memories of visiting with you, Doug, Mimi and the entire family. It was always fun with lots of laughs. Since my mom passed, every time I saw a picture of you I was reminded of her so much that I was compelled to call you. For all of us, especially your family, your passing is very hard to accept, but I hope we can all find some comfort in knowing that you are reunited with Doug. I can only imagine the party; you and my mom are having a huge seafood dinner, Doug and my dad are laughing and drinking beer, Mimi is yelling everyone to do something and Pete is just smiling in background. Enjoy heaven Patti.

    February 16, 2013
    Hank & Carol O'Brien -
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