Patricia A. Harper, age 79, of 265 Main Street, Hackettstown died Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center of Hackettstown, NJ. Patricia was born January 2, 1941 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to the late Joseph and Angeline (Kumba) George. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Richard George and a brother-in law Robert Marx.
Pat, along with her husband Bill, was the Owner of Harpers Bakery, a family run business for 35 years in Hackettstown, NJ. She had a fondness for her many loyal customers and considered them all close friends. She proudly served her community as a member of the Town Council for two terms, and went on to become the first woman elected Mayor of Hackettstown. She honorably served as Sergeant of Arms for the NJ State Assembly. In addition, she served as Chairperson of the Hackettstown Municipal Utilities Authority, the Hackettstown Library Board and the Environmental Commission.
Pat also volunteered her time as a CCD teacher, Girl Scout leader, and delivered Meals on Wheels . She was always happy to help anyone in need.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, William Harper, 5 beloved daughters: Joan Repasy and husband Louis, Patricia Roehrich and husband Phillip, Angela Baldacchino and husband Angelo, Theresa Kuster and husband William, Melissa Harper. Seven beloved grandchildren, Joseph, Jessica, Julia and husband Gil, Johanna, Sean, Michael, Megan.
Sister, Mary Helen Marx, brother, Joseph George and wife Pat, and sister-in-law Judy George. Sr. Joan M. Harper, Jack Harper and wife Sandy, David Harper and wife Vivian, Rita Corbett and husband Patrick, Mary Doak and husband Howard, Julie Crabill and husband Steve and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Visitation will be held outdoors, following social distancing guidelines, on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 2-6 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J.
Immediately following the Memorial Visitation, the funeral service will be held at 5:30 pm with Dr. Rev. Frank Fowler officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the Hackettstown Rescue Squad, Hackettstown Fire Department, or to a charity of your choice.