Patricia Renwart Obituary (1925 – 2021) – Bonita Springs, FL

Patricia was a WWII Veteran, serving with the Allied Forces in the British Royal Navy (W.R.N.S.). As a “WREN” her job was a writer in signal intelligence. On VE Day (Victory in Europe) she had a chance meeting and danced with a handsome aircraft mechanic who had come to serve in the R.A.F. Belgian Division. Married in Manchester, England, she followed her husband to Brussels, Belgium where they had their first three children. With a transfer to New York with SABENA Airlines in 1952, they started their American life and had their fourth child.
Pat obtained her Stockbroker’s License at a time there were few working mothers. She was a Welcome Wagon Lady and a World Book Encyclopedia salesperson. Desiring to further her education, Pat began attending Nassau Community and Molloy Colleges, graduating with a B.A., Summa Cum Laude. Higher learning took her to Hofstra and Stonybrook Universities earning dual Masters in French, ultimately receiving her ABD (All But Dissertation) for her PhD in TESOL from N.Y.U. In the 1980s she was an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Farmingdale in the Language Department. As a French and ESOL teacher, she was able to help students from all nationalities. Pat then opened her own school, The Language Institute of Long Island as Director. Pat was the first to volunteer at St. Bernard’s Church to help with the transition of refugees from Vietnam, teaching them English.
Upon retirement, Pat and Emile built a log home on Lake Gaston, NC and traveled the country in their RV. Through their church, Pat continued her volunteer work teaching English to Hispanic migrant workers as well as serving local charitable organizations including the local Fire Department.
When rural life got too much for them, they found their way to Bonita Springs, FL. Pat was active in St. Leo’s Church, making Moses Baskets, joining the knitting group and helping the Christian Brothers at Manor Christian. She created a program for the local Hispanics teaching ESOL.
In her later years, although challenged with poor eyesight and hearing, she was still able to work most days on her “COMPUTA” completing two textbooks using her own method of teaching English. Additionally, she recently finished a book of her memoirs.
Pat was able to spend her last years living with her three daughters who live three houses in a row. Anyone who knew Pat saw that she was intelligent, strong willed, determined and ready t take on the world. She will be greatly missed.
Pat is survived by her three daughters, Anne (George) Vola, Kathleen Renwart-Ruano and Simone (Christopher) Davies; grandchildren, Nicole Vola, Alexander Renwart and Arielle Renwart. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emile Renwart; son, Serge Renwart and his wife, Pauline; and son-in-law, George Ruano.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11 AM in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Bonita Springs.
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Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home and Crematory, Family Owned and Operated since 1978.

Published by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home on Sep. 10, 2021.

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