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Patricia Kinon


IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of the forecasted snowstorm, the Funeral Mass has be rescheduled from Tuesday, March 14 and will now take place on WEDNESDAY, March 15 at 9:30 AM. The visiting hours will still be on Monday, March 13 as originally scheduled.

Patricia M. Kinon, age 69 of Pompton Lakes, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Patti, as she was affectionately known, was born in Paterson, but grew up in Clifton and Saddle Brook. The oldest of Salvatore “Sam” and Elsa Regina “Jean” (nee Larkin) Sangis’ two daughters, her parent’s desire for her and her sister was a well-grounded, faith-based education, so both girls attended Pope Pious XII High School in Passaic and Patti was a proud member of the graduating Class of 1965.

Patti always displayed a flair of creativity and, following graduation, she concentrated her creative passions toward beauty by enrolling in the Capri Beauty School in Clifton. Using her sister Jeanne as her favorite “go-to-mannequin”, Patti perfected the art of women’s hairstyle fashion but eventually her focus shifted when she became grossed out by the women who would just come in to the salon for what was known as a “re-comb.” To Patti, the gross part was that, apparently to many customers, a re-comb didn’t require the washing of their hair for their appointment. Patti moved on to other endeavors but was always available for private hair appointments with family and close friends.

In 1962, during a party at her best friend and next door neighbor Loretta’s house, Patti first crossed paths with a nice guy named Jeffery Kinon who just happened to be good friends with Loretta’s boyfriend Tommy. It was because of Tommy that Jeffery, his brother, and his buddy Frank ended up being at the same party. On a separate occasion, Jeff, Patti and their friends all jumped in Jeff’s car because he had the driver’s license, and headed off to the local White Castle hamburger joint. Upon returning to Patti’s house, when they got on her street, Patti abruptly told Jeff to drop her off several doors from her house so her father wouldn’t see her with him. Too late! As the words of instruction were coming out of her mouth, here came her father roaring down the street in his own car. He pulled up to Jeff, rolled down the window and exclaimed, “What do you think my daughter is, some kind of tomato? Now get out of here and don’t come back!” Well, Jeff came back anyway…..again and again. Patti’s father eventually warmed up to him and it’s a good thing he did. They were married on Saturday, January 17, 1970 at Holy Trinity Church in Passaic by a priest who was experiencing a level of swaying inebriation which also caused him to call Patti by the wrong name. After a memorable reception at the Cotillian Banquet Hall in Garfield, Patti and Jeff honeymooned on Paradise Island in the Bahamas before settling into one of the Manchester Apartments on Valley Road in Wayne for two years. In 1972 they purchased their own home in Pompton Lakes. That home was meant to be a temporary stepping stone to a better one but, because of double-digit mortgage interest rates at the time, and Patti’s amazing skills at making a mere house into a warm and welcoming home, Patti and Jeff have continued to live there for the past 45 years.

Patti worked for Elrob Manufacturing – a parts supplier for General Motors Corporation in Cedar Grove. More recently, she was employed by Emerald Healthcare in Wayne. While she always enjoyed the respect and company of her coworkers, Patti’s real passion was caring for her family, including her beautiful daughter Danielle who she and Jeff were blessed to welcome in 1978. She was extremely devoted to Danielle pouring all of her attention and devotion into insuring her with a great childhood. Early on, Danielle displayed a real talent as a little soccer player in the Pompton Lakes Recreational League. Having no real interest in the game herself, Patti never-the-less became the consummate “soccer mom” by attending all those games to cheer Danielle on. And as her daughter progressed to travel leagues and playing for the Pompton Lakes High School team, Patti never missed a game. She also volunteered with Danielle’s Girl Scout Troop and, while not crazy at all about camping trips, she attended anyway. She was also a tremendous asset to Girl Scouts with her artistic contributions. Patti always enjoyed the family’s annual trips to Cape Cod – especially going crabbing and enjoying all the wonderful restaurants at night (and not having to cook herself).

Much of Patti’s time was enjoyed immersing herself in her artistic pursuits. Her special focus was painting – especially wood ornaments which she was regularly chosen by juried crafters to display at prominent craft shows like the annual one at Lambert Castle in Paterson. Her trademark on all her creations was her little initials “PK” which her loyal customers always looked for. She was a better artist than business woman so she could easily be bartered with but, while she did it for the money, there is no doubt, Patti did it more for the love of creating beautiful crafts that would bring joy to her customers. No doubt, Patti’s house was filled with her own art and it was always festively decorated for every holiday including the obvious ones like Easter, Halloween and Christmas, but also the more obscure ones like Flag Day and Valentine’s Day. She and Jeff used to love getting dressed up in Halloween costumes to greet the trick–or-treaters that would ring there doorbell. When it came to art, it seemed that Patti could do anything. She was a longtime member of the Pompton Lakes Woman’s Club and the other women were all too happy to have Patti lead their club to numerous victories in their annual scrap-booking competitions between other woman’s club chapters. Patti loved sharing her artistic gifts with others. Her daughter Danielle especially appreciated this quality that her mom possessed and recalls the thoughtful things she would do for her, like the time she gave her a gift encased in an ice sculptor. It was fun waiting for the ice to melt to receive the surprise of that gift inside!

Already as a young girl Patti loved going to Atlantic City. Her father would take her along on bus trips to there that he would organize. That love of “AC” continued and regular trips were made down the Garden State Parkway so she could play the slot machines. She also had fond memories growing up of trips to the old Liberty Bell Park Racetrack in Northern Philadelphia and the Monmouth Park Race Track in Oceanport, NJ.

Everyone is going to miss Patti’s lively personality and humorous demeanor. They’ll miss hearing about her striking up a friendly conversation with perfect strangers in the store, and hearing her incredible laugh when she was being told one of the funny “little boy stories” that her adored grandsons Parker and Declan would tell. They’ll miss the quirky, crazy, unexplainable things she would do like the time she walked right across her daughter’s soccer field while the game was in progress and she had seemingly no idea that this was not good!

Patti was a great inspiration through her handling of a brave and fierce battle with breast cancer. The chemo treatments damaged Patti’s heart and, unfortunately, a disorder which caused her to have chronically low blood platelet counts prevented her doctors from being able to perform more surgeries. Patti’s daughter and grandson have been diagnosed with this same low platelet disorder so it is Patti’s wish that if you feel so inclined to consider an expression of sympathy in her memory, that you consider giving a gift to the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) 8751 Brecksville Road, Suite 150, Cleveland, Ohio 44141 (

Surviving are her beloved husband of 47 years – Jeffery; loving daughter Danielle and husband Peter Walsh of Towaco; adored grandsons: Parker and Declan; dear sister: Jeanne and husband George Morris of Pompton Lakes; dear nieces and nephews: George Morris, Samantha Morris, Jennifer Kinon, Cristina Kinon, Ric Kinon, Mike Kinon, Alison Lehnert, Kim LaHart, Stephanie Ahrens, and Connor Morris; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Victor and wife Martha Kinon, Stephen and wife Christina Kinon, Cheryl Ahrens, and Alex and wife Doreen Kinon.

Friends may visit with the family on Monday, March 13, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held at 8:30 AM on WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 from the funeral home then to St. Mary’s RC Church, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes where a 9:30 AM Mass will be offered. Interment will follow at Pompton Reformed Church Cemetery, Pompton Lakes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of the forecasted snowstorm, the Funeral Mass has be rescheduled from Tuesday, March 14 and will now take place on WEDNESDAY, March 15 at 9:30 AM. The visiting hours will still be on Monday, March 13 as originally scheduled. 

Guest Book


Gregg and I send our sincere sympathy to the Kinon family. She was a sweet lady. It was a pleasure knowing Pat and sharing our children's experiences as they grew up.

Jeanne and Gregg Rihmond


Our favorite cousin who was loved so very much. Our thoughts of confort and sorrow to all lives she touched. She will live in our hearts and memory forever.

Wendy, Tony, & Luca Zelanti


One of the BEST NEIGHBOR AND FRIEND anyone can have live next door to. Pat, you will truly be missed. With tears in our eyes we will always remember all the great talks, laughs and fun we enjoyed with you. God Bless your family you leave behind to reminisce of all the wonderful things you have done in life. We love and miss you so much. Xoxoxo. Carrie, Ed and Carlie Rose Canavan

Carrie and Ed Canavan


Jeanne, we are so very sorry for the loss of your sister. Sending love and prayers to you and your family. Bob & Teri

The Demarests


Jeanne, so sorry to hear this sad news. Sending my sympathies to your family.

Karen Moore


To the Kinon Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In sympathy, Larry and Peggy DeMaio Family

Peggy DeMaio


Jeff - Pat and I are so truly sorry for your loss.

Pat & Ray Forrester


Jeff-So sorry for your loss.My her sole rest in piece. I'm in Myrtle Beach and will be able to attend the funeral. My prayers are with you.

Marty Herrmann


Jeff & family: I was shocked to hear of your loss. I am so sorry for your loss and am holding you in my prayers.

Jack Sinsimer

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