VENICE, FLA. – Patricia Love (Wappler) Whittemore passed peacefully at her home in Venice, FL, Dec. 20, 2013. She was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Bangor and adopted at an early age by Eric and Leona (Atkinson) Love of Dover Foxcroft, where “Patsy” grew up and later graduated from Foxcroft Academy.
She then attended Pine Manor Junior College in Massachusetts before returning home, where she married Frederick C. Wappler Jr. in 1956. Together they moved to New York City where Frederick III and Reinhold (Ron) Wappler were born and spent their early years. Patricia was predeceased by her first husband in 1975. She later met and then married M. Bruce Whittemore of Connecticut in 1979, and lovingly embraced six more children through that union. They lived in Conn. until retiring to Punta Gorda, FL where they enjoyed a very active thirteen years of boating and golfing before relocating to their present home in Venice, FL. Patricia was a member of the Venice Golf & Country Club, enjoyed reading, music, dance, the arts, and taking cruises with her husband. She was a volunteer for “Meals on Wheels” for a decade and then gave of her time to provide respite care with the local hospice center up until the time of her death. Patricia loved life, but even more so, she loved her family. She showered her love and joy on all, and was an unstoppable force; always on the go, always doing for others. She is now, finally, at rest.
In addition to her devoted husband of 34 years, M. Bruce Whittemore, Patricia leaves behind eight children, Fred C. Wappler III and partner, Lori of Dover Foxcroft and Nokomis, FL; Reinhold (Ron) Wappler and wife, Andrea, of South Freeport, Judy Millinowski and husband, Roger, of Boothbay Harbor, Gail O’Grady and husband, Thomas, of Norwalk, CT, Carol Yagley and husband, Gene, of North Port, FL, Diane Sheridan and husband, Brian, of Stratford, CT; Adria Moran and husband, Jim, of Greer, SC; and Bruce Whittemore, of Clinton , NJ; 21 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three nieces and five nephews. In addition to her husband, Patricia was predeceased by her brother, Eric Love, Jr. of Dover Foxcroft. She will forever be missed by all of her family, as well as special friends, Bob and Betsy Arndt, Rita Mathis, and Carolyn Landy.
Patricia’s wishes were to be cremated in Venice, and a memorial service will be held in Maine this summer, where her ashes will be strewn on Sebec Lake, a place she dearly loved. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Patricia’s name to Tidewell Hospice at 220 Wexford Blvd. in Venice, FL 34293.