Patricia "Patti" Lee Brenton

July 21, 1960 - March 27, 2021

Obituary For Patricia "Patti" Lee Brenton

***In keeping with Covid-19 sensitivities, friends and family will be honoring Patti with a Celebration of Life ceremony on Friday, April 16, 2021at 2:00 PM at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615. This service will be streamed on that day and time, please check back for an updated link. Family and friends are then invited to join a Fiesta to celebrate Patti’s beautiful life. This celebration will be at Brier Creek Country Club, 9400 Club Hill Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. *If you are attending either event, we ask that you PLEASE wear bright colors to honor Patti's wishes for a true celebration of her life and her colorful nature!

At the young age of 60, Patricia succumbed to her battle with cancer after three long years.

Patricia grew up in Stratford, Connecticut where she attended the Stratford Public School Systems. She later went on to attend and graduate from Quinnipiac University. After she went on to work in Respiratory Therapy in the hospitals of Connecticut. Patti continued her education and received her certification from Bridgeport Hospital as a respiratory therapist. She uprooted her life and decided to take on the Rocky Mountains and settled in Littleton, Colorado. Patti continued her career with several companies in the Denver areas working as a sales manager of multiple specialties and finally landed with a highly successful, 25-year career at GE Healthcare within various roles in the organization before finally finishing as a Strategic Director of National Accounts. Patti was an active member and leader within the South-Central Women’s Network which empowered women in the workplace.

Patricia lived her life to the fullest by traveling to several countries and states while enjoying all things from hiking, running, exploring new cities, listening to music and enjoying a margarita. While in Colorado, Patti spent endless weekends skiing at Keystone. She also enjoyed visiting Red Rocks and listening to outdoor concerts. The highlight of her life was spending time with her two grandchildren, Brynlee and Jack, playing barbies, cars, building sandcastles, teaching them how to swim or simply having a dance party.

Even up until the end, Patricia remained so positive and continued to share her smile throughout her fight. Per Patti fashion, she remained strong and independent.

Patricia is survived by her daughter, Kristen Walsh of Raleigh, NC; her parents, Ronald and Bonnie Brenton of Cavendish, VT; brother, Tom Brenton and his family of Cheshire, CT; and sister, Pam Polke and her family of Southbury, CT. She is also survived by her son-in-law, two grandchildren, nieces and nephews, great niece and great nephew and a grand puppy. Patti is also survived by her fiancé, Craig Reynolds of Atlanta, GA.

In keeping with Covid-19 sensitivities, friends and family will be honoring Patti with a Celebration of Life ceremony on Friday, April 16, 2021at 2:00 PM at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615. This service will be streamed on that day and time, please check back for an updated link. Family and friends are then invited to join a Fiesta to celebrate Patti’s beautiful life. This celebration will be at Brier Creek Country Club, 9400 Club Hill Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. *If you are attending either event, we ask that you PLEASE wear bright colors to honor Patti's wishes for a true celebration of her life and her colorful nature!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Patti to Girls Inc and/or Step Up as these are two organizations that support empowerment of women and girls. Another option for donations is UNC Chapel Hill Cancer Hospital where she received her treatments and spent her final days. Please make sure to select the Gynecologic Cancers department to make the donation.

**Please check back on April 16th at 2:00 for the direct link to watch the service.

Services

16
Apr

Funeral Service

02:00 PM
Renaissance Funeral Home
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
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16
Apr

A Gathering of Friends and Family

04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Brier Creek County Club
9400 Club Hill Drive
Raleigh, NC 27617
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Patti's energy and passion for life were infectious. I had the privilege to work with Patti for many years first at GE Healthcare as a colleague and later as a customer. I am deeply saddened that the bright light she brought to many of us was blown out far too soon, but am hopeful that the leadership she always exhibited to mentor and develop others will live on. I had checked in with her a few weeks before she passed away, and even then she was positive and hopeful on the next journey with immunotherapy. My thoughts and prayers are with Kristen, Craig, and the entire Brenton family!
- Ellen Street
To Patti's family I am very saddened to hear this news. I loved working with Patti for many years at Datex-Ohmeda. She always had a great way of ignoring politics and cutting across boundaries to get things done. She was a blast to travel with in our trips to Finland. I will miss her. Rick Brandl
- Rick Brandl
I worked with Patti many years at GE and she was always such a positive person to talk to about anything. I had the pleasure of knowing her as a friend, not just a GE employee. My heart breaks right now, my sympathy goes to all of her family and friends. She was a great person and will look for her when my time is up to share another laugh with her. Gregg Melby
- Gregg Melby
Patti and I were next door neighbors in Milwaukee. During that time we became very close friends. We had each others back. Together we spent many Friday nights having dinner (margaritas @Corazon)and Saturday mornings, doing yoga(coffee @Colectivo). My favorite times were at the pool. There, we would spend endless hours sipping wine and chatting. During that time I learned what an inspiring and kind person Patti was. Patti you will be missed by many. I love you!
- Jeanine Brennan
Patti and I worked together a GE. My memories are of an extraordinary human being with a wonderful sense of humor and appetite for life. She will be missed. RIP. Catherine Estrampes
- Estrampes catherine
Patricia's time at GE overlapped mine for over 20 years. Most of the time we were peers/ co-workers. For my last few years at GE I had the pleasure of managing Patricia. It was a great relationship that was both on a business and personal level. Even when Patricia first became ill she powered through it, refusing to go on leave. You would never have known she wasn't feeling well. Positive, happy, talented, family centered all describe her. Patricia, sleep well until we meet again. You will be missed.
- Jeff Gal
My sincere condolences to Patti's family and loved ones. I had the honor of working for Patti for a few years here at GE. She truly was a light, always so positive, kind and caring. She was a female leader to look up to and emulate! As a manager and co-worker, Patti was invested in the personal friendships she cultivated with everyone she worked with. She was the boss who inspired you to do your best and cheered you on every step of the way. Our GE team was blessed to have her and will miss her dearly. My prayers are with her family, as you celebrate the life of this talented, vibrant woman.
- Adrienne Selke
A celebration of life is most appropriate when reflecting on the impact of Patricia Brenton. Though my heart is deeply saddend by the news, your spirit, your heart, your voice of reasoning will be forever etched in the many lives you impacted at GE- including mine. So many days you stood up for what was right, but not always popular. You were my true partner. Thank you and job well done. Rest now. Forever missed & forever loved!
- Reggie Carter
Just last week we talked. You told me how you were back in the hospital. How you were going to fight this. How when you were out, we were going to get together at the beach, dip our toes in the water and drink fruity cocktails. That was so you, my friend. The warm, optimistic, planter of dreams that made us all feel good. I'm so grateful when we ended that conversation we told each other how much we cared for one another. Yet still what I wouldn't give for one more conversation. You will be so missed, Patti. You brought light and happiness to so many. I'm hoping that you're now dipping your toes in warm water and sipping on a delicious cocktail. XO
- Anna Bousquet Johnson
Patti, I had the good fortune to work with you for many years at GE Healthcare. You were the consummate professional, with a deep understanding of what was important to our customers and our business. And you were unfailingly positive and optimistic, which rubbed off on everyone. I will miss all of that. Rest in Peace. My thoughts and prayers to Patti's family and friends.
- Bill Ford
Patti, what a wonderful, kind and welcoming lady you were, always so bubbly. My memories of you include that huge smile and positive attitude. Your leadership, and creative spirit will be missed. My condolences and prayers go out to Patti's family and friends during this difficult time. Rest Easy Patti - Colleen Harp
- Colleen Harp
My deepest condolences to the Brenton family & friends. Patti was the light that lit up every room. I had the privilege of working directly with her over the last ~2 years, and she was one of the most caring, intelligent and driven individuals I have ever met! Once COVID hit, we would chat with wine to catch up and muse about work and life. She was such a treasure and will be deeply, deeply, missed.
- Christina Waters
My sincerest condolences for the loss of such a bright light in Patti. I worked with Patti and Patricia (the fun over that was endless) over 20 years across roles but always with joy. Her sunny and bright smile, confident and yet humble nature, always made it a joy and privilege to be able to work with her. She will be greatly missed, but her light shines on.
- Alex Hamlow
Patti, you will forever be remembered for your kind heart and charismatic personality. You were such a joy to work with and always had a smile on your face. Thank you for sharing your warmth with everyone around you, you will be so missed! My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and all of your loved ones.
- Fara Greene
I worked with Patti many years ago, but I will never forget how she always made everyone she worked with feel special and important. Her drive and determination were infectious! She always had a smile on her face and a kind word to share. She was definitely a special woman. I will hold all of her dear family close to my heart during this difficult time.
- Roberta Schneider
Patti was a joy to work with and will be missed. My condolences to Patti's family and friends, RIP.
- Steph Dockery
Patti your passion and energy was felt in every interaction I had with you. Your positivity was unending and a true inspiration for so many. I loved working with you first in the MUSE business and then in the Women's Network. Your presence will be missed and will continue to use your light as we move forward. Rest in Peace dear friend.
- Heidi Seerden
Patti (you were always Patti to me and not Patricia and we joked about that a lot,) you will forever be remembered by your warm laugh, bright smile, and your ability to connect with each individual. I have such wonderful memories of us working together at customer accounts, at various GE meetings, work on Women's network activities etc. We shared a lot of laughs over the years, and you will be greatly missed. Thank you for your constant leadership and friendship. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Craig and the entire Brenton family. - Heidi Motz
- Heidi Motz
Patricia, you are a wonderful leader within the business world for women. We were so lucky to work with you! You were a wonderful role model, your positive attitude and your professionalism was contagious! I loved hearing the stories of your precious grandchildren. Brenton family, you are in our thoughts and prayers, Patti was a wonderful inspiration to everyone she worked with at GEHC. She was truly a role model for many of us.
- Diane Shannon
Patricia, you are a shining light and will forever be remembered for your infectious smile and personality. The Brenton Family, Craig and Kristen, Patricia/Your Mom was an inspiration to everyone she met and worked with at GE Healthcare and her customers. She was a friend who cared and showed it everyday. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for all of you!
- Cynthia Valenta
It was 20 years ago when Patti and I worked most closely together, but we had a blast and there was almost always a wonderful smile on her face. She always talked about her daughter as she considered what she might do next and she was very logical about what the sales team would need and what would work for our clients. She always focused on others and brought joy and intelligence to everything she did. I'll miss seeing you every now and then, Patti. Thank you for the fun we shared together - we will ALL miss you! Godspeed to you and your family!
- Jon Hartigan
So many memories: neighborhood kids, school buses, parties. When I talked to Patti just a few years ago, she was wearing what I always remembered her wearing: the same big beautiful smile that always appeared so effortlessly. My deepest sympathy to all those she loved and to the family who commanded our tremendous admiration and respect. Peace.
- Michael Farrell
Our sincerest condolences to the Brenton Family. Patti and I were great friends in HS and I will forever remember the times we shared. Godspeed Patti! Marc & Diane (Rodia) Carfo
- Diane Carfo
My condolences to Patti's family. I haven't seen Patti since we were teenagers, but I'll always remember how kind she was to everyone and get beautiful smile. R I P Patti 💕
- Patricia Mazzadra
Will miss you dearly and treasure always our special childhood as my partner in life, you will be in my heart and thoughts forever XOXOX
- Pam Polke

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