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Patricia A. Major (Baldwin) of Salem, NJ, passed away peacefully at her home in West Cape May, NJ on December 13, 2023 at the age of 84, surrounded by her loved ones.
Born on September 25, 1939 to William E. Baldwin and Frances Hurley Baldwin, Patsy grew up in Salem, NJ and graduated from Salem High School Class of 1958. During her Senior Year, she worked at the Palace Movie Theater in Salem where she would meet the love of her life, Victor Major of Alloway, NJ. They married in 1958 and stayed happily married for 58 years until Victor’s passing in 2017. Throughout both of their lives, Patsy and Vic were avid attenders of St Mary’s Church in Salem. After graduating High School, Patsy worked at Sears and Roebuck, while attending Rutgers University to obtain her Medical Certificate. She was employed by Dr. David Neander, MD in Mannington, NJ. After a lengthy career in the medical field, which she loved, Patsy
embarked on a new venture in the hospitality business. She and Victor purchased the Fenwick Pub in Tilbury, NJ in 1978 where many locals enjoyed gathering for the Annual Pig Roast. She owned and operated the pub until 1994. Patsy and Vic owned a second home in West Cape May where they spent the majority of their time making lifelong friends. She loved spending her summer days on Broadway Beach where she could be seen crocheting afghans for all of her family to enjoy. When an opportunity presented itself to become the proud owners of Broadway Mobile Park in West Cape May, Patsy and Vic jumped at the chance. Patsy lived a very active life! From the early days of Major Insurance Bowling Club, Jaycees, Crochet Club, Card Club, to Friday Night Dinner Club. She loved to dress in her latest leopard print and engage with her closest family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling the U.S. and abroad with Vic by her side. When at home, Patsy would spend hours in the kitchen perfecting her culinary skills. Whether it was an original new cake recipe, holiday treats, or her Southern fried tomatoes with tomato gravy, Patsy made sure that everyone at the table was in for a real treat. For decades, she put her heart and soul into making pots of vegetable soup for the annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast. Patsy was as hilarious as she was beautiful; she had a way of bringing smiles to all those that knew her with her witty remarks and her funny facial expressions. Always eager to share her creative skills, she passed down countless family recipes and sewing skills to her children and grandchildren that will be cherished for generations to come.
Patsy is predeceased by her parents; husband Victor; brothers William, Robert “Peanut”, Charles, David; and sister Judy. She is survived by her brother Garry (Sue); loving children Andrea (Mike), Vicki (Ben), and Mark (Lauri); along with grandchildren Chelsea, Michael, Alexa, Lauren, Melissa, and Carly; great-grandchildren Miles, Juniper, Francis, Hunter, and Lincoln; several nieces & nephews.
Services will be held 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 20th in WOODSIDE FUNERAL HOME, 613 Salem Quinton Road, Salem, NJ 08079 (Quinton Twp.) where friends
are invited to call from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery, Salem, NJ. Wear your leopard!
At Patsy’s request, in lieu of flowers, contributions/donations can be made to one of the following: Salem County Meals on Wheels, 457 Shirley Road, Elmer, NJ 08318; Helen Graham Cancer Center, Christiana Care Office of Philanthropy, 4000 Nexus Drive, Suite W3-300, Wilmington, DE 19803; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105