The Wayne Township Public Schools community experienced a terrible tragedy with the passing of beloved Wayne Education Association member, Pat Hassert at the start of the new year.

During her 22 years of service to the WTPS, Pat worked at a number of schools and was also an active member of her union advocating for the secretaries to be respected for the work that they do for the school community. She served as a building representative for many years, and most recently, served on the WEA Sick Bank Committee.

Since 2011, Pat has worked as the Packanack Elementary School Secretary with a staff that loved and respected her tremendously.

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We would like to share some heartfelt messages and memories of Pat from the staff at Packanack.

Pat was always eager to learn new tech with me. She would always be so appreciative after our sessions and was quick to email me to show me what she successfully created or completed. I will miss her dearly. - Tracy Leigh

When my mother died in 2013, Pat gave me a beautiful angel Christmas ornament. She told me that every year since her mother died, she bought an angel ornament for herself and her siblings. Now we have our own Packanack angel. -Cathie Przybylinski

For someone of small stature, Pat Hassert compensated with a giant-sized heart which was our blessing at Packanack. That heart embraced you, whether with a simple phrase like “Hey you”, an efficient fix for a work problem or an animated response to your photos of kids, grandkids, or pets. But most of all, Pat’s heart always welcomed you in and made you feel valued because everyone, everyone was important to her. People have praised Pat’s organizational skills but it was her interpersonal skills that made us all feel like we were hugged every day, even in a pandemic. -Dr. Charlene Mason

Pat was the glue that held our Packanack family together. She held us up and supported us at every twist and turn. There are no words to express how much she’ll be missed. -Adrienne Kruzsely

Pat was an incredible woman. In the 10 years I knew her, there was nothing she couldn't do. Her work ethic was second to none. She was the glue that held us together. I will always cherish my time spent with Pat. A special place in my heart is where she'll always be. May she rest in eternal peace. - Kristine Tubito

Over the years, Pat had become more than just the secretary at our school. She became a dear friend, who always put our needs before her own. Pat will be greatly missed by so many. Our school won’t be the same without her. -Roxanne Dragone

Pat was the heart and soul of Packanack Elementary School. If you had a question about ANYTHING, Pat was your go to person! She had a work ethic like no other, and a heart of gold. She was the happiest when she was helping others! Pat had a way of making everyone feel special and she will be missed more than words can say. -Michelle Hoover

Pat was so kind and supportive. When I first started working at Packanack, she made sure I felt welcome. Pat kept a stash of supplies of frequently needed items to share with teachers. With a big smile, she'd take me to her supply closet, and get me whatever I needed. We were fortunate to have her looking out for all of us. -Dana Petrie

Pat was the kind of person who always went the extra mile to make sure that everyone had what they needed. Any time, I asked a question, I always received a prompt and thorough reply, and if there was a problem I needed assistance with, Pat would help out - even after the school day ended. I will truly miss her wit, her caring nature, and her smile! -Linda Gallipoli

I consider myself one of the lucky ones to have known and loved Pat. I will forever miss her "hey yous", quick catch ups, and complaints about the previous night's NY Rangers' loss. She made school feel like home, and for that, I am forever grateful. - Jenna Hudson

Mrs. Pat Hassert was my friend.
We shared much humor together. One of my favorite memories is seeing her laughing in her office when I walked down the main school hallway with a tail of toilet paper flapping away as Mrs. Kruzsely was trying to help out and grab it. The list of memories is long. Even though I retired and I left Packanack, we texted every week. I already miss not receiving those texts. I am just so grateful that Pat was in my life. Thank you, Pat, for being my friend. You will always be in my heart. With much love, Rev. Dr. Karen L. Holgersen (Dr. Hogi) Retired Teacher- Packanack

Pat was a master at juggling tasks and a natural at helping people. There never seemed to be a dull moment for Pat as she handled questions and helped solve problems on the phone, in person, and on the computer, often simultaneously. Despite being pulled in so many directions, Pat always made time for you. She made you feel important and that you mattered. Pat had a caring spirit, a warm heart, and she will be greatly missed. -Melissa VanDugteren

Pat Hassert was the Gem of Packanack School. She was always ready step in and help anyone. What a blessing she was to her family, friends , the staff at Packanack, and the Wayne School District. I worked with Pat for several years. I retired in 2015. I would visit Packanack School frequently as I would occasionally pick up my grandson. I would ring the bell and Pat would answer. She would welcome me with a hug and “I am so glad to see you. Sit down. Tell me what’s new.” We would have a chat and some laughs. Ro Marra and I would meet Pat for coffee several times and we would share news about our children and our grandchildren. Pat could be called “Wonder Woman” as she could it all. She will be missed by everyone whose life she touched -Nancy Dickens (Retired Packanck Teacher)