Former Cazenovia resident Patricia McColm Machell, 79, passed away in Punta Gorda, FL, on Nov. 2, 2023. She was born on June 19, 1944, in Savannah, GA. Patricia was a dedicated educator who utilized her skills throughout her life. Patricia found great joy in helping her family, friends and community.
Patricia is survived by her husband, William Machell of Punta Gorda, FL; her brother John Foppe and his wife Kathy Foppe of Temple, Texas; her sister Susan Foppe and wife Melanie Scott of Highlands Ranch, CO; and her son Rhett McColm, his wife Pamela, and grandsons Devon and Branden of Cazenovia.
Patricia’s educational journey included attending St. Francis de Sales in Denver, CO, for both primary and high school. She furthered her education at Loretto Heights College, University of Northern Colorado and Cleveland Chiropractic College.
Throughout her career, Patricia excelled in various fields. She worked as an elementary school teacher, Doctor of Chiropractic, author, instructor at Bryant & Stratton College and Perdue Global Online University, past life therapist and death doula. Her dedication and expertise in these areas left a lasting impact on those she encountered.
In her free time, Patricia enjoyed walking and volunteering with her homeowners association. She found solace and fulfillment in these activities, which allowed her to connect with nature and give back to her community.
A ceremony to celebrate Patricia’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Lake Park clubhouse, located at 25635 Heritage Lake Boulevard, Punta Gorda, Florida 33983.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers, Florida, Shriners Children’s Hospital or the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, FL. These organizations held a special place in Patricia’s heart, and your support will continue her legacy of compassion and care.
Please join us in remembering and honoring Patricia McColm Machell, a beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, educator and healer. Her impact on the lives she touched will forever be cherished.