Patricia Jane Delzell
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Patricia (Pat) Jane Delzell passed away peacefully on December 31, 2022 at the Concord Hospice House surrounded by friends after a brief illness. Pat was born in Alliance, Ohio March 22, 1942. Her late father and mother, Retired Sgt. Donald Delzell and Jane Delzell, lived in many US mainland and Alaskan communities while Mr. Delzell was in the U.S. Air Force. Pat's one constant was that she was a Girl Scout. They eventually settled in Nebraska where Pat completed high school. She graduated from Ohio State University in 1966 with a BS in Physical Education. That same year Pat joined VISTA and was assigned to Anchorage, Alaska working with Alaska Native I?upiat families. It was there she met Dr. Leslie Williams from Dunbarton, NH, also in VISTA, who encouraged her to visit New Hampshire. For several years, Pat worked in the Nebraska state school system but would travel to New Hampshire for her summer vacations. Eventually Pat relocated permanently to NH and became a certified licensed educator in English, teaching in the New Hampshire school systems until 2022.
Pat caught the acting bug early on, often participating in school and community productions. In the early 1980s Pat became involved and a member of the Community Players of Concord NH. She wore many hats including set painter, actor, director, singer, and committee chair. Pat participated in 63 shows with the Players from 1980 to 2022. She had many other creative passions as well, including collage artistry, photography, poetry, songwriting, stand-up comedy, teaching and being an extraordinary friend. Pat was a rare-book-and-document dealer who relished world travel with her friends. These passions were on display at a one-woman juried show at the Kimball Jenkins Gallery in Concord, NH.
Pat wrote: "I can describe myself as a witty, intelligent, impatient blonde, short (5'1"), bookish, analytical, shy, bold, talkative, outspoken, defensive, fun-loving, non-smoking, non-drinking teacher-actress with a weird sense of humor. My interests include reading, movies, auctions, the beach, theater, flowers, spring, travel, singing, antiques, acting, old TV shows and good humor."
For those of us who are honored to have called Pat our friend, we will remember her as a quirky, funny, weird, talented, unique, messy, kind, and impish genius. We will be celebrating an evening of remembrance for Pat on Saturday, April 1, 2023 (no, the irony is not lost on us). For information on this "production" in Pat's honor, please reach out to Wayland Bunnell at [email protected] More information will be posted on The Players' Facebook page. For more information or to sign an online guestbook please visit www.frenchandrising.com