Patricia Grace (Veto) Parker, 75, lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. Pat was born on April 22, 1945, to Peter R. and Grace (Ward) Veto, she was a 1964 graduate of Cathedral High School. Pat was involved with the floral business at an early age. She was co-owner of the former Longmeadow Flowers in Springfield and Longmeadow, and most recently owned and operated Pat Parker and Sons Floral Shop on Allen Street in Springfield, for over 25 years. At one point in her career as a florist, she taught classes on the subject at Springfield Technical Community College. Pat was a proud member of American Institute of Floral Designers and a longtime parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Springfield. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. Pat leaves behind her two sons, Thomas A. MacPhail of Palmer and Douglas J. MacPhail of East Longmeadow, her brother, Thomas F Veto of East Longmeadow; four cherished grandchildren, Douglas, George, Thomas, and Grayson, and many friends. In addition to her parents, Pat was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Christine MacPhail in 1969. Family and friends are invited to gather on Tuesday, September 1, at 10 a.m. for Pat’s Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01104. Burial will follow after the Mass at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Springfield. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers donations in Pat’s name may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. www.hafeyfuneralservice.com
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