Patricia Mary (Foldenauer) Wright, loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, went to be with the Lord, following a short illness, on October 29, at Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo.
She was born in Michigan City, Indiana on April 16th, 1942. Patricia grew up in a large, loving family to Richard and Cecilia Foldenauer. She graduated from St. Mary’s High school in 1960 and then attended Holy Cross School of Nursing in South Bend, Indiana. After graduating from nursing school and growing tired of the miserable winters of Indiana, Patricia and her close friend, Mickie, drove the famous Route 66 west to Napa, California. It was in Napa where Patricia met Ralph Wright. Patricia and Ralph were married on November 3rd, 1965 at St. John’s Church in Napa. Patricia and Ralph began their life in Napa, and would have celebrated their 52nd anniversary on November 3rd, 2017.
Patricia started her nursing career at Napa State Hospital. She made a change for a few years, working as the director of nurses at a convalescent hospital in St. Helena. She later returned to Napa State, finishing out her career as a Unit Supervisor.
Patricia and Ralph welcomed into their life, their only child, Jacqueline Wright. Patricia was a loving mother who raised a wonderful daughter. Patricia was patient, caring and was the epitome of the perfect wife and mother. She also had many close friends with whom she kept in touch over the years.
Patricia and Ralph later retired to their country home on Soda Canyon Road. Patricia was able to live as she always wanted to live, in the country surrounded by her garden, horses and goats. Patricia created many loving memories with her family on her small farm. In yet another cruel twist of life, Patricia and Ralph lost their home due to the Napa fires less than three weeks before Patricia passed away.
Patricia was kind hearted and a joy to be around. Patricia also had a dry sense of humor that never failed to catch people off guard. During her final days, a Catholic Priest came to the hospital to provide her with the sacrament, Anointing of the Sick. When the sacrament was finished, the priest told Patricia that he was finished. Patricia responded by saying, “ That was a lot easier than confession!”. The entire room erupted with laughter.
Patricia spent most of her time gardening and doting on her only grandchild, Sydney Griego. Patricia enjoyed attending many of Sydney’s sporting events. Patricia was also fond of traveling with her husband all over the U.S., and often the trips consisted of driving across the country to visit family and friends.
Patricia is survived by her husband, Ralph Wright; daughter Jackie (Joe) Griego; granddaughter Sydney Griego; siblings, Ron (Ann) Foldenauer; Richard Foldenauer; Carol (Ron) Laskowski; Connie Potempa; Bonnie (Jim) Heyne; Theresa Archer; and Mary (Bill) Davis. Patricia is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in death by her parents; her close friend Mickie Stalbaum; her brother in laws, Ray Potempa, Fred Torrijas, and Jeff Archer. Patricia will always be loved and never forgotten.
Based on Patricia’s request, there will not be a service. The family has decided to come together for a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Patricia’s memory, to The American Diabetes Association. Napa Strong!