Patricia Holland Obituary

May 18, 2011

in News,West Windsor

WINDSOR — There will be no services per the request of Patricia B. Langhans Holland, who left the loving arms of her children on Monday, May 9, 2011 at Mount Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont.
She was the only daughter born to Frederick and Louise (Wright) Birmingham on January 21, 1928 in Woodstock, VT.
She spent her youth and most of her adult life in Woodstock, where she and her husband Raymond V. Langhans raised their family of eight children. Pat raised her children to follow in her footsteps with kindness, understanding, compassion, integrity, and a willingness to always extend her hand and her heart in every way possible for the benefit of those less fortunate or in need. She rarely frowned, she never gave up, she was filled with hope, and she had a sense of humor that was unparalleled. She taught her children to view the world with a sense of humor, and that one gift enabled her and her children to overcome many of life’s challenges with dignity and grace.
Patricia’s very being drew friends to her from all walks of life. She was not judgmental. She appreciated everyone for who they were and she made friends with most who came within arm’s length. She worked in many vocations and that enabled her to touch hundreds and hundreds of lives, and convey her true spirit to each and everyone. She was a founding member of the ABC program in Woodstock. She was one of the founders of what is now the LISTEN center. She brought children from the inner cities to her home through the Fresh Air Fund in the early 1960′s. She was a hospice caregiver and she was an elder companion up until she became disabled herself at age 83 in January 2011.
She is survived by her brother John Marble Birmingham, Sr. and her loving children – Linda (Jay) Caruso, Reg (Debra) Langhans, James (Judy) Langhans, Thomas (Kathi) Langhans, Donald (Heidi) Langhans, Paul “Shultz” Langhans, and David Langhans – as well as her eight grandchildren – Casey Caruso, Reggie, Mike, Sam, John, Anna, Zoe, and Nick Langhans. She also leaves behind cousins, nieces, nephews, and sisters-in-law.
Patricia was predeceased by her parents, her infant son Phillip George Goodrow, her brothers Donald Birmingham and Fred Birmingham, Jr., her son John Frederick Langhans, her former husband Raymond Langhans, and her best friend who later became her husband, Peter Holland.
She asked her children to have a celebration of her life at a later date. In Patricia’s memory, make the life of someone else better, beginning with a smile. Extend your hand and extend your heart at every opportunity. In that way, her loving spirit will forever endure.
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor assisted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to her family in an online guestbook at
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Margo Marrone May 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

To Pat’s Family
My office at Olde Windsor Village was next to Pat’s apt for years. I relished our many conversations – her wonderful sense of humor & sage advice. I know a little bit about all of you, but most important, how much she loved you. She enjoyed your uniqueness & you each held a special place her heart. I was able to see her briefly at DHMC & am so glad to have had that opportunity. I will miss her….

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