Patricia Galey Hauser

Died: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 08, 2017
Location: Barber Funeral Home

Memorial Service

4:00 PM Fri., Sep. 08, 2017
Location: Barber Funeral Home

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HAUSER, Patricia Galey Hauser (Pat) was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 23, 1930 to Charles and Helene Galey.  After living for 10 years in the city, the family moved to suburban Lombard where she eventually went to Glenbard High School. She then attended Grinnell College majoring in German and obtaining Phi Beta Kappa national honors, graduating in 1951. Pat is survived by her husband David of almost 66 years, her children Catherine (Dean Krafft) Bargar of Newfield, NY, John (Maureen) Hauser and Anne (Theodore) Loring of Eureka, California.  Grandchildren are Matthew (Naomi) of Arlington, MA, Elizabeth (Raed), Molly (Beverly) both of Ithaca, NY, David (Betsy) of Lexington, Kentucky and Scott (Caroline) of Chicago, Illinois. Great grandchildren Sylvia and Isaac of Arlington and August of Ithaca. Pat and David were married at Grinnell in the College Chapel in 1951. Their early years involved stays in Baltimore Maryland, Oxford Ohio, London Ontario and New Haven Connecticut before they moved to Elmira in 1969. She raised their children during these years while at times taking in foster babies and offering childcare to the families of friends and acquaintances. She also worked in college, public and  school libraries. At the age of 51 she went to school in the BOCES nursing program where she graduated and passed the state LPN certification. She then worked in skilled nursing facilities at Bethany and St. Joseph's Hospital, deriving deep satisfaction from assisting the elderly and enjoying the fellowship of other nurses.  She was also deeply involved in choral music for most of her life. She first met David in a musical production on campus at Grinnell. She was privileged to sing Verdi's Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony for one performance but the arrival of her first child prevented her from singing the second. She was a member of the New Haven Chorale and the Bach Singers there. In London they both joined the London Singers, a distinguished group of about 16 who performed four concerts of early and contemporary music each year. In Elmira she participated in Cantata Singers for over 30 years as well as the choir at First Presbyterian Church. Her heart was truly full of music, and she and her husband passed this musical spirit to their three children. All her life she busily sewed garments for her children and herself. Later she became a quilter of prize-winning quality, design and workmanship. She was a longtime member of Piecemakers, the local quilt guild. Before this she assisted with community sewing projects for Second Place East.  Although committed to the well-being of her family, she always thought of others, especially those in need. She will be remembered as a sweet, intelligent, and a self- effacing person with a sparkle in her eye.  Despite her gentle nature, she had a sharp sense of humor.  She made a significant contribution to the lives of those around her.  She had the gift of showing her family and those around her the true meaning of love.  She will be greatly missed.  Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home 413 S. Main St. Horseheads on Fri. September 8, 2017 from 2-4:00 pm.  A Memorial Service recalling everyone's memories of Pat will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours on Friday at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, any contributions may be made to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Ave., Elmira NY 14903 or Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, 620 W. Seneca St. Ithaca, NY 14850, Condolences at

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Ann Savage
   Posted Tue September 05, 2017
Please accept my condolences on the death of your very wonderful wife, mother, grandmother. I worked with Pat on SNF at St. Joseph's and she was one of my heroes. She inspired me to work into my 70's as she had - she even gave me some of her uniform tops (which she had made herself) to wear as I continued working. Remarkable about her was her calm demeanor, her kindness to the patients, and a dry sense of humor that wouldn't quit. I occasionally ran into her later at rummages and Wegmans. She spoke lovingly of all of her family. You must miss her terribly.

Karen Rounds
   Posted Tue September 05, 2017
Dr. Hauser, I am very sorry to hear about your wife's passing. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, Karen Rounds (your student from the Lewis & Clark trip)

Sara Barnett
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017


I only knew Grandma-Grandma through the all your stories that were filled with love and her generosity. Those stories are the ones that will hold her legacy for some many generations. I am so sorry for the clear void she has left in all your hearts. So much love, Sara & Kyle Barnett