Surrounded by her husband and children, Patricia “Pat” Ellen DiCarlo (née Isennock), 78, of Laurel, MD passed away peacefully the morning of February 6th, 2021 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, MD. Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2000, while awaiting the birth of her first granddaughter, she began a 20-year brave and determined fight against this horrible disease, which ultimately took her life.
Pat was born to Emma and Ike Isennock on August 9th, 1942. Raised by her mother and great Aunts Sadie and Mollie, she graduated from Catholic High School in Baltimore, MD as her class valedictorian. One of her first jobs was at Fort Holabird, where she first met her husband, Lenny. Married in 1968, they started their family soon thereafter, settling first in Perry Hall, and then later moving to Glen Burnie, Severna Park and finally Laurel, MD. During that time, they became close to many neighbors who would become lifetime friends. Taking time off to raise her children, Pat delighted in being actively involved in their lives. She was a “swim mom”, a designer of creative Halloween costumes, a youth sports coach and scout leader, and was responsible for helping her kids to become the kind and caring adults they are today. In the 1980s, Pat found her calling in real estate, working as an agent in Grempler Realty. In 2019, she retired from RE/MAX, where she had spent most of her career, having helped hundreds of families find their dream home, and making many friends along the way.
Pat's passion for life was obvious to all who knew her, and was evident in the wide variety of pursuits she enjoyed. Her love of service led her to be a religious education teacher, Eucharistic minister, and Lector at her beloved parish, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fulton, MD. Although her real estate work took up much of her time, she was actively engaged in activities throughout her community. Very outgoing, and always the first one to make a baked ziti for anyone in need, she also loved spending time with her “Bosom Buddies” breast cancer survivor support group, as well as her Disciples in Mission, and Ladies of Hope friends. Pat enjoyed taking classes at the local community college, including one on stand-up comedy, which culminated in a live performance at a club in Washington, DC. Pat's love of all things music and dance led her to take adult jazz and tap classes, including fantastic costumes and recitals. In the early 2000s, Pat became a “Flathead” – a groupie of Irish dancer Michael Flatley – and began following his performances in “Lord of the Dance” all over the country. Her family credits the love of tap dancing of her two oldest granddaughters to Pat's insistence that they watch “Riverdance” every time they were with her. Once they were “empty nesters”, she and Lenny became globe-trotters – trips included visits to nearly all 50 states, the United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, and many European and Asian countries. Winters were spent in Florida, interspersed with exciting cruises all over the world. She was a loving daughter to “Mom-Mom” and visited her daily in the final years of her life – also adopting other residents at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross Nursing Home. Family was paramount in her life, and she enjoyed trips to New England to spend time with all the cousins, aunties and uncles. Through her many adventures, her heart was never far from her five grandchildren, who were the light of her life. An amazing and proud Grammy, Pat took every opportunity to cheer them on in cold ice rinks, dark auditoriums, and windy playing fields. They all adored her special care, singing of show tunes, and “soft touch”.
Pat is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Lenny DiCarlo, her younger brother Jim Isennock and his wife Mary; her son Greg DiCarlo, and his wife Emily; and her daughter Andie Cohen and her husband David. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Claire, Charlie, Marina, Ellie, and Lucy.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at Donaldson's Funeral Home (12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029) from 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm. An in-person, Catholic funeral mass will be held on Thursday, February 11th, beginning at 11:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (8300 Old Columbia Road, Fulton, MD 20759). The service will be live streamed, so those who are unable to join us are encouraged to view the ceremony at www.youtube.com/StFrancisAssisiParish/live. All are welcome to join the family for the burial immediately following the mass at Columbia Memorial Park (12005 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029). Masks are required for all events. If friends and family wish to make donations to Pat's favorite charities, please consider the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research (www.komen.org), or the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation (www.pkdcure.org).
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