Patricia (Pat) Carey Theinert, a resident of Sag Harbor for 26 years, died at her home here on August 31, at the age of 87.
She was a graduate of Cathedral High School in Manhattan and married her first husband, Regis Aloysious McKeon in 1944. He was killed three months later in a plane crash while serving in World War II.
The then-Mrs. McKeon enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a WAVE and served as yeoman second class while stationed in Brownsville, Texas. She was honorably discharged at the end of the war and returned to live in Astoria, Queens. She met her second husband, William Theinert, and they were married on October 4, 1947.
The couple moved to Stuyvesant Town in 1948, and there had two children Bruce and James. In 1952, the family moved to East Meadow, L.I., where they had their third child, Denise. The family became active members of St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church.
In the summer of 1959, the family visited Sag Harbor for the first time, beginning what they said was a “long love affair with the East End of Long Island.”
In the mid 1960s, their eldest son Bruce died after suffering many years with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. Mrs. Theinert returned to work for the Christmas holidays at Abraham and Strauss Department Store and stayed 20 years before retiring.
Mr. Theinert died in May 1980.
Mrs. Theinert moved to her home in Bay Point, Sag Harbor in 1985, and from 1985 through 1995 worked at the Bridgehampton National Bank in Bridgehampton.
Mrs. Theinert was the grandmother of Christopher Koegel, Keri Ann Koegel, Maureen Koegel, William Theinert, Joseph Theinert and James Theinert.
“Pat’s patriotism never waned, even when her grandson, 1 Lt. Joseph J. Theinert, was killed in action on June 4, 2010 in Afghanistan,” said the family. “As both a Gold Star wife and a Gold Star grandmother, Pat continued to support our military at every chance. As the family matriarch, Pat was a pillar of strength and taught her many family members how to carry on with life in the face of loss. A loving mother, grandmother, friend and true patriot, Pat’s ready laugh and generous spirit will be greatly missed.”