Patricia Needle

Profile Updated: February 15, 2017
Residing In: Hudson, MA USA
Occupation: RN
Yes! Attending Reunion

I have wonderful nieces and nephews, and my first grand-niece, Cara! She lives in Marlboro, Ma. and is a really amazing individual! I am lucky enough to receive regular one minute videos of her tying her shoe laces, first day of school, singing from her favorite musical 'Frozen'! What a wonderful invention-to cross the miles in a heartbeat and be right there at these most magical moments.

Which Junior High School did you attend?


Which Elementary school(s) did you attend?

F.F. Carr

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Where were you when President Kennedy was shot? Describe the scene.

Newtonville Square-stunned.

Who was the person who most influenced your life? (For good or bad) What did they do to affect you? How is this influence affecting you today?

My parents and siblings most influenced my life. Our home was the center of my world. My best friend from elementary school through high school was Sylvia Hall, aka Mike. Staying over her house, and having family dinners was a revelation. Our house was like a Fellini movie, and her house was very quiet and followed a certain decorum. I envied her.

If you won a large Lottery prize, what would you do with the money?

Make sure all my nieces, nephews, siblings were in good financial shape---then fan out to my cousins, friends, and then charitable organizations like PD Active, and Jewish Family and Children Services.

What memories do you have of grade school or Jr. High?

Day Junior High was very chaotic. There were a bunch of kids who consistently disrupted any class they attended. The teachers had to spend all their energy on keeping the troublemakers contained. Everyone suffered because of a few malcontents.
Attending Newton High was wonderful for me. I was in classes with the smartest kids I'd ever met, and my teachers were terrific! Ancient History with Mr.Harris (?) was one of my favorite classes. Math-not so much. Mr. Chalmers was my Bacon House home room teacher. He was kind and considerate.

Books or Movies that had a profound impact on your life

I have been exchanging one minute videos with my oldest bro' Burgie. We are recalling our earliest childhood memories. I was really psyched to get my Adult library card. I remember my teacher announcing we could go to our neighborhood library and sign up for a card. I bicycled like a maniac to my Newtonville branch and signed up! My first book was 'Black Beauty'. I didn't want it to end. I loved sitting in the big quiet upstairs large open rooms in the heat of summer. It was always pleasantly cool.
Out of NHS I began going to Harvard Square and seeing foreign films. Truffaut, Godard, and then Fellini!

The worst moment of your life:

Watching my mother die.

The BEST moment of your life:

Being present at the birth of my niece Hannah, and my dear friend Elizabeth's baby, Emerald.
Recently I co-officiated at my niece Felicia's marriage to her wonderful partner Terri!
Traveling solo for almost 3 years-Beginning in Amsterdam, and traveling by train to the former USSR: Prague, Budapest, Cracow, Warsaw...Venice, down the coast of the former Yugoslavia--Llubliana, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik-Ferry to Greek islands (Crete/Rhodes) Ferry to Turkey--Istanbul-pammukale, Ferry to Israel..bus to Egypt, flew to Nairobi-spent 6 months outside Nairobi in Ongaata Rongai-at an African school--friend was teaching there-flew from Nairobi to Nepal-Khatmandu--over to Pokkara by bus (scary ride!)...train to Delhi - bus to Agra-Varanesi-Jaipur-Holy city of Pushkar-back to Rajastan-and over to Calcutta- flew to Thailand (Bangkok and KOH samui over to Japan-taught English for one year...returned for my father's 80th Birthday. Have been to WEstern Europe--returned to Paris 4 times--Israel 5 or 6 times.
Love travelling and meeting people on the road!

Accomplishments you are most proud of:

Being a good sister, and being part of a loving family.
Working as an RN in often difficult, and dangerous conditions.

OK - the biggie: What have you been doing for the last FIFTY years?

wage slave! wished I hadn't taken all those extra shifts and spent more time playing!

AND.... what have you planned for the NEXT 50...?

Fighting for a cure for Parkinson's disease. I was diagno!sed in 2008, and have met so many wonderful people who have supported and sustained me. My fellow Parkies are an extraordinary group of individuals.
Happy to be able to 'make new friends' at the age of 62

What would you like to be most remembered for?

I would like to be remembered as a RN who looked at the individual not the 'patient'. I tried to remain open and compassionate throughout my career-not always successful (!) some days you are just 'toast'.

I hope my younger relatives remember their 'auntie patty' who took them on adventures, and loved them unconditionally.

Who would you most like to see at this reunion?

Sylvia Hall, Gretchen Tocci, Susan Rayburg, Marjorie Corman--my old elementary school friends...then, a whole bunch of boys--whose names I can't remember! there was a bunch of boys we bicycled with and teased back and forth-Joe Gardino (who I met at the 40th-and could not have been nicer!), Mike Fischler, Joey DeSantis, the Fine brothers (at the bottom of Wyoming Street, McGrath's ? David Benjamin (who sent me a nice email)Wes Turner (another great email!), Jonathan Lepie, Steve Simon, Jeremiah Model(I sat next to him a lot and watched him draw with a beautiful fine ink pen)Tom Mitchell, Robert Anastasia from Carr school-real sweet. a lot more!

When you were in High School, what did you hope to accomplish in your life? Did you meet your goal?

I thought I'd be a linguist. I loved studying language. It was a big surprise for me and my family when I decided to go to nursing school! Being a nurse gave me great flexibility, and economic stability. I loved bedside nursing.

What is your biggest regret abut your high school years?

I wish I was not so shy. I rarely raised my hand, and listened while other people answered the teacher's queries.

Did you ever skip school?

a couple times I skipped classes-drank wine out by the football stadium with Johnny Steeves....but never skipped a whole day.

Can you (still!) drive a stick shift? What kind of car do you have now? What was your favorite car that you owned? Did you ever get your dream car? Where did you get your license? (How many time did you have to take the test ?)

I drove a Volvo and learned on a Volkswagon stick--on the hills of San Francisco! I got my first license in Berkeley, California.

Favorite food? Dessert? Do you cook?

love to cook-especially like making pies...fruit.

Have you ever been on tv? Howdy Doody? Big Brother? Rex Trailer? GMA? Breaking News?

I was on a variety show in Japan. Use to hook up with other foreigners to 'model' for Japanese ad companies. They'd send us around to various places to play stupid 'gaijen' roles.

What do you love, or love to do, most in this world?

watch a baby grow.

Have you ever sung Karoake?

Yes! In Japan, worked as a 'hostess' in a club-best known for 'Puff the magic dragon'!

Which college (or other higher education) did you attend?

Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont.

briefly at UMASS, Amherst

Teachers: Favorites, least liked, most significant.

Loved Miss Ravesi at Carr School. Mr. Brent at Day.

Ancient history teacher at NHS>

Mr. Chalmers-home room in Bacon house!

What jobs have you had? Favorite? least favorite?

waitress, UPS packer, Raytheon-machine molding remover- Chatham- Acme Laundry mangler--ALL LEAST FAVorite!
Adolescent psychiatry

Which Reunions have you attended?


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May 29, 2018 at 11:33 AM

Hi Joe! Wishing you a happy, healthy birthday!
Have not attended another reunion since I saw you last Have moved to Godforsaken Hudson, Mass after 24 years in San Francisco...yikes! Hope to see you at next reunion.
Best to your wife and family !

May 22, 2018 at 3:54 PM

So glad you know my niece Felicia.
I look forward to seeing you at one of these reunions.

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Dec 18, 2014 at 12:33 AM

I remember Deane verywell from Day.  He had that wonderful smile, and was one of the 'good guys'.  He'd help you out, and take his time to make sure you understood.  He never had a cross word for anyone.  

So sad to see he died so young. 

Patricia Needle has left an In Memory comment for Eric Branzburg.
Dec 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I became friends with Eric when we met at NJC.  We were in a play together.  He was a really sweet, and kind individual-a quiet giant.  He contacted me when he was at UCLA, and I was working at CAL in Berkeley.  We hitchhiked to Big Sur.  I don't think I have to say anything else except "It blew my mind."  Eric was so funny, and excited about his future.  Eric and I continued to see eachother sporadically.  He returned to the East Coast I think when his father was diagnosed with ALS, and died.  Eric went through a lot.  I am happy to say he married.  I don't know any details.  However, not many years later my mother sent me an obituary.  Eric had also succumbed to ALS.  He was a really kind, sensitive, and loving person.  He died tragically too young. 

May his memory always be a blessing.