Patricia "Pat" Senneff

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Patricia J. Senneff Arden - Patricia J. (Pat) Senneff, 89, of Arden, died at her home Tuesday, July 18, 2017. She is survived by her dear friend, Mrs. Susan J. Quinzi of Arden. Pat was born and raised in Britt, Iowa. She was the daughter of Frank W. and Martha Lee Minor Senneff, both of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by one sister, Jean S. Baker of Pacific Grove, CA and preceded in death by a sister, Jackie S. Fleming. For a number of years, Pat was in the music field and toured the Midwest universities as a concert marimbist. She knew Claire Musser, the world renowned marimbist who also designed and manufactured marimbas, and wrote music for the instrument. There were only 125 Musser Canterbury Marimbas manufactured and Musser made it possible for Pat to have one of the first instruments made. Pat donated that marimba to the Asheville Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2005. After leaving the music field, Pat enrolled at the University of Iowa where she received a Masters Degree in Social Work. She worked as a Social Worker in the State of Illinois prior to moving to North Carolina. She retired from the Oteen Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1988, and continued to live in her "chosen" state of North Carolina. There will be a Life Appreciation Service at 12:00 PM Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Kris Newman speaking. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Asheville-Buncombe County, Inc., 146 Victoria Road., Asheville, NC 28801 or CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 23558, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Pat was a dear lady, and would always talk to me when I walked my dog in the Royal Pines neighborhood. She always had a sweet smile.

  2. Pat was my late wife’s cousin. My wife was named after Pat. We always looked forward to Pat’s visit. Her smile and humor will be missed by the whole family.

  3. Dear Sue,
    I think of you two ladies often and how much fun we had real estating those many years ago. You were both so charmed by being able to drive to work al the VA along the Blue Ridge Parkway! Where have all the years gone? Know you will miss your dear friend, as will I , and her many other friends.
    Thinking of you!

  4. Pat was a beautiful lady. She always had a smile when you saw her. Heaven has gained another Angel that will be missed here on earth. Sue I will keep you in my Prayers. Please if you need anything let us know.

  5. Sue, my heart is with you in this time of loss…a loss I feel as well. My life was touched and made better because of times spent with you and Pat. I am so glad my Paul had the chance to visit with you both and experience, first hand, the wonder that was Pat. Paul and I loved her dearly and will miss her alongside of you,

  6. Dear Sue: We take pleasure in calling Pat a ‘friend’. She possessed many endearing qualities. A very wise person. We will truly miss her.

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