Patricia C. (Cherniske) Graves, known as Pat by her friends and family, 72, passed away peacefully on the evening of Thursday, December 8, 2022, in the comfort of her home with her family by her side.
Pat was born to the late Louise (Jones) and Andrew Cherniske on September 23, 1950, in Torrington, CT. She spent her childhood on her family’s dairy farm in New Preston, CT and was a 1968 graduate of Washington High School in Washington, CT. Pat then attended Plymouth State College, earning her bachelor of science degree in Elementary Education, class of 1972. Upon graduation, she relocated to Walpole, NH where she would begin her teaching career and meet her future husband.
On October 7, 1979, Patricia exchanged vows with the love of her life, James Graves. They had a beautiful, lakeside service and reception with their family and friends present to celebrate them.
Pat enjoyed her time working for SAU 60 in Walpole and SAU 29 in Keene, respectively, as an Elementary school teacher for 20 years. Pat also worked for Cheshire Medical Center in Keene in the medical records department for 6 years until she retired in 2016. She most recently held a part-time position with Convenient MD in Keene as a Medical Receptionist.
Pat had many interests in life such as traveling, reading, going for walks, and cooking. She also loved cross-stitching and latch hook. However, her greatest joy came from her only granddaughter, Harper, by whom she was lovingly referred to as “Mimi”.
Mrs. Graves is survived by her devoted husband of 43 years, Jim Graves of Harrisville, their two children, Abigail L. Quigley and her husband Michael of Harrisville, and Benjamin P. Graves of Keene, a sister, Linda M. Cherniske and her husband Michael of Torrington, CT. along with a grandchild, Harper L. Quigley of Harrisville, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, along with her brother Charles Miller.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that all donations be made out to
Monadnock Humane Society, 101 W. Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.