Patricia A. “Patsy” (Zerby) Buchanan Maloney

Patricia A.MaloneyPatricia A. “Patsy” (Zerby) Buchanan Maloney, age 81 of William Penn passed away peacefully Sunday morning at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community with family by her side.

Born in William Penn on August 30, 1932 she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Kathryn (Barrett) Zerby.

Patsy was a graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School.

She retired from the former Acme Markets, Shenandoah as a cashier.

Patsy was a member of Annunciation BVM Church, Shenandoah.  Prior to that she was a very active member of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Lost Creek where she volunteered much time at card parties, bazaars and bingo.

Notre DameHer family and friends will surely remember the many home cooked meals and goodies she prepared, especially her flitch and rice pudding.  She was an avid Notre Dame football and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her two husbands, Robert E. “Ish” Buchanan, Sr. in 1964 and Francis X. “Frink” Maloney in 1999; one son-in-law, Joseph A. Bushinski, Jr. in 2006 and one sister, Caroline Zerby.

Surviving are three sons, Robert E. Buchanan, Jr. and his wife Maggie of Palmer Township, Michael J. Buchanan and his wife Barbara of Wind Gap and Joseph M. Buchanan of William Penn; two daughters, Karen M. wife of Leo Kayes of Shenandoah and Barbara Jo Bushinski of Shenandoah; sixteen grandchildren, Leanne, Melissa and Leo Kayes, Emily Anne Kasmark, Jarrett and Caroline Buchanan, Kara Mulkusky, Sarah Maksimik, Jessica and Rachael Bushinski, Michael and Krista Buchanan, Brittany, Erin, Alyssa and Jacqueline Buchanan; two great-grandchildren, Alaina Corona and Claire Maksimik; one sister, Anna Marie wife of Charles Andershonis of Budd Lake, NJ; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Saturday 10:00 am from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am in Annunciation BVM Church, Shenandoah.  Rev. Msgr. Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor will officiate.  Interment will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Relatives and friends may call Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am until tme of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the Lost Creek Community Ambulance Association, PO Box 102, Lost Creek, PA 17946 or the Shenandoah Community Ambulance Association., 220 N White St, Shenandoah, PA 17976.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.  To leave a condolence for family, visit

Patricia A. “Patsy” (Zerby) Buchanan Maloney Has 7 Condolences Posted:

  1. Carol Mitchell Lauritis says:

    My sincere condolences for your loss. I’ll never forget Patsy’s kindness when I first moved to Delaware after my marriage to my late husband, Dan. It was a pleasure knowing her through my Aunt Jean and cousin Marlene through the years…..always with a smile on her face!!!
    God bless,

  2. The Kesh Family says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss.

    Barbara (Chesla) Kesh and family

  3. Paul + Barbara (Zagrosky) Bernotas says:

    Heaven gained a special lady and we are all richer from having known her!
    Prayers, hugs and much love to all

  4. Charles Andershonis says:

    My family and I will keep you in our prayers, and offer our condolences. Losing someone is always difficult, but she is in a good place, in peace. I only wish I could have known her in my life. My grandmother Anna Marie is Patsy’s sister. Many prayers for your family.

  5. Valerie Mitchell says:

    My family and I are keeping you and your family in our prayers.

    Warmest Regards,

  6. Patricia Brennan says:

    Dear Bob, Karen, Barbra Jo, Michael, and Joey, my deepest sympathy, at the loss of you’re Mother. But her suffering is over now, and we know, she is in a better place. Good lady. Please know, i will be with you ALL, in spirit, this weekend. Love and prayers, Patricia.

  7. Bobbimarie Evans-Glose says:

    To the Buchanan family,
    You probably won’t remember me, but your Dad Robert, worked for Tastykake with my father. Your grandmother lived across the street from us on Schuylkill Ave., I graduated with Karen & Leo.

    I sincerely offer my condolences t your family at this most difficult time. My Patsy look over you and stay forever in your hearts.