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Patricia Rita Frugoli Hatcher

Obituary for Patricia Rita Frugoli Hatcher

August 1, 2020
Central, South Carolina


Patricia Rita Frugoli Hatcher
Central, SC

Patricia Rita Frugoli Hatcher, 78 recently of Columbia, SC passed away Saturday morning, August 1, 2020. Pat was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts to Olivo and Julia Frugoli on March 20, 1942 and lived in Marshfield, MA until college. She earned a BA in foreign languages from the University of Massachusetts and traveled the world through her work in the Foreign Service in India, Vietnam and Mexico. She met her husband Sargent Major Charles Larry Hatcher in Vietnam. After she took a position in Mexico, Larry called her from a pay phone (with quarters) while on leave in Hawaii and proposed. She said yes, they were married in 1972, and she followed him to Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC, where he was stationed. The couple lived in Elgin, SC and Pat worked for the SC Governor 's office, earning her MBA from Golden Gate University in the evenings at the Shaw Air Force Base campus. She then took a position at the University of South Carolina in 1985 as a Sponsored Programs Administrator.

Pat's love for sports began in high school where she played field hockey and tennis. While she was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox, and an avid follower of men's and women's tennis and ice hockey, she also loved collegiate sports, including USC Gamecock baseball and all USC women's sports. She volunteered as a reader, providing a service of every week during her lunch hour recording the National Enquirer (which she found entertaining) with The National Federation of the Blind in SC.

In 2002, she returned to Columbia and later retired. In retirement she continued to be an avid reader and enjoyed local theatre and opera theatre and opera as well as sports. She loved good conversation, good food, and good friends, and found all these.

In addition to her parents she is predeceased by husband Charles Larry Hatcher. Surviving are one brother; William Frugoli and wife Donna of Marshfield, MA and step-daughter Valerie Trani of Rocky Point, NC. She leaves four nieces, Julia Frugoli of Central, SC, Beth (Frugoli) Demaine, of Epping, NH, Kimberly (Frugoli) Schuler of Hampstead, NH and Heather Frugoli of Marshfield, MA. She was a loving great-aunt to six grand-nieces and nephews, and a dear friend to many people who will miss her greatly.

Pat will join her husband in rest in a private ceremony at Florence National Cemetery on August 11. The family will have a service of remembrance at a later date, but we encourage you to share your memories of Pat on this website. In lieu of flowers, remembrance of Patricia can be made through donations to
The National Federation of the Blind in SC: The Opera at USC Endowment Fund:
or Women's excellence fund at University of South Carolina

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