It saddens me greatly to inform you that our dear sister and Member of our Board of Trustees, Pat Scileppi, has gone on to be with the Lord and a great company of the saints. As a great, warm-hearted, bold and prayerful professor who truly did live an exemplary life of faith and scholarship that touched the lives of many, she will be greatly missed.
Yet in another very real sense, notwithstanding many prayers appropriately and faithfully lifted up on her behalf for her complete healing, it was not to be and, in this, we rest in the will of her loving heavenly Father. The last several months have been particularly difficult for Pat. My several visits with her over this period evidenced her rapid decline and very evident loss of any quality of life. We shared many things and prayed and even sang together, as recently as two weeks ago – it was a visit of mutual thanksgiving for the gift of real and mutual friendship and of trust in Christ.
In each instance, I expressed deep gratitude and prayerful support for her on the part of the Board and her friends at the Foundation. For this she was clearly most appreciative, and repeatedly expressed her keen support for our mission to the very end (which, to quote Lewis, is, of course, not at all “the end” but, rather, “the beginning of Chapter One of the Great Story.”
Please do pray for the members of Pat’s immediate family.
For a brief biography of Pat’s life, see below for an excerpt from her obituary.
Yours for the journey,
Here is an excerpt from her obituary:
Patricia A. Scileppi, Professor, Author and Mother, Dies at 63
Patricia Ann Scileppi, born March 7, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, went to The Lord on February 9, 2009. Pat came to Riverside in 1962 with her parents, Eugene and Carmen Scileppi.
She taught Speech and Interpersonal Communication at RCC from 1969 until her retirement in 2007 as a result of cancer. She co-authored the book We Shall Be Heard, the first anthology of American women speakers and pioneered a values-based communication textbook How Then Shall We Live?. Her stunning career impacted the lives of thousands.
In 1996, Pat founded the Fellowship of Catholic Christian Women at St. Catherine’s of Alexandria parish. It has since expanded to 17 parishes in California. She is survived by her daughter, Victoria Kennedy, of Murrieta, California and son and daughter-in-law Eugene and Jennifer Kennedy of Salt Lake City, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring her by making a donation to: The Professor Scileppi Interpersonal Communication Scholarship Fund, Riverside Community College Foundation, 4800 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92506-1299, Tel (951)222-8626
The funeral will be Thursday Feb. 12th at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine’s of Alexandria followed by a reception and burial.