Patricia E. Riith, 73, of Darien, died at home on the morning of Friday, April 11 after a long illness. She was born on Oct. 21, 1940 at Stamford Hospital to the late Michael J. Gol and Elsie Gol.

Mrs. Riith graduated from high school in Lancaster, Pa. She was employed at Dorr Oliver in Stamford where she met her husband, Robert A. Riith. They were married at St. John R.C. Church in Darien on Oct. 7, 1961.

She loved spending time with her family, they said. She was very active with her children’s activities, including Boy Scouts, Little League and Darien Youth Hockey. She was a selfless, caring woman who will be missed by those who knew and loved her, and her memory will live on in their hearts, her family said.

She is survived by her brothers, John (Sally) and Andrew (Julia), her children, Robert A. Jr. (Jill); Frances and Michael (Maggie). Also surviving are her seven grandchildren, Michael, Mikaela, Wayman, Jake, Max, Mitch and Elsie. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Mickey.

There will not be any calling hours and burial will be private.

There will be a memorial Mass on Saturday, April 26 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C. Church, 1200 Shippan Avenue, Stamford. The Riith family had entrusted the funeral arrangement to the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105, phone number, 1-800-822-6344, e-mail