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Patricia C. Lydon, church administrator

Patricia C. Lydon, 91, who was the administrator of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in College Park from the 1960s to the 1980s, died March 4 at the Brooke Grove retirement community in Sandy Spring.

She had complications from vascular disease, said her son John Lydon.

Patricia Anne Cawley was born in Scranton, Pa. She settled in the Washington area during World War II to work as a secretary in the office of the Army’s quartermaster general. She also did administrative work for the Defense Department in Detroit and Chicago.

Mrs. Lydon lived in College Park for more than three decades before moving to Olney in 1984. Her memberships included the sodality at Holy Redeemer, the League of Women Voters, the Knights of Columbus ladies’ auxiliary, the Friends of Olney Theatre and Saint Peter’s Catholic Parish in Olney.

Her husband of 29 years, Thomas J. Lydon Sr., died in 1973. An infant daughter died in the mid-1950s. Survivors include four children, Michael Lydon of Fayetteville, N.C., Patrice Channell of Olney and Thomas J. Lydon Jr. and Dr. John Lydon, both of Rockville; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

— Emily Langer

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