Patricia Elin (Hopkins) Carnevale passed away peacefully on November 14, 2021. Born on August 18, 1937 to Tom and Zona (Kinsey) Hopkins in Wheeling, West Virginia, her family moved to Hawaii to join her father who was serving as director of the USO Club in Honolulu.
A 1955 graduate of the Sacred Heart Academy, she soon thereafter met the love of her life and was married to Major Peter E. Carnevale of the US Air Force in 1959 in Honolulu. Afterwards the couple lived in Georgia, Texas, Ohio and New York. They settled in Southern California after Pete’s retirement from the service and she continued raising their seven children in Canoga Park and later Yorba Linda.
Once her youngest child was in school full-time, she began a career as a travel agent and meeting planner, specifically helping groups of WW2 veterans reunite.
When Pete retired in 1991, they moved to Sonoita where Pat continued her career and was a founding member of the Sonoita Merchants Association. Active in the local Catholic church community at St. Therese’s in Patagonia, she was instrumental in the formation of Our Lady of the Angels mission church in Sonoita. In addition to playing the organ at Sunday Mass, she and Pete ran the bingo for many years, helping raise funds for the mission church.
She was also an active member of the Elgin Club and the Santa Cruz County Fair & Rodeo Association.
Patricia was preceded in death by three pre-born children, her parents, and her sister, Mary (Sue) Haley. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Peter Carnevale of Sonoita AZ, her son Tony Carnevale of Las Vegas NV, her daughter Lisa Carnevale of Noblesville IN, her son Joseph (Stephani) Carnevale of Cicero IN, her son Robert Carnevale, of Tucson AZ, her son John (Tammy) Carnevale of Riverside CA, her daughter Donna (Tim) Bergman of Boise ID, and her son Michael (Mary) Carnevale of Tucson AZ, 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother, Tom (Karen) Hopkins of Eutis FL.