Patricia J. Brissette (Patty McGovern) was born in St Paul on Feb. 24, 1928. She died Feb. 6, 2024.

The St. Cecilia’s community may remember her as their innovative choir director and voice at weddings and funerals. Patty was a prolific musician; voice and piano were her instruments. She was a musical composer and lyricist of children’s songs, jazz compositions, hymns and scores for children’s musicals.

Her guest TV spots included appearances with Mel Tormé and the Eddie Fisher and Perry Como Shows.

Patty settled in Wisconsin with her husband Duane Brissette where she taught children piano.

Widowed in 2018, she moved home to Minnesota to be near family.

She is survived by her daughters, Katherine Vye and Teresa Herzog, a granddaughter, and two great-grandchildren.

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