Patricia Nilan Konitzer

November 7, 1939 - November 4, 2020 Ringtown, PA | Age 80

Patricia Nilan Konitzer Age 80, of Kennett Square, died November 4th of complications of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, unrelated to COVID-19. She was surrounded by her loving family who gently escorted her into eternal life. For the last year of her life, she had been living with her son, Patrick, in Ringtown, Pennsylvania two hours north of Kennett Square.

Born November 7, 1939 in Kennett Square on South Broad Street in the same house she would later raise her four sons, she was the only daughter among four children of the late James A Nilan Sr. and Miriam E. Broomhall. She was a proud graduate of the class of 1957 at Kennett High School. After high school she would marry the late Paul A. Konitzer, move to Florida, and become a full time mother to four boys: Paul Jr., Patrick, Kevin and the late David Konitzer. However, she would ultimately divorce and return to her birth home in Kennett Square where she quickly entered the workforce as an administrative assistant, known then as secretaries, while she and her mother, Miriam, together raised her four boys. She excelled at her job working over 30 years at only two different companies. She also worked and loved her second job as a waitress at the old Unionville Inn in Unionville, PA. She worked every Tuesday and Saturday night without complaint for decades at the well-known restaurant. Later in life, after retiring as a secretary, she would be employed as a companion to elderly persons with physical and cognitive disabilities endearing herself to many families of her clients.

Despite this diligent work ethic to provide for her sons, she managed to attend many of their athletic events and activities over the years and never missed any of their major life events. She was proud that they would go on to become a doctor, two teachers and a small businessman/entrepreneur. Work was not her entire life though. Despite her commitment to her sons, she loved to travel with friends and family and managed to travel far and wide. She visited most countries in Western Europe as well as Greenland, Iceland, Canada, even the Arctic Circle as well several nations in the Caribbean. She traveled through practically all the states including Alaska and Hawaii. If there was a casino in any of these locations, she would find herself there late into the evening, frequently emptying the contents of her pocketbook but occasionally taking home a reasonably sized jackpot. Her favorite place on earth was likely Las Vegas, NV. She even enjoyed the going to the casinos of Pennsylvania with her son up until just weeks before her death. Her second to last trip resulted in her winning a small jackpot while playing her favorite slot machine (Tarzan).

Devoted to her sons, she was struck by tragedy in 1995 when her youngest beloved son, David, was killed in a traffic accident. Amazingly, she worked hard to quickly establish a scholarship in his memory to provide support for financially needy students from Chester County to assist them in attending West Chester University, David’s honorary alma mater. The memorial fund continues to award an annual scholarship to a student up to this day.

In the end, she was loved by family and friends, especially her sons, beyond what she could ever imagined and beyond what they could ever have expressed to her. She will be sorely missed but the memory of her diligent work ethic, devotion to her family and friends, especially her sons, will be forever remembered and celebrated.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents James A. Sr and Miriam Nilan, her brother James A. Nilan Jr and her son David S. Konitzer. She is survived by her sons, Paul Konitzer of Millsboro, DE, Patrick Konitzer of Ringtown, PA, and Kevin Konitzer of Wilmington, DE. along with her brothers David Nilan of Kennett Square, PA and Thomas Nilan of Newark, DE. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Joshua Konitzer, Natalia Konitzer, David, and Daniel Konitzer along with multiple nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Saturday, November 28th from 8 AM until 9:30 AM at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith St., Kennett Square, PA 19348 with inurnment to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, Kennett Square.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Patricia asked donations be made to the West Chester University Foundation for the David S. Konitzer Scholarship. Please make donations payable to the West Chester University Foundation, In Memo: David S Konitzer Scholarship and mail to 202 Carter Drive, West Chester, PA 19382.


Mass of Christian Burial

November 28, 2020 10 AM St. Patrick Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. Thank you everyone for the very kind and loving comments. We hope you all are able to attend her life celebration at Kennett Inn at a later date. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

    Paul, Patrick, Kevin and David ( in memoriam)

    Patrick Konitzer | December 16, 2020 at 3:39 PM
  2. Nilan / Konitzer Family were as much of Broad Street as they come. Growing up i always loved my long talks with Pat on front porch . As time pasted Pat’s ability as a single Mom along with her parents to raise 4 respectful , well mannered , Highly educated men . As a single Mom i know the struggles are real . God Bless you Pat . Thanks for the memories open ear and advice along the way .
    Paul , Patrick , Kevin Sorry I will be unable to make it do the work know your in my thoughts and prayers.
    Karen E Ruoss 🙏❤

    Karen Ruoss | November 27, 2020 at 10:12 PM
  3. I am glad that I had the privilege of knowing Pat. She was kind and very loyal to her family. She was very conscientious and always had a smile on her face. Her dedication to her job as a parent was outstanding. May she Rest In Peace. She will be missed .
    Sharon McMahon Journey

    Sharon Journey | November 23, 2020 at 6:16 PM
  4. So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. We graduated high school together in 1957 and had many good times at the snack shack in Kennett. She loved to dance and was pretty good at it. She was always so much fun to be around and to have as a friend. My thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

    Boojie Pannell Medon | November 17, 2020 at 2:25 PM
  5. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a sweet lady. On one of my trips home, I went by the cemetery in Kennett. I stopped by David’s grave, placed some flowers and visited, then turned to leave. A lady was watching me, Mrs Konitzer. She approached me and thanked me for bringing flowers and remembering her son. I explained to her we went to school to together, I was now living in Montana, but I liked to visit when I came home. She hugged me and we chatted for a few minutes. I will always remember that day. Whenever I make it back to Kennett I always make a trip to the cemetery. Now I will be sure to stop and bring Mrs Konitzer flowers, too. I won’t forget her. Again I am so sorry for your loss.

    Kristian Testa-Denny | November 17, 2020 at 1:35 PM
  6. So very saddened to hear of Pat’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with all of your family. I hope very much to be able to attend at least some part of the service. I have so many fond memories of growing up on and also returning to raise my son and nieces on South Broad St! Many evenings did I end up on the “Nilan’s” front porch enjoying a glass of tea with Pat and her mom! My niece Glenda had a habit of sneaking out (aged 3-5 at the time!)! Always to be found sitting with your grandmother having a deep conversation! Couldn’t understand half of what she said but Mrs. Nilan and Pat said she always made their day!
    All our love,
    Fran (Ruoss) Scholl and family.

    Frances Scholl | November 14, 2020 at 3:54 PM
  7. Dear Patrick and family…Our most sincere sympathies on your mother’s passing. She sounds like a truly remarkable woman. Be Well.
    Joan & Bob Weiner (Lisa’s parents)

    Bob Weiner | November 14, 2020 at 11:07 AM
  8. So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom, we had so many good memories of living on Broad Street. She will be surely missed by family & friends but will always be in your hearts.

    Love, light, and peace during this difficult time.

    My Blessings to All
    Christine (Groves) Porter

    Christine (Groves) Porter | November 14, 2020 at 9:39 AM
  9. To Pat`s Family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. We were friends for many years, some close, and some gaps in the years, but we would always pick up where we left off as if we had seen each other yesterday. I pray God gives you the courage to bear this great burden. Her beautiful smile will always be my favorite memory of her. My Sincerest Sympathy to All, Patsy Vanderkraats

    Patsy Vanderkraats | November 13, 2020 at 3:55 PM

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