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Patricia Horowitz, 53, dies six months to the day after husband

Saturday, May 15, 2004
Tim Botos
The Repository

Compassionate in her job, strong in the wake of her husband’s death, and radiant at her daughter’s recent wedding, Patricia Horowitz was pushing on.

In public, the 53-year-old may have been overshadowed by her more visible husband, the late Stark County Prosecutor and Probate Judge Robert Horowitz. But in real life, they were equal partners, sweethearts and the love of each other’s life.

On Friday morning — six months to the day after her husband’s sudden death — Patricia Horowitz died.

She had suffered from multiple sclerosis, but the cause of her death wasn’t immediately known. The Stark County coroner’s office is investigating it as a natural death.

Family friend Paul Mastriacovo, chief counsel for the prosecutor’s office, said he saw Patricia on Saturday night at her daughter Jennifer’s wedding at the Glenmoor Country Club. Patricia was coping with her husband’s death, trying to move on, he said.

Robert Horowitz died Nov. 14 of complications from a medical procedure.

“I know she greatly missed Bob ... they were life partners,” Mastriacovo said.

Maybe, he said, that’s why the news of her death was both stunning, yet not surprising.

Patricia Leise, a Canton native, married Horowitz, a New Yorker, in September 1972. The couple had two daughters, Erin and Jennifer. Erin had recently moved back into her mom’s house on Market Avenue N.

After working with the Stark County Mental Health Association, Patricia took a job at the Child & Adolescent Service Center in Canton in 1983. She had worked there ever since, most recently as an advocate for parents.

Also a mental health agency, the center helps families, children and adolescents with counseling, case management and linking families to services. Mrs. Horowitz’s job was to help parents navigate a sometimes complex system to reach help.

Mike Johnson, the center’s executive director, hired Patricia nearly 21 years ago. He said her calming personality, empathy and compassion fit her duties. People listened to her; they trusted what she told them.

But nothing was more important to her than family, Johnson said. That’s why no matter the official cause of death, he knows what killed her.

“Pat died of a broken heart,” he said.

Mastriacovo said it may be mended now. “I just know they’re holding hands again.”

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