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Celebrating the life of

Patricia Ann Finn Saseen

December 20, 1941 - July 11, 2021

Patricia Ann Finn Saseen

Patricia Ann Finn Saseen died peacefully on Sunday, July 11, 2021, with her loving family at her side after a long fight with Parkinson’s Disease.

Pat was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida the daughter of Austin and Gladys Finn.  She graduated from Florida State University with honors, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in three years. She also pursued graduate work at Emory University, and the University of Madrid.  Her scholastic honors included Phi Kappa Phi (French honorary) Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish honorary), Pi Delta Phi (academic honorary), Alpha  Lambda Delta (academic honorary) and Phi Beta Kappa (academic honorary).  Pat also represented the university as Orange Bowl Queen in 1961. 

She was married to attorney Joseph 0. Saseen for over 47 years. Her two sons from a previous marriage, Donald McGaughay Alexander, III and Mark Austin Alexander were the joy of her life. Don, married to Karen Cameron, lives in Wake Forest, NC with their two sons, Liam and Pierce. Mark and wife, Meredith Marshall, live in Louisville, Kentucky with their three children, Emily, Ainsley and Austin.

Earlier in her career, she worked at C&S Bank.  Pat's primary professional experience was with the University System of Georgia where she served as director of the Foreign Language and Culture Center, The Coastal Georgia Center and as a regional development specialist, helping to fund and frame the University Honors Program. She retired from Georgia Southern University in 2004. In her capacities at GSU Pat received several national awards including the President's E Award for export service received from the Department of Commerce, The Child Welfare League of America's Friend of Children award.  She loved to travel and visited most of seven continents. Her favorite trip was sailing around Cape Horn from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Pat’s love of gourmet cooking, the Arts, and world travel was only surpassed by her love for her dogs and grandchildren. 

Pat was active in the Savannah community formerly serving as President of Coastal Georgia and Carolina Phi Beta Kappa; Chaired three terms for Chatham County Hospital Authority; Director of Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank; President of Savannah Symphony Women's Guild; President for three terms for Parent & Child Development Services; President of Chatham Commerce Club; First Chair for  Savannah Arts Commission; Founding Board of Governor for First City Club; Governor's International Advisory Council Chair for Conklin Trust; Montgolfier Society; Chair for Savannah Home for Girls Endowment Trust; Vice-chair for Memorial Medical Center. Pat was former chair, vice-chair and member Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation, Inc., and was a member of the Founding Steering Committee for St. Joseph' s/Candler Center for Movement Disorders. She was a member of Cathedral Restoration Committee, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Savannah District Export Council, Rotary Club of Skidaway Island and Rotary Club of Savannah,

The family is thankful for the visits to the Habersham House by Tricia Windom, Mary Ann Smith, Virginia Logan, Becky Cheatham, and Peggy Harris among others.  

The family is also grateful and thankful for Ruby Cuyler who cared for Pat in the evenings and the team at the Habersham House.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2021, from 11 a.m. to noon at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. A burial service will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Bonaventure Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please support a charity of your choice or the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation, Inc.,2002 Bull Street, Savannah, GA.31401-9180 or the Parkinson’s Foundation, or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. 

 

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My deepest sympathies to Joe and her children

- Carl Pruetz, Savannah, Ga

Our deepest condolences for Joe and Pat's family. Pat did so much for Savannah and Georgia Southern University.

- Nick and Muriel Henry, Savannah, Ga

Sending my condolences to Papa Joe, Donnie and Mark. Many great times in my childhood were spent at the Saseen residence. Such a wonderful family led by such an incredible woman. Pat certainly left her mark on the Savannah community and will be missed.

- Jonathan Arkin, Atlanta, Georgia

What an excellent leader and colleague! Pat loved Savannah and worked tirelessly to bring educational and cultural opportunities to the city and region. Savannah and southeast Georgia will surely miss her sophistication and grace.

- Kathleen M. Burke, former Dean of CPS, Georgia Southern University, Washington, DC

A beautiful picture of Pat at a glorious period in her life. The Obituary is a stunning reminder of her many achievements . Treasured memories linger, as condolences go to you all. Lynda Hamilton

- Lynda Hamilton, Statesboro, Georgia

Condolences, thanks and thoughts to the many who loved and cared for this talented, fine woman.

- Ardis H Wood, Savannah, GA

That lovely face will be missed by so many....her accomplishments are legendary. Despite leaving Savannah in the 80s my memories of Pat have not faded. Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss. Anne Horstman, Madison, GA

- Anne Horstman, Madison, GA

Deepest sympathies to you Joe, and the family, on Pat's passing. May her beautiful, indomitable spirit be free and at peace now. Sending love from all your friends in Ireland.

- Georgia Hopkins, Cork, Ireland

Please accept my condolences for your lost. I wish you peace and comfort as you grieve. Sending prayers to you and your family.

- Angel MAs, Ossining , NY

Our hearts go out to Joe, Don, Mark, and their families. What a loss of an amazing woman who gave her heart -and her whole self with all the gifts and skills that she had - to those she loved, and the causes in which she believed. She was one-of-a-kind, beautiful in heart and soul, excelling in everything she took on, and she touched the hearts and lives of hundreds she called her friends. She left the world a better place, and all of us better people, because she was here.

- Shirley Wright and Dennis Alexander, Tybee Island, GA

Our heartfelt sympathy to Mark and his family

- Joe & Mary Kasman, Kiawah island , Sc

My sincere condolences on your loss. Enjoyed working with Pat at C & S. She was a very talented and lovely person.

- Al Pace, Savannah, GA

I will always remember Pat as a wonderful neighbor, tennis buddy, and friend. May your happy memories and your faith bring you comfort at this sad time. With sympathy, Carol Booker

- Carol Booker, Savannah, GA

My deepest sympathies to you, Joe.. It’s been a long and hard fight for both Ms. Pat and you. Also my condolences to her children and grandchildren. I will always treasure the time and fun memories Ms. Pat and I shared. Specially our trip to Machu Picchu in 2008. She had been an inspiration to many. She will be greatly missed by all who had the fortune to have known her. Again, my thoughts and prayers will be with Joe and families.

- Laura Liu, Savannah , Garage

Pat was an amazing woman that made a great impact on many lives. Savannah was blessed to have her and will miss her greatly. Our deepest condolences to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Routon, Savannah, Ga

Pat was an amazing woman that made a great impact on many lives. Savannah was blessed to have her and will miss her greatly. Our deepest condolences to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Routon Family, Savannah, Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200