OSWEGO, NY – Dennis Pacheco, 51, of Oswego, NY, left this world on Thursday March 17, 2011, at his home surrounded by family and friends.
Dennis was a 1977 graduate of Oswego Catholic High School.
He and Jane Kleinbach were married in Oswego on March 29, 1980.
He was accomplished in many diverse occupations.
He graduated from Chabot College of Hayward, Calif., with a degree in accounting.
Thereafter, the young couple moved to Texas where he learned the trade of machinist.
After the birth of their first daughter, Jessica, they moved back to Oswego, where a daughter, Kristin (Muppy) and a son, Nathaniel, were born.
There Dennis began a career in nuclear power at James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant where he started as an office worker, continued as a maintenance electrician and retired as a licensed reactor operator.
He was employed at the JAF Nuclear Power Plant (Entergy) for almost 30 years.
Dennis worked hard and played hard.
He was an avid motorcyclist and enjoyed motorsports, hunting, construction, woodworking and playing harmonica.
He appreciated all types of music, but especially enjoyed the blues and was known to do an impromptu Elvis impersonation on many occasions.
He enjoyed coaching soccer and baseball teams as his children grew through the years.
When he wasn’t coaching, he was their greatest fan.
Dennis would say he was blessed with a wonderful life, surrounded by many friends and a loving family.
His family was the center of his world.
He was an extremely proud husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Jane (Kleinbach) Pacheco; and children, Jessica (Robert) Newson of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Kristin (David) DeGroff of Royal Oak, MI, Nathaniel Pacheco of Oswego; daughter-friend, Jennifer Cushman of Fredericksburg, Va.; and grandchildren, Cole and Allison Newson.
Dennis has donated his body to science, hoping to make a difference in the medical world especially in the cures for cancer.
A mass will be said in his name at the Hall Newman Center Monday March 21 at 2 p.m.
The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, NY 13126 or Upstate Medical University c/o The Anatomical Gift Program, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210.