Dennis Pacheco, 51

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.

11 Comments

  1. Jane and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Dennis’s passing. My deepest sympathy to all. He was a
    great man and friend and will be truely missed by all that knew him. My thoughts
    and prayers to you at this most difficult time.

  2. Jane, so sorry to hear of your loss. Dennis was a great person, and the world is a little less bright because he is not in it. Our prayers go out to you and your children.
    Pat and Dawn Roser and family.

  3. Jane,
    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I remember Dennis in the early years at Hamilton Homes when he lived right next door. We once had a haunted house in his apartment and charged the neighborhood kids an admission price to get in. It was neat to see him again during the high school years. He was always the same fun-loving, go-get-em kind of guy. He was one of those people you couldn’t help but like.
    Peace Dennis.
    Dan Reynolds

  4. Jane,
    I am so very, very sorry for your loss. This is terrible for someone so young and with such a beautiful family. Oh, Jane, I feel so badly for you. I wish I could come to the Mass on Monday, but I’m working and can’t get away. I also can’t find your address. I do home you get this. I’ll be in touch with Sr. Jeremiah and have her pass the word on. Be assured of my love and prayers for you and the children…. How did Dennis reach 51 so quickly? You’re still teens in my heart…

    So much love,
    Kathleen Owens

  5. DEAR JANE AND FAMILY WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS HIS SUFFERING IS NOW OVER AND HE IS PAIN FREE YOU ARE ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS I AM SORRY I NEVER MET HIM BUT EVERYTHING I HEARD TOLD ME HE WAS ONE VERY SPECIAL PERSON AND TOTALLY DEVOTED TO HIS FAMILY AND I AM SURE YOU HOLD VERY SPECIAL MEMORIES AND ALWAYS WILL PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF WE CAN DO ANYTHING TO HELP AT ALL DEBBIE ,LOU AND CHAD SHANNON’S MOM YOUR CALIFORNIA MARATHON BUDDY WE WILL BE THINKING OF YOU IN THE DAYS AHEAD

  6. To his family, Dennis mentioned many times to me that he was a blessed man . He counted hs family first and foremost of his blessings. He will be missed by so many people. He was a person who knew what was important and he pursued that with true dignity. I am so sorry for your great loss and you are in my prayers. Rest in peace Dennis knowing you made a positive difference in many lives.

  7. Jane, please accept my sincerest condolences to you and your families for the loss of a truly wonderful person. I first met Dennis he was just a youngster full of life. I worked with him off and on for the 23 years that I was at Fitz and he was always a gentlemen. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    May God Bless and Give You Strength

  8. I was so sorry to hear of your husband. I will pray for you and your family that you have the strength and fortitude to think of the wonderful life you had together. Our Court will also be saddened when I tell them of his death.
    Marge Corsoniti- Fulton, CDA Court #833

  9. Jane and family,
    We are saddened by your loss. Dennis will be remembered for his caring attitude and good sense of humor.
    We will pray for you and your family.

  10. Jane and family,
    So sorry to hear about your loss, Dennis was a great man…a man we can only remember as a great husband, father and friend, we all know he is with the lord by his side and smiling from above. Our prayers go out to you and all the children…

    your friend, Bob Escobar

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