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Patricia M. Bradanini

September 7, 1930 July 3, 2019
Patricia M. Bradanini
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Patricia Bradanini was born in Houston, Texas, September 7, 1930 to parents Henry and Alexine McCarthy. Graduating from high school at 16, she entered the University of Texas in Austin two weeks after turning 17. She was a member of Delta Zeta sorority and served as its president in 1950-51. Graduating in 1951, she returned to Houston and subsequently worked for three years at radio station KTHT.
Patricia moved to Vacaville, California in 1954, and in 1956 married John Bradanini. After two years of teaching at Ulatis School, she temporarily stopped teaching to await the birth of her second child, John Patrick Bradanini on September 1, 1957. In the fall of 1958, she began teaching fourth grade at Hemlock School, where she remained for ten years. During that time, she attended Sacramento State College and received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and an Administrative Credential. In September of 1968, she began a ten-year administrative service in the Benicia Unified School District, serving as principal of Mary Farmer School for four years and Robert Semple for six years.
In the fall of 1978, she returned to Vacaville to be closer to her family, teaching third grade at Hemlock until being named principal of Eugene Padan School in the fall of 1979. In December of 1986, her husband, John Bradanini, passed away. Working with a wonderful staff and supportive parents, Padan School was recognized in 1987 as a California Distinguished School, followed by the designation as a National Distinguished School. The trip to Washington, D.C. to receive the national award on behalf of the school was an exceptional thrill and honor for Pat.
In the fall of 1989, Patricia was named principal of Browns Valley School, which was then under construction. Working at the district office for two years, she worked on the district’s yearly progress reports, Earthquake and Disaster plans, Attendance Boundary Directory, and plans for furniture and equipment for Browns Valley, Callison, and Cooper Schools. With the state then requiring districts to adopt year-round schedules, Patricia had the opportunity to facilitate the development of a year-round schedule for Browns Valley School, which opened in July of 1991 with four rotating schedules. The opportunity to organize and operate a year-round school was a great opportunity, as the teachers and students demonstrated increased interest and attitudes toward academic achievement.
In 1965, Patricia was elected as a trustee representing the Vacaville/Winters area to the Solano Community College district, and served from district formation through construction of facilities in Cordelia, and retiring from the board in 1980. In the meantime, she also served as an elected member of the Vacaville Unified School District from 1975-1978. In 1995, after 41 years in education, Pat retired, and was subsequently elected to the Vacaville Unified School District Board of Trustees, which she served on until 2000.
Following retirement, Patricia traveled with long-time friend, Joy Graham, to Italy in 1996. It was on this trip that she met Howard E. Mylott and they were married in August of 1996.
Since moving to Vacaville in 1954, Patricia has lived in the English Hills area, working for sixteen years for the development of a community water system for the water-scarce area. Also, since 1995, Patricia has proudly served as a director of the Vacaville Rural Fire Protection District until she retired in 2013.
Patricia has always been an avid reader, reading more than a hundred books each year, and continually crocheting afghans for friends and relatives. She also loved the outdoors and spent a great deal of time with her son, John, four-wheeling in the Sierras with the Cliffhangers Jeep Club.

Some of her fondest memories include the following:
-vacationing and four-wheeling in the majestic San Juan Mountains near Ouray, Colorado
-riding horseback eight miles each way to explore Anazasi ruin Keet Seel in the Navajo National Monument in Arizona, as well as visiting numerous Anazasi ruins in the Southwest
-hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
-taking a seven-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon
-visiting many National Parks
-visiting all but two of the nation’s states
-exploring the Hawaiian Islands; taking helicopter trips over Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii; as well as flying over and visiting Volcano National Parks
-flying over Haleakala and driving the Hana Road to Maui
-helicoptering inside the wettest place on Earth: Mount Waialeale on the island of Kauai; hovering inside the dormant volcano with finger-like waterfalls tumbling down inside the crater
-taking a zodiac raft trip up Kauai’s Napali coast
-touring Italy, Scotland and Ireland (including Blarney Castle in Ireland and Stirling Castle in Scotland, as well as many others)

Since retirement in 1995, Patricia always appreciated being recognized by former students and their parents.

Patricia lost her son, Randy Michael Bradanini, in 1971, at the age of 16; her father, Henry Patrick McCarthy, in 1978; her husband, John Bradanini in 1986; her husband Howard E. Mylott in 2003; her 101 year-old mother, Alexine Emery Pouls in 2005; and step-brother Francis Pouls of Santa Cruz in 2007.

She is survived by beloved son, John Patrick Bradanini, his wife Betty Ann Bradanini; granddaughters Lindsey Crandell (Paul Crandell), Erika Vieira (Phill Vieira), and Kelsey Seminoff (Aaron Seminoff); great-grandchildren Alexine (9), Paxton (7), Emery (2), Dexter (1); sister, Sharon McCarthy, as well as many other family and friends.

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Visitation

Tuesday

9

Jul

5:00 PM 7/9/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/9/2019 8:00:00 PM
McCune Garden Chapel

212 Main St.
Vacaville, CA 95688

McCune Garden Chapel
212 Main St. Vacaville 95688 CA
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

10

Jul

10:00 AM 7/10/2019 10:00:00 AM
McCune Garden Chapel

212 Main St.
Vacaville, CA 95688

McCune Garden Chapel
212 Main St. Vacaville 95688 CA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery Final Resting Place

522 Elmira Rd.
Vacaville, CA 95687

522 Elmira Rd. Vacaville 95687 CA
United States
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