Patricia C. ‘Teedee’ Trinchero

GILROY, Calif. – Patricia C. Trinchero, born April, 2, 1950, to Michael and Jean Bardon, passed away peacefully at her home in Gilroy, Calif., on Feb. 28, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. She was 62 years young.

She was born in Westport and moved to Gilroy, where she was married to John Trinchero and raised a family of three boys: William, Christopher and Andy. Patricia, or “Granny-T,” was a devoted mother and grandmother of three grandchildren. Her children and grandchildren were her passion, and she was an advocate for their educational goals and dreams.

Throughout her years in pharmaceuticals research and animal sciences, Patricia helped develop many new drugs that enriched and saved countless lives throughout the world. Within the animal sciences research community, she helped develop new and innovative means for more effective and efficient drug trials. She was a brilliant scientist and intellectual. Her zeal for hard work was contagious.

Patricia loved to travel, spoke many different languages and was an accomplished chef, winning several major cook-off awards and being published in numerous cookbooks. She was also a member of the Italian Catholic Federation and participated in many different charities for cancer research and mental illness programs.

Patricia was survived by her husband of 30 years, John Trinchero; her brother Michael Bardon; two children, Chris Scheefer of Houston, Texas, and Andrew Trinchero of Gilroy; and three grandchildren: Bliss Scheefer, Laci Scheefer and Cade Scheefer, also residing in Texas.

Private services will be held for family and close friends in the near future, as arrangements are still being made. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to the following organizations that Patricia supported: Susan G. Komen ( or National Breast Cancer Foundation (

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