Patricia Flach, an artist and designer who lived in New York City and spent her childhood summers in East Hampton, died on Sunday in her sleep following an illness.
Known as Trish, she was born in New York City to Mary McGovern and Fred Ruisseau.
After attending the Convent of the Sacred Heart Duchesne College, where she painted with George Hoffman and Arthur Schneider, Ms. Flach continued on to the Art Students League and National Academy. Her work was exhibited in local galleries.
In New York City, Ms. Flach established an interior decorating firm and a private boutique. She later became a fashion designer whose work was shown in print and on television.
Her last job in the fashion industry was as a stylist, choosing work clothes for clients. She also “helped her own children to always look their best,” her family wrote.
Ms. Flach spent childhood summers in East Hampton and later summered here with her own four children. Her marriage to their father ended in divorce. The family were members of the Maidstone Club and the Devon Yacht Club and later of the Amagansett Beach Association.
Ms. Flach purchased a summer house in Amagansett and became a full-time resident of East Hampton after her marriage in 1998 to Fred Mittmann, a builder.
Ms. Flach enjoyed spending time with her children. Family and close friends were of great value to her, and her most rewarding life’s work was raising her children, her family said.
She is survived by her husband, and four children, Frederica Flach Murphey of California, Geraldine Flach Sybesma of New Jersey, Christopher Flach and Andrew Flach of New York, and by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A mass was held yesterday at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. Msgr. Donald M. Hanson presided. Burial followed at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.