Patricia “Pat” Jean Vintro - Clement died Dec. 26, 2016 at her home in Sonora. Pat was born Nov. 3, 1946, in Pittsburg, California, to Manuel “Manny” and Barbara “Jeannie” Vintro. She and her younger brother, Larry Vintro, were raised in Bethel Island. The family later settled in Antioch.

Pat worked as an administrative assistant in the Bay Area for a number of years before retiring to Confidence. She owned and operated the Confidence Inn bar from April 1994 until September 2013, when an electrical fire claimed the historic structure.

Family called Pat “Little General," standing not five feet tall but intimidating as hell. She possessed a sharp wit and sharper tongue; a woman who was unabashedly and unapologetically herself. Pat wasn’t fearless, but had the courage and character to face her battles head on.

She was a hardworking and dedicated businesswoman with an avid interest in politics. Pat enjoyed music, played the accordion, and was involved in community theater for a number of years in the Bay Area. She also enjoyed cooking, though she was a grandmother more likely to make you a stiff drink than bake cookies.

Pat was preceded in death by her significant other, Salvador Blanco.

She is survived by three children, Richard (Gabby) Pereria, Karen Clement, and Laura (Mike) Fowler; and six grandchildren.

No services are planned, but she will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.

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