NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Patricia Lu Arledge-Loonie of New Canaan died Oct. 12 at Stamford Hospital after a battle with leukemia with her husband, Bob, at her side. She was 50.
A producer for "Dateline NBC," Arledge-Loonie won an Emmy Award in 1993 for her work covering a wave of fires that hit Malibu, Calif., that year.
Born Aug. 4, 1962, in White Plains, N.Y., she was the daughter of Joan Spring of Sarasota, Fla., and the late Roone P. Arledge, former chairman of ABC News. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in history in 1984.
Arledge-Loonie worked as a television producer in Los Angeles and New York for many years. She married Robert Loonie on June 21, 1997. In 2002, the family moved to New Canaan, where she was a volunteer in her children’s schools.
She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Loonie, of New Canaan; her two children, Parker and Tate; her mother, Joan Spring; two sisters, Betsey Arledge, of New York City, and Susan Arledge, of Brookline, Mass.; a brother, Roone (Christina) Arledge, of Longboat Key, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Jean (Tom) Macmillan, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and three nephews and four nieces.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hoyt Funeral Home in New Canaan. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Canaan. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parker and Tate Arledge-Loonie Guardian Fund, Attn. Rob Kunces, The Bank of New Canaan, 208 Elm St., New Canaan, CT 06840, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.