A Celebration of Life for Pat has been postponed at this time. Please check back for updated dates and times.
My dear Pat passed away peacefully in her sleep during the early morning hours of Thursday, August 25th, after a hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer. She suffered so much, but is now at peace in Heaven. She was the strongest woman I ever knew.
She was also the most amazing woman I know – smart; beautiful in body, mind, and soul; loving; caring; tough; talented in so many ways. We started dating when she was 14, and I was barely 17. We dated for 4 years, got married, and celebrated our 48th anniversary this past June. She was the only woman I have ever loved, and I miss her with every fiber of my being.
In addition to being my beloved wife, she was the loving mother of Steve and Dan, and their wonderful wives, Shannon and Therese, and was the dear grandma to Audrey, Eli, Kellan, and JoJo.
She was preceded into Heaven by her brother, Mike, and dad, Mick. She is survived by her sweet mother, Maureen; dear brother, Jim, his lovely wife Lynn; beautiful nieces, Trina and Shannon, and their wonderful husbands, Derek and Mike; and cousins near and far.
Pat started her work life at Ideals Publishing while still in high school, and was so beautiful that she appeared in three of their books, including one on the cover. She then went to work at Kohl’s Corporate in the buying office for 35 years. She made many life-long friends at Kohl’s – Wende, Cindy, Chris, Lisa, Sue, Melissa, Mira, Andi, Becky, Rachael, Rhonda, Erica, Katie, David, and many more.
She had many friends outside of work as well, including her best friend Cathy from high school and Cathy’s husband Dale. Their family is like a second family to ours. Also, Pat was recently reunited with an old friend from many years ago, Jeanie, (husband Scott), and she was very happy to reconnect with her.
Pat was so talented in so many ways, loved anything Stephen King, horror books and movies; she loved to work crafts, do gardening, and was the most organized person I know. Who else do you know who made spreadsheets of their flower beds – what went where, with photos and descriptions? She kept detailed lists of Christmas cards, presents, and created our budget from scratch. She loved hard rock music, fast cars, drove fast, and never got a ticket – or so she said. She loved all creatures, great and small, from the birds, bunnies, and squirrels in our yard, to the 4 dogs and one cat we shared our lives with. And most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends.
A Celebration of Life for Pat has been postponed at this time. Please check back for updated dates and times. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please feel free to make a donation to The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, or the Humane Society, in Pat’s honor.
I love you, Baby Boo, and I miss you terribly; until we meet again.
Love you always and forever,
Pat and I met in 1st grade at St. Aloysius grade school and shared a common bond of fire fighter fathers. In high school we enjoyed many delightful double dates. Pat and Mike had the fairytale romance that we all wish for.. Through a small miracle named Jeff I was reunited with Pat after many years. Most recently I was blessed with afternoons of laughs, memories, teasing and reminiscing. Pat leaves a legacy of strength and fierceness to aid us all in our grief. Thank you Hanson and Kalamarz families for sharing her with me.