Patricia Marie Keefe obituary

Patricia Marie Keefe Obituary

Elizabeth, Indiana, United States

December 18, 1925 - November 10, 2014

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Patricia Marie Keefe obituary

Patricia Marie Keefe Obituary

Dec 18, 1925 - Nov 10, 2014

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Patricia Marie Keefe, 88Patricia Marie Keefe, 88, of Pittsfield, IL, formerly of Tipton, Indiana, died November 10, 2014, at Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield, IL.Patricia was born on December 18, 1925 in Lafayette, IN, third daughter to William Patrick and Mildred Humphrey Keefe. She is survived by a sister, Catherine H. Foresman of Vienna, VA; 5 nieces; Linda Henry of Pittsfield, IL, Margaret (Laymond) Rose of Vienna, VA, Joan (Jeff) Peelman of Ijamsville, MD, Janet Foresman (Wayne) Garcia of Fairfax, VA and Patricia Foresman of Ft. Atkinson, WI; 5 nephews, 2 great-nieces, and 1 great-nephew.She is preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Sister Mildred Marie C.S.C. (Sister of Holy Cross) and a nephew, James Patrick Foresman. Patricia graduated from Freeland Park High School and entered nursing training as a Cadet at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette, IN in 1946. She moved to Sacramento, CA. where she worked as a graduate nurse at Sutter Hospital until time to return to Indiana to take state boards to become a registered nurse. After passing the state boards in 1947, she worked at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She later worked as a dental assistant, which gave her time to attend Jordon School of Music. She loved dancing, going to stage performances, playing the piano, singing and painting. Patricia spent her life caring for others, beginning with her parents. Her mother, Mildred Keefe, suffered a stroke in 1952. She also cared for her father, who had Parkinson's disease, until his death in 1957. She continued to care for her mother at home who needed 24 hour care for 22 years before making the difficult decision to transfer her mother into Edgewood Care Center in Oxford, IN. She continued to care for her for 11 more years until her mothers death in 1985. During that time, Pat was asked by Father Fred Geschwind, who was pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Oxford, IN, to serve as housekeeper. Pat then moved to Father Fred's new parish, St. John the Baptist, in Tipton, IN. She served as housekeeper, bookkeeper, and provided music (piano, organ and guitar) for the parish. After his retirement, Father Fred was assigned a position as Chaplain at Sisters of St. Joseph Convent and Conference Center in Tipton, IN where Pat also retired and continued as housekeeper and caregiver. Pat continued to assist Father Fred after he suffered a stroke, until his death in 2004. After Father Fred's death, Pat continued as a resident and was cared for by the Sisters of St. Joseph at the center until it closed in 2012. In April, 2012, Patricia was transferred from St. Joseph Center to Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield, IL where she was lovingly cared for. Staff remembers her as a gentle person who was both quiet and yet had a great sense of humor. St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pittsfield, IL administered pastoral care to Patricia. Her niece, Linda Henry, lived nearby and provided much care and comfort to her. Visitation will be 10 to 11 am Saturday, November 15, 2014, at Sacred Heart Church in Fowler, IN with a Funeral Mass at 11 am Officiated by Fr. Peter Vanderkulk and Fr. Donald Gross. Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Kentland, IN. Donations may be made to: St. Mary's Catholic Church, 226 East Adams St., Pittsfield, IL, 62363 or Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center Activity Fund, 1400 East Washington, Pittsfield, IL 62363.
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