BLOOMINGTON — Patricia Jo Ficca, 79, Bloomington, passed away Thursday (Dec. 5, 2013) at her Westminster Village residence.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Evelyn Chapel at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, with the Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard officiating. A reception for friends and family will be in the Joslin Atrium of the Memorial Center at IWU from noon to 2 p.m. following the service on Monday. A private inurnment will be at Funk’s Grove Cemetery, McLean County.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, OSF Hospice, Westminister Village Foundation or IWU Ficca Theater Scholarship. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Patricia was born Nov. 29, 1934, in Salem, W.Va., a daughter to Wayne and Florence Stone Hurst. She married John Ficca on Sept. 6, 1953, in Follansbee, W.Va.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Wayne Hurst and Florence Stone, and her sister, Linda Spillers.
She is survived by her husband, John; sisters, Helen Chapman and Connie Dwyer; children, Dirk (Lynda) Ficca, Darby (Hudson) Venerable, Dawn (Michael Pautz) Coursey and Douglas (Marsha Veninga) Ficca; grandchildren, Dillon and Connor Ficca, Lindsay (David) Hoffman, John (Kelsey) Venerable, Blair (Jon) Beuttler and Alyson Ficca; and her great-grandchildren, Jacob and Bradley Hoffman.
Patricia attended West Liberty State College in West Virginia and finalized her bachelor’s degree at IWU. She taught kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary School and was the preschool director for 18 years at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington.
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