Patricia F. Hayes, 96, of rural Emden, passed away Sunday (Dec. 24, 2017) while holding the hand of her son, Mark, at Hopedale Nursing Home, Hopedale.
She was born Jan. 21, 1921, in Peoria, to Charles J. and Lucille Hutter Fahy. Patricia married her beloved J. Thomas Hayes on Nov. 22, 1951, in Oglesby, and they celebrated 61 years together in 2012.
She is survived by one son, Mark (Star) Hayes, Lincoln; two daughters-in-law, Jan (Mark) Schleder, Green Valley, and Dawn Hayes, Glenview; one sister, Margaret Stegen, Richmond, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Allman, Monticello, and Margaret Hayes, Hopedale; two granddaughters, Theresa (Justin) Kegley and their children, Riley, Cooper and Colton of Rockford, and Leanne (Daniel) Walton and their children, Jack and Joah of Sugar Grove; and grandson, Caleb (Jordan) Schleder, Duluth, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J. Thomas; and three sons, John, Daniel, and Christopher.
Patricia graduated in the Class of 1938 from Rockford High School. Prior to her marriage, Patricia was a Civil Service employee, working at Camp Grant in Rockford and the Veterans Administration office in LaSalle.
She was a faithful parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she served on the Altar and Rosary Society. Patricia was a longtime volunteer at Hopedale Medical Complex, where she could be found calling out bingo for the nursing home residents. She was also very well-known for her award-winning delicious sugar cookies.
Patricia was known for her relentless faith in God and commitment to her faith. The family extends their gratitude to the staff at Hopedale Medical Complex where "Mrs. Pat" had been a resident for seven years.
A funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Delavan. Msgr. Timothy Nolan will officiate. Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Delavan. Davis-Oswald Funeral Home, Delavan, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Hopedale Medical Complex.