In Memory

Patricia Patterson

Patricia Patterson

the following information was provided by Craig Rockenstein, a Shroder and Woodward classmate of Pat's. 

Pat was a classmate at Shroder and Woodward. She was one of six Woodward grads who attended Denison University and I did get to see her and John Kimpel when our sports teams from the College of Wooster played Denison. Later I worked with her father, George Patterson, at the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office during the last 1970's and learned of Pat's death, along with her husband (also a Denison grad), while taking an aerial sightseeing trip in Alaska. She was a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways. Her premature passing was a real shame as she was always very friendly. Hopefully attached is the link to the Findagrave website that illustrates the grave marker.
Craig Rockenstein
Deceased Classmate: Pat Patterson
Obituary Link:
Date Of Birth:
Date Deceased: 9-6-1977
Age at Death:
Cause of Death: Injuries from Airplane Crash in Alaska
Classmate City:
Classmate State:
Classmate Country: USA
Was a Veteran: No
Survived By:
 Patricia <I>Patterson</I> Beckwith
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Patricia Patterson Beckwith
6 Sep 1977 (aged 29–30)
Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota, USA

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09/16/10 12:37 PM #1    

Charlotte Patton

I met Pat in homeroom in 10th grade.  She sat in front of me because she was Patterson and I was Patton.  Never was alphabetical seating so good to me!  I was first struck by her beauty and then by her sweetness.  Instant friends -- I was elated.  I sometimes couldn't believe that such a beautiful, smart cool girl like Pat wanted to be friends with me!  We remained friends all through high school, often double or triple dating together.  We were often at each other's houses and had a friendly rivalry because she was a cheerleader and I was a majorette.  I remember when the cheerleaders challenged the majorettes to a halftime basketball game during one of our varsity games.  There were cartoon pictures plastered everywhere showing a cheerleader standing on a mangled and bloodied majorette.  I had no idea that those sweet cheerleaders, especially Pat, could be so vicious!  It was all in good fun, of course and if memory serves, we actually beat them.  (Let me know if any of you remember differently.)

I really loved Pat.  She was my best friend and we confided everything to each other.  During our college years, when she was back from Denison and I was at UC, we would get together and talk about our lives and loves at college.  I remember how excited we both were when she met Hal, the love of her life and they announced their engagement. 

After a few years, we lost touch.  Then at the 20th reunion (the first one I had attended), I asked "has anyone seen Pat Patterson?" and received the sad news that she had died years earlier in a plane crash while working as a stewardess.  I put my emotions aside and went on to enjoy seeing my classmates and hearing about their lives but when I got back to my mother's house and she asked me about the reunion, I broke into sobs.  It broke my heart to know that I would never see my high school best friend again.

10/06/14 11:54 AM #2    

Micky (Marlene) Schwartz (Mayer)

Patty and I were great friends all during elementary( Pleasant Ridge) and junior high ( Schroeder) and use to walk home together and have a quick snack at her house before I made it on to mine.  I have such fond memories of her coming over to my house a couple of New Year's Eve and playing Monoply until the wee hours of the night.  She was absolutely one of the sweetest and kindest people I have ever met.  Once in high school we did run in different groups, but remained friends.  She was so full of life and it was very sad when I learned years ago that she had passed.  My Mom told me and it was just so hard to think...   She will never be forgotten and I am glad to have known her.

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