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Patricia Kennedy

August 9, 1938 ~ April 2, 2020 (age 81)


Pat passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 in Capron, Illinois. She was born in Des Plaines, Illinois on August 9th 1938.  She was 81 years old. Patricia was living in Iowa but her roots were in Illinois. Pat moved to Saint Lucas, Iowa when her mother became ill in 2000, where she and her sister Carol spent much of their childhood visiting with their  grandparents.  She graduated from Tuley High School Chicago, Illinois in 1956. After high school, Pat went to work for Continental Illinois National Bank as a teller.  Patricia married Russell E. Johnson and had two children Laurie and Russell. Pat went on and became Vice President of the First State Bank of Chicago in Norridge, Illinois. Later Pat married her second husband Robert J. Kennedy and has two step daughters, Laurie and Erin.  They later divorced. Pat enjoyed entertaining, camping, cooking, music, loved to travel, shop, and take road trips with her family. She was friendly, outgoing, strong willed, passionate, full of life and a straight shooter.

Patricia was a beloved Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Step Mother and Friend.  

Patricia is survived by her daughter, Laurie D. Fredricksen (Schwarz) née (Johnson); first husband, Russell E. Johnson; sister, Carol J. Sanford née (Workman); grandson, Michael K. Schwarz (Kasey);  great-grandsons, Ty M. Schwarz and Cole J. Schwarz; granddaughter, Meghan P. Lauer nee Schwarz (Luke); great-grandson, Brody M. Lauer and great-granddaughter, Brooklyn V. Lauer; great niece, Nichole Kelly; half sister, Lynda Workman; half brother, Robert Workman (Barbara); nieces, Shannon Schweda (Scott), Alicia (Nick) Jake, Isabelle, Morgan, Joey; Nephews, Ryan Strader (Ginger), Dakota, Dylan; Step Daughters, Laurie and Erin Kennedy.
Patricia is preceded in death by her Son; Russell Johnson Kennedy who passed away in January 2019; second husband, Robert J Kennedy; Nephews, Stephen T. Sanford and Gary W. Sanford; Mother, Cordula C. Everson nee Schlichte; Father, Raymond M. Workman; Maternal Grandparents, Catherine nee (Perry) and Henry J.  Schlichte; Paternal Grandparents, Hazel E. Nee (Horn) and Nolan E. Workman

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