Patricia Drilling

February 13, 1927March 26, 2013
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Patricia Ann Dunn Drilling, 86, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Owen Valley Health Campus in Spencer, Indiana, where she had lived for several years. She previously lived in Bloomington for 40 years and before that in Indianapolis.

Mrs. Drilling was born February 13, 1927, in Sioux City, Iowa, to William and Mabel Miller Dunn. She graduated from Central High School in Sioux City in 1945 and from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in 1949. She was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She was married to Norbert G. Drilling on November 22, 1952, at Iowa State in Ames. Mr. Drilling died in 2002.

Mrs. Drilling was a registered dietician and worked for part of her career at Indiana University. She also served as a consultant, conducting workshops for nursing home staffs. She enjoyed painting, traveling, and being a dude rancher in the summers in Montana. While living in Bloomington, the Drillings were members of St. Charles Borromeo Church.

Survivors include her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ruth and Don Kuhn of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sister-in-law, Grace Kandler of Apple Valley, Minnesota; and six nieces and nephews. Her closest relatives were her Miller cousins and their families from Nebraska – Jana, Monty, Lynn, and Scott.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on April 20, 2013 at Deremiah Frye Mortuary, 700 West Gourley Pike, in Bloomington. Burial will be in Valhalla Cemetery in Bloomington.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Diane Wells, the Legacy Lane staff at Owen Valley Health Campus, and VistaCare Hospice for the compassion and loving care they provided to Pat.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 20, 2013

Patricia Drilling

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Ken Drilling

April 22, 2013

As anyone who knew her was aware, Pat was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease and to my knowledge, didn't know anyone for many of the last years of her life. She was fortunate to have a loving, loyal, competent guardian in the person of her cousin, Jana...I miss Pat and her wonderful husband, Norb. I was always welcomed in visits to their Bloomington home as they were to mine in Indianapolis.

Bonnie Guthrie

April 20, 2013

I am so glad I was able to see this memorial, its not often you get to really know about someones life. I have been blessed to know Pat and her family who loved her very much.
Bonnie Guthrie

Maxine Cubel

April 19, 2013

Pat was added blessing to my life as a caregiver. Getting to know the family and some of the sorority sisters and seeing the compassion they had for Pat. I am happy that her suffering is over. She is in a better place. Time will heal and you will always have the memories.

Naomi Johnson

April 17, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Jana Langemach

April 13, 2013

Pat was an adored daughter, a beloved wife, and a cousin I admired and looked up to my entire life. I will miss her for the rest of my life.
Jana Miller Langemach