Patricia Floeter

December 27, 1932March 15, 2013
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Patricia Anne (Fitzmorris) Floeter Crystal Lake—Patricia F. Floeter of Crystal Lake died on March 15, 2013 at home. Pat was born December 27, 1932 to Daniel Michael and Patricia Edith (Lilly) Fitzmorris in Peoria. She was raised in Skokie. She married her first and only love, Conrad F. Floeter on November 27, 1954 at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in Skokie. They lived the first year of marriage in Las Cruces, New Mexico where he was stationed by the U.S. Army at White Sands Proving Ground in the guided missile lab. She graduated from St. Peter’s Catholic grade school in Skokie, Mallinckrodt High School in Wilmette and obtained her Bachelor degree in Chemistry from Mundelein College (now Loyola University) in 1954. It was while at college that she and Conrad met. In 1973 she complete a Masters at Northern Illinois University. She was wife, mother and grandmother first and a chemist and politician second. She was the first chemist hired by the County for the Health Department water lab in response to the Clean Water Act in 1971 and initiated the summer testing program of bathing beaches. When her husband decided to run for the judiciary, she left the county employ and was hired by Commonwealth Edison. She retired as an engineer from Commonwealth Edison, Byron Nuclear Power Station. In retirement she founded Hazardous Material Management Systems, a consulting and training company for Federal and State environmental and safety regulations. She also served on the Algonquin Township Board as trustee and was subsequently elected Supervisor. She was a long-time member of the American Chemical Society and served a term as a National Delegate for the Chicago Section. She was also a former member of the Rockford chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She was a member of AAUW, the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers and a Paul Harris fellow, the McHenry County Republican Party and a founding member of McHenry County Environmental Defenders. She served as chairman of the McHenry County Local Emergency Planning Committee and also served on the Finance Committee of Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. She was married for 47 years to her college sweetheart, Conrad F. Floeter who died November 13, 2001. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant grandson, Madison; her sister, Sheila Cardinell; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Floeter. She is survived by her six children, Conrad (Donna Lee), Mary Kay (Ted Usdin), Daniel (Nancy), John (Judy), Thomas (Rebekah), and William (Deanna); her grandchildren, Anna Rose and Mary Grace Floeter, Ben (Natalie), Luke (Katherine), Ian, and Mara Floeter, Katherine (Kyle) Bush, Lily and Simon Floeter, Ryan and Justin Floeter, and Hannah and Christopher Floeter; her great-grandsons, Oscar and Charlie; her sister-in-law, Frances Floeter, numerous nieces and nephews, and many cousins, especially Ashleigh Staley of Crystal Lake. She is also survived by Bosnian refugees Denis and Sasha (Heidi) Traup, Rotary Exchange student Paola Zamarron of San Luis Potosi, Mexico and many dear friends and neighbors. The visitation will be from 3 to 8pm on Wednesday, March 20 at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am on Thursday, March 21 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. Burial will follow in Crystal Lake Memorial Park. A light lunch will be served in the Church Hall following the burial. Online condolences may be made at For information call the funeral home at 815-459-1760.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 20, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Lori Sutherland

March 31, 2013

Pat was a wonderful neighbor and we're very sorry to have lost her. It will be weird not seeing her sitting on the stoop by the fountain this summer. She will certainly be missed!

March 27, 2013

It was a pleasure to enjoy Pat's company & her enthusiasm. She will be missed by many. Pat contributed in many ways to many people, by her presence. Our condolences & sympathy is extended to the Floeter family.
Pat has been given her reward in Heaven where she will spend Easter Sunday & be joined by her husband, Conrad.. Bless them & their family. Betty Tubridy & family

Kevin Stebbins

March 24, 2013

Your mother and father watched me grow up and dad was a counselor for several of my merit badges. Your mother was always nice to be around. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families

Paola Zamarron

March 21, 2013

Dearest Floeter Family all,
Pat's enthusiasm, joy, common sense, tenacity for the good causes, never accepted no for an answer, generous, loving, cheering, brave, thoughtful, what an amazing spirit, what a God's blessed soul. All these qualities she left in each and every one of us who were God blessed to be nourished by her... So much gratefulness in my heart for her beautiful example. Now she is reunited with her Sweatheart Connie, and they can be proud of the beautiful family the raised, and when kids all grown up, they kindly and generously adopted these foreigners, Dennis, Sasha and myself, there was so much they wanted to give back to life, and kept working to make someone's life better, with awareness, promoting real, human values, whether it was the neighbor or the people in her courses, her fellow Rotarians, in Church and with all their friends. Pat sparkled it all beyond boundaries, she encouraged and cheered me with the idea of making a summer exchange program between Aurora University and my home town University, and that program was a great success carrying on for many years... She succeeded as a woman, a Mom and Grandma, with all her enthusiastic work and knowledge, with all her altruist interests, including me.....
Thank you Pat! With all my love and gratefulness, thank you for all your greatness beyond boundaries, you live in everyone you touched and in all our learned Joy and Enthusiasm. From Mexico ... With all our profound sentiments and a bit of all the sparkling love we received from her, My parents and my self Paola Zamarron.

March 20, 2013

Loved Pat. She was always so kind and generous to everyone. Your family and the community has lost a treasure.
Janet Pence

Caren Collins

March 20, 2013

What a wonderful role model for women. Mary Kay, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's obvious your family is blessed with much love and I hope the many wonderful memories you share will bring some comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Susan Johnson

March 20, 2013

Judy and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss, as I looked through the photos it is easy to see Pat was a wonderful lady, well loved and as I read through the guest book it is evident by not knowing her I have missed a treasure. You are all in my prayers.

Sue McKenzie

March 19, 2013

Dear John, Judy, Lily, Katie and Simon, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know Pat was so proud of you all! I'd often see her at the concerts and other music performances. She was always supportive, and would share how much she loved hearing her grandchildren's music. Her life was a blessing to many. I'm sure you were proud of her, as well.
Prayers and hugs!

Agnes & Hal Jacobson

March 19, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great lady..brilliant, kind, fun loving, generous, faithful, involved,...She was amazing! It seemed there was nothing she wouldn't tackle. We shared our Uncle Jim and Aunt Katherine and I like to think of Pat and Sheila as cousins.
How we (the Kelly family) looked forward to the Fitzmorris's annual summer visits when we were children!
Their presence meant that our Seattle clan would be with them for picnics and outings. We played together in the icy waters of Puget Sound, picnicked at lakes and Cedar River, rented cabins on Whidbey Island, and lamented the day when Pat and Sheila boarded the train to head east. However, the crazy songs and jokes they taught us linger till this day. In later years Pat was still loyal to our family, trying to keep me up to date on your family, and coming west for our special occasions. I will remember with fondness Pat's presence in my life and how she brightened the world in many ways!

March 19, 2013

Dear Mary Kay,
I am so sorry to read about your remarkable mother's passing. What an amazing lifetime she had as a wife, mother, grandmother, engineer, politician ...I am sure her positive memories will long be cherished.

Devee Schoenberg