Rita Ann (Grommes) Patterman

April 14, 1920February 28, 2019

Rita Ann (Grommes) Patterman, 98

Entered this life on April 14, 1920 in Aurora, Illinois, and departed for the next on February 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Patterman, her parents, Clara and Frank Grommes, and her brother, Rev. Leo Grommes OSB.

She leaves to cherish her memory her children: Joan Patterman Barrett (Ray), Judith O’Brien (Ed), Richard Patterman, and Thomas Patterman (Carolyn Kohler), her three grandchildren, Jacob Jacoby (Stefanie Sere), Cynda Patterman Assaf (Matt), and Connor Barrett, and her three great-grandchildren: Violet and Grace Sere-Jacoby and Aidan Assaf.

Rita and Fred raised their four children with love, patience and commitment. She worked as an executive secretary at Indiana Bell to ensure that her offspring could attend and graduate from Christ the King Elementary School, Bishop Chatard High School, and college.

Rita was an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church. She served as a strong role model for service. She spent many hours volunteering at the school and parish. In her retirement she continued that legacy of service at Christ the King, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Augustine Home for the Aged.

Visitation will be Friday, May 10, 2019 at 9:30 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM. Both will be held in the chapel at St. Augustine Home for the Aged, Indianapolis, where Rita was a member of the Guild, a weekly volunteer, and more recently, a well-cared for resident.

Burial will follow at 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Aurora, Illinois.

Rita’s family wishes to thank the Little Sisters of the Poor and the many compassionate staff members and volunteers who treated her with love and dignity during her final six years in-residence at St. Augustine.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine Home for the Aged so that the Little Sisters may continue their mission of giving quality care to the aged.  


10 May

Memorial Gathering

9:30 am - 11:00 am

10 May

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am

St Augustine Church

2345 W 86th St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

11 May


11:00 am

Mt. Olivet

Aurora, Illinois


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