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Blake-Lamb Funeral Home

5015 Lincoln Ave, Lisle, IL

OBITUARY

Patricia Mary Farrell

December 15, 1923November 27, 2019

Patricia Mary McDermott Farrell left this world on November 27, 2019 to dance again with her husband, Bertrand Joseph Farrell, Sr. who preceded her in death in January 1980. Pat was three weeks shy of her 96th birthday.

Patricia was born on December 15, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to Kenneth and Winifred (nee Mulcrone) McDermott. She was the eldest sibling to her sisters Geraldine McDermott Williamson and Mary Ann McDermott Henry.

After graduating from Aquinas High School in Chicago, Patricia attended Mundelein College but left before graduating. According to her father, “Pat thinks she knows everything!”

In 1947 she and Bert married. After a move to Michigan, and then to Texas and another move back to Michigan, Pat and Bert moved back to the Chicago area making Wheaton their home. In 1961 Pat and Bert moved into their newly built home on Swan Lake Dr. in Wheaton, IL where they continued raising their nine children and lived until Bert’s death. No matter what kind of crisis arose during those years her Irish eyes were always smiling. She was a passionate bridge player and entertainer. Pat claimed to be an average housewife with no particular talent, but in the late 1960s the Winfield Glimpses newspaper honored Pat with the distinction of “Homemaker of the Week,” an honor bestowed upon her because of her sewing, knitting, and crewel talents (no mention of cooking).

For decades Pat volunteered at Central DuPage Hospital’s Gift Shop in Winfield. Beginning in the 1980s she also dabbled in the workforce at various jobs including working for the DuPage County Health department administering hearing tests for school children; photographer’s assistant for annual student photo days at schools throughout the western Chicago suburbs; and back-office processing of census forms for the 1990 U.S. Census.

Pat enjoyed her many trips crisscrossing the country to visit her children, from California to Florida. She had a flair for travel adventure, including a helicopter ride over Kauai, cruise ship through the Panama Canal, a winter escape to the Dominican Republic, a European holiday with her girlfriends, and an epic 3-generation trip (with her mother, two sisters and eldest daughter) to County Mayo Ireland, the land of her people.

In 2010 Pat moved into Brookdale of Lisle, IL. where she immediately became the “life of the party!” making friends with many of the staff and residents. Patricia was always ready with a quick smile and a very long story. While living at Brookdale she developed her talents in art and journal writing. And, although she loved winning at Bingo, she always thought the bite sized candy bars should have been bigger! She remained a resident at Brookdale until her death.

Patricia is survived by her nine children, Kathleen (Doug Riel), Bertrand Joseph, Jr. (Cindy), Danny (Karen), Martha (Mike) Staten, Lisa (Michael) Shanahan, Ann (Randy) Burr, Cecilia “Sam” (John) Cieplak, Matthew (Susan), Nora (Joe) Bentivoglio, 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren all of whom are scattered about the country.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to PACTT Learning Center 712 Belleforte, Oak Park, IL 60302 or online at www.pactt.org

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Blake-LambFuneralHome.com for the Farrell family.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, December 5, 2019

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Joanne Henry Hibbeler

December 3, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I know Aunt Pat will be enjoying her first Christmas in heaven with Uncle Bert , and Jesus. Love, Joanne

Janice Farrell-Egan

December 1, 2019

We are sending you and your family our deepest condolences during this time of loss. May you find peace in the memories that you all shared over the years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. (((Hugs)))

John, Janice and Jeffery Farrell

Hi Staten

November 30, 2019

It was always a delight to visit with Pat when I was in the Land of the Ferrells. Never without a smile and a story to tell. She was the matriarch of large family and every one in it loved her as she loved them. I am privileged to have known her.
Hi Staten

Lynn Mirabella

November 29, 2019

As a frequent visitor to the Farrell house in high school days, I always appreciated Mrs. Farrell’s welcoming presence. The world lost a very sweet soul. Love and condolences to Matt and the Farrell family.

Joann Busch

November 29, 2019

Pat and I were friends for over 40 years. My son Chris and Pat’s son Matthew were like brothers. Pat thought of Chris as her son as did I think of of Matthew. We were friends thru marriages and sad times . We were like an extended family and cherish that bond.
Those we love don’t go away
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, Unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
God Bless You, Pat.

Greg Werton

November 29, 2019

I grew up across the street and saw Mrs Farrell almost every day. She always had questions and made me feel like an appreciated neighbor. One conversation sticks out the most. She was watching something about NASA on television and she told me I could be an astronaut one day if I wanted to. I was so excited. The Farrells had a Macintosh apple tree and I asked her every day if I could pick an apple. She always smiled and said “ Of course you can.”

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY