OBITUARY

Nancy P Klekas

December 3, 1956August 17, 2011

Nancy P. Klekas 1956-2011

The light of our lives, beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, Nancy Patterson Klekas, passed away on August 17, 2011. Determined to be there for her family, she battled cancer for five years. Her weapons were a fierce tenacity, joie de vivre, love, laughter, and kindness. A stunning beauty, Nancy was even more beautiful inside. Her selflessness was extraordinary, as she was determined never to burden others with the despairs of her illness, and instead lifted them with her infectiously joyous laugh. She had the truly unique gift of making anyone she was near feel special and loved. Nancy was born December 3, 1956, in Denver, Colorado, to Gale and Sybil Patterson. The family moved to Salt Lake City when Nancy was 13. After graduating from Olympus High School in 1975, she attended the University of Utah. Nancy married Jeffrey Klekas on May 4, 1980, in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. A dedicated employee of the University of Utah for 27 years, Nancy was honored in 2009 with the Staff Excellence Award for outstanding service to the university. She served as Accounting Supervisor for the Department of Psychology. But her life’s work, crowning achievement and deepest joy was as mother to her cherished sons. Nancy tirelessly nurtured their talents in art, athletics, and academics, guiding them to become the quality human beings who are her greatest legacy. Nancy is survived by her husband Jeff, sons Michael and Steven, father Gale “Pat” Patterson, sister Barbara (Phil) Kuehnert, brothers Jim and Steve (Julie) Patterson, many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sybil. Funeral services will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 279 South 300 West, on Tuesday, August 23, at 11:00. Interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery. There will also be a viewing on Monday evening, August 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity, with Trisagion service at 7:00. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

Arrangements under the direction of Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, Salt Lake City, UT.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 22, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 23, 2011
REMEMBERING

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August 17, 2012

Nancy... Gone but NEVER forgotten.... miss you, my friend..

Kathy Heath

December 31, 2011

I am so sorry Nancy has moved on from this earth. At least she had family and friends who will remember her always, she will not be forgotten by them, a short but fulfilling life.

Lisa Taylor-Swanson

October 27, 2011

I graduated from the U in 1996 and was a Psychology major. All these years later, I clearly remember Nancy. She was a very kind and warm woman who helped me navigate payroll as an undergrad and employee in the department. My condolences go out to Nancy's family and friends. She truly was a radiant light.

Joyce Parker

August 27, 2011

Dear Phil, Barb & Kris; Our sadness is with you in the loss of Nancy, your favorite and only Sister. She will be missed by you and by all of us. We know what a difficult time this will be for you, Phil and Kris for a long time. Our Sympathy to all of you.
Sincerely, Pete and Joyce Parker

Joyce Parker

August 27, 2011

Dear Pat & Patterson family; We are so full of sadness to have Nancy leave all of us. She is so beautiful and friendly and we will all miss her so much. We leave you with our thoughts and prayers and know that she is not far away, and is now the angel she has always been. Sincerely,
Byron (Pete) & Joyce Parker

Joyce Parker

August 27, 2011

Dear Jeff and Boys; So sorry in your loss and our loss of Nancy - she was such the cute person and so friendly and loveable. We will miss her with you - Our sympathy to you with our love and thoughts.
Sincerely, Byron (Pete) & Joyce Parker

Melinda Kramer

August 25, 2011

I was so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. I am so glad that I got to talk with her and catch up with our lives after my return from Florida. Nancy was truly a wonderful spirit and I am blessed to have known her. My deepest sympathies to Jeff and the boys.

Melinda Kramer

Domina Holbeck

August 24, 2011

Dear Jeff, Michael, Steven, and family of Nancy,

I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful lady. My prayers are with you during this hard time. May her memory be eternal.

August 24, 2011

Nancy, you inspired many of us at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. Your courage and grace humble me to this day. Hugs. From one of your nurses.

Cory&Andy Gardiner

August 24, 2011

Dear Jeff and family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife and mother and express our sincere condolenses. May you find comfort in each other during this time of grief and in remembering her beautiful legacy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.