Patricia Lynn Niegsch
July 27, 1947 – September 28, 2020
Patricia Lynn (Siskowski) Niegsch passed away peacefully at home with her husband by her side after a long battle with a rare spinal cord condition on September 28, 2020. Better known as “Pat” or “Nana Pat,” Patricia was born July 27, 1947, in Joplin, MO to Herbert and Betty Siskowski. Pat graduated from Joplin Senior High School in 1965, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southwest Missouri State University in 1969. On June 21, 1969 she married David Niegsch. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year.
During their marriage Pat and David relocated many times for his employment. Pat always made great friends wherever they lived, from her cherished childhood and school friends, to those she made while working and during her retirement years. Pat had a great love for reading. She enjoyed playing cards, Catchphrase and Mahjong with her friends, as well as dominoes with her grandkids. Pat was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi service sorority for many years. During her working years she was employed at Briggs Health Care (Des Moines, IA), ConAgra Foods (Omaha, NE) and Time-Warner Cable (Austin, TX). Pat and David enjoyed 15 wonderful years of retirement in Sun City (Georgetown, TX). In 2017 they returned to Ankeny, IA to be closer to family. The last two years of Pat’s life were spent at Deerfield, A Lifespace Community in Urbandale, IA.
Pat is survived by her husband David; son, Dr. Jason Niegsch (wife Marcie) Ames, IA; daughter, Julie Alvarez (husband Dean) Alameda, CA; six grandchildren, Charlie, Ben, Joe, Mollie, Della and Malaya; Sister, Ann (Siskowski) Hutchison of Tulsa, OK; niece, Erin Cooper (Tulsa, OK); and nephews, Eric Hutchison (Joplin, MO), Danny Siskowski (Bryant, AR) and David Siskowski (Bryant, AR). Pat was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Mike Siskowski.
Pat fought a courageous battle over the past several years which required her loving husband to be her “hands and legs” in the final stages, however, she never lost her sense of humor and sharp wit.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in “Memory of Pat Niegsch” to Mainstream Living in Ames, IA. This organization provides programs and services for those with disabilities. Pat’s grandson, Ben, has Down syndrome so her wish was to help those like him. Funds received in Pat’s memory will specifically be used to construct a new Supported Community Living Home in Ames. To donate, go to: https://www.mainstreamliving.org/giving-back/donate/
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October 23, 2020
My fondest memory of my Aunt Pat was the Christmas she took care of all of us - the whole family - when we all came down with a nasty winter bug. I'll never forget how caring and comforting she was. She is definitely one of a kind, and I will miss her dearly. Pat, I hope you are resting peacefully. You leave behind a wonderful legacy and a beautiful family. I'm sorry I couldn't see you one last time. I will never forget you, your love, or your last wish. Love, Eric.
October 9, 2020
David, I am so sorry to hear about Pat. I just heard today. Pat was always fun and very gracious. I remember a time when 6 of us rented a limousine and went around town giving gifts to special people. Great memories. Prayer for both you and your family.
Gaylen Whiteman (Wilder)
October 4, 2020
I first met Pat in Jr. High school when East Jr., North Jr. and South Jr. had a mixer. From the moment I met her, Pat was warm and welcoming and continued to be so during high school. We lost touch after that so it was lovely to reconnect at our 50th high school reunion. We stayed in touch since via Facebook. I am very grateful to have known her and called her my friend. I will miss her.
October 3, 2020
It was my privilege to work with Pat at Time Warner Cable in Austin. A hard-working, dedicated professional in the office and a lot of fun "after hours," Pat was an inspiration to many and will be missed by all.
October 2, 2020
Julie, Jacob and Dave, we are so sorry to learn of Pat's passing. Remembering her as a parent fan of our girls' sports activities at Dowling and a gracious hostess for parent/player gatherings. So sorry that her final years were a struggle for her, but glad that she had loving support. Prayers for you all as you continue without her.🙏🏻
Kathy and Bill Cox
October 1, 2020
My favorite memory of Pat happened one day when I looked out my window and saw Dave on his Bike riding up the street and Pat was tooling along right behind him in her motorized chair. It was a testament to her love of life, strong will and determination to keep going. Pat is high up on my list of women I admire the most. I have been blessed to know her and will miss her always.