Patricia Ann HERZOG
September 12, 1960 – July 23, 2020
Cherished mother, wife, daughter and sister Patricia Ann Herzog passed away on July 23, 2020.
She passed away at the age of 59 at Kaiser Anaheim Medical Center due to complications from COVID-19. Patricia, aka Pat or Dede, was born on September 12th, 1960 at St Francis Hospital in Lynwood, CA to Ray and Irene Rubio. Although she was second born of five children, she was always thought of as the baby of the family due to her petite size. Her nickname Dede was given to her by her older brother Ray, who couldn’t pronounce “baby,” and the name stuck her entire life. She graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1978 and attended two years at Whittier College before marrying her first husband and giving birth to her two children, Jennifer and Ryan. She was the first in the family to go to college, first to get married, and first to have children. Pat worked for almost 20 years in aerospace as a technical writer for Northrop Grumman, and most recently worked as a senior operations analyst for the Auto Club of Southern California. She married her second husband Corey in 2001 and her family grew to include her two stepsons, Robert and Blake. Pat and Corey were happily married for the last 19 years and were planning on retiring together and moving to Nevada.
Aside from her family, Pat loved her dogs, camping, sports, live music, and being mischievous. As a child her family went camping several times a year traveling all over, and finally spending the majority of trips together camping at Carpinteria, CA, where the tradition continued with new generations of children and grandchildren. For the last several years Pat and her husband loved camping at McGee Greek and taking trips to the desert, where Pat couldn’t wait to go fishing, ride quads, and relax in nature with her close friends and her dogs. She loved hockey and was an avid fan of the Anaheim Ducks, going to several games with her husband. They took many trips to Primm, Nevada to go to casinos and see live music. Her siblings have fond memories of her playing little tricks on them, including claiming to her youngest sister Julie that she invented “Woodsy the Owl.” A mantra she lived by was John Lennon’s quote: “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” Pat had so many plans in the making, so much life still to live, so much to look forward to, but she never once took a present moment for granted. She lived a life full of love, full of laughter, full of memories. She put everyone else’s needs before her own and doing so fulfilled her.
Pat was known for her kindness, her compassion, her silly sense of humor, and most of all her big infectious smile. Her warmth impacted so many people in ways that her family are still continuing to learn. She is preceded by her father Ray, and is survived by her mother Irene, husband Corey, children Jennifer, Ryan, Robert, and Blake, siblings Ray, Julie, Teri, and Sally, and her many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Her life was cut too short, but her spirit remains strong and continues to comfort the people she loved. We hear her voice in the sweet morning aria of birdsong. We see her smile in the divine brushstrokes of a brilliant sunset. We feel her big hug when a soft warm breeze gently brushes our skin. She will be missed for life, and with us for eternity.
There will be a small viewing for her family on Friday, August 7th at Westminster Memorial Park from 5-8pm, and the family plans to organize a Celebration of Life service at a later date. Her family has asked for donations to be made to the American Diabetes Association in lieu of flowers.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Patricia Ann HERZOG
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August 3, 2020
You will always be one of my little youngest cousin Dede. I've always loved your nickname and it fit you so well. I will always remember your beautiful and sweet smile everytime we saw each other, and your "Hi Tina" There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you, Dede. You are going to be so missed for now on, and there is going to be a void in my heart for not seeing you. Until we meet again as sisters in heaven, Dede, we will hug again and be rejoicing together.
August 3, 2020
I will miss you, Dede. I have so many memories of the 5 of us kids riding our bikes, playing in the backyard, camping, going to Disneyland and just growing up in the same house. I will miss the camping trips to Carpinteria and Campland.
You're my big sister, and you left us too soon. I hope you are free and safe with Dad, having a beer and watching the game.
I love you,
August 2, 2020
I feel grateful to be your brother. I saw what a kindhearted Mom you were to your two wonderful children. Growing up with you, we had good times as a family. Some of those were spent with our cousins going camping. This was the start of your love for fishing and spending time at the beach. I was envious of you, for being so much smarter than me and being able to get a scholarship to a four year school / Whittier college. I appreciate the times we got together for birthdays and holidays. One my last fond memories was going with you and Corey and our family to the L A County Fire museum to honor Dad. I still have the picture on my phone , something I will cherish for a long time. Rest In Peace Dede.
August 1, 2020
I was blessed to have you as my older sister, my friend and confidante. I will forever cherish your sweet voice, your big smile and warm hugs. The memories I have are endless — playing Barbies, camping, Girl Scouts, sharing clothes, as my doubles tennis partner, traveling to Europe, our sister trips. I was incredibly proud of your academic successes, watching you become a Mom to your two beautiful children. You were small but mighty (and sometimes saucy), part of our large and loving family. Rest In Peace Dede. I know Dad was standing beside you waiting for your big, warm hug. I will miss you more than words can say. We are forever bonded as sisters, our love is eternal.