Patricia B. Padgitt

–  06/18/2015


Patricia B. Padgitt of Lombard, born on March 17, 1927, passed away on June 18, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Hugh L. Padgitt, loving mother of Donna (Allan) Hippensteel, Terry Padgitt, Gail (Thom) Sederquist, Sally Padgitt, Joan Padgitt and Kevin (Lisa) Padgitt. Dear grandmother of Jimmy (Katie) Sederquist, David (Callie) Sederquist, Ben Padgitt and Rachel Padgitt. Dear great grandmother of Kinley Sederquist and Emmie Sederquist. Fond aunt, cousin and friend of many. Visitation Tuesday June 23, 2015 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home 350 S. Ardmore Ave, Villa Park,IL. Funeral Wednesday June 24, 2015 in state 9 a.m. until Mas time 10 a.m. at St Alexander Church, 300 S. Cornell, Villa Park,IL. Interment at Arlington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Alexander Church appreciated.

Patricia Beatrice was born on March 17, 1927 to Ben and Nell Schumacher in Elmhurst, Illinois. Pat had the lifelong distinction of being born on St. Patrick’s Day and being named after St. Patrick. Everyone remembered her birthday. Pat was the 11th of 12 siblings and grew up in a house on Argyle Avenue in Elmhurst. Pat got her start as a life long White Sox fan from her mother who would take Pat and her siblings to Comisky Park via the street cars. Pat graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1945. She worked for a short time at International Harvester where she met Hugh Padgitt who was also from Elmhurst. Pat and Hugh were Married on August 21, 1948. They were married in the church rectory because Hugh was not Catholic.

They lived in Villa Park where they raised their six children. Big families were common in the neighborhood – everyone had lots of kids. Pat was a Girl Scout leader for many years. She was awarded the St. Anne Award for her contributions to Catholic scouting. Annual family vacations were a much anticipated event – especially camping trips to Michigan. Pat and Hugh were very proud of all their children and somehow we all managed to graduate from college.

Pat enjoyed her huge extended family. She knew everyone and they knew her. For many years we celebrated Christmas Eve with all the Schumacher’s. And in the summer there would be the Schumacher picnic known for the food, family and fun as well as volleyball and beer. In recent years she had been the matriarch of the Schumacher clan. Pat was an avid card player – Bridge, Pinochle, Whist, any card game was fine. Aside from Mom’s Bridge Club there were many family card nights. Pat was also a long time member of the Ladies of the Elks.

Pat and Hugh and kids enjoyed the best neighbors ever. Many of those neighbors became much cherished lifelong friends – Phillimores’s, Wise’s, Hostler’s, Siegfried’s, Endicott’s and more. Pat and Hugh hosted many parties – from family dinners to the neighborhood Luau.

Sadly Hugh died much too soon on October 24, 1991 of a heart attack. Pat enjoyed golf and played until she was 80. Pat loved to walk the beach. Pat had traveled the world but preferred home. Pat taught us to perform Random Acts of Kindness and to Pay It Forward before anyone knew what those were. Pat was a really cool Grandmother – just ask Jimmy, David, Rachel or Ben. Pat was the best.

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