Patricia Ann Walker

Patricia Ann Walker

Patricia Ann Walker
March 26, 1948 – September 17, 2017
Woodstock, Illinois (Eddyville) | Age 69

Patricia Ann Walker, 69, of Woodstock, Illinois, and formerly of rural Eddyville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 17, 2017, while being cared for at Journeycare Hospice in Woodstock, with complications from ALS. She was born March 26, 1948, in Boulder, Colorado, the daughter of Ray and Pauline (Farrow) Gonzales.

Patricia graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder Colorado with the class of 1966. On May 11, 1968, she was united in marriage to Duane Walker at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boulder, Colorado.

Early on Patricia worked as a microfilmer for Neodata Services in Boulder, Colorado until the birth of their first child. In 1972, they moved to a farm near Eddyville and Patricia helped Duane on the farm and raise their family. She later went to work at ITW Paslode in Oskaloosa as an ERC Room Technician, retiring in 2000, after 13 years.

Pat was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oskaloosa and enjoyed serving as cantor for many masses. She was also a member of the Crusaders Prayer Group and enjoyed being an Extra Ordinary Minister.

Pat enjoyed gardening, doing yard work, knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, and baking. She was a very talented singer and enjoyed singing at the What Cheer Opera House with Duane. She delighted in spending time with her family. She will be remembered for her positive spirit, outgoing personality and her unwavering love for the Lord.

Her family includes her husband of nearly 50 years, Duane Walker of Woodstock, Illinios; two daughters: Shawna (& Russ) Johnson of Woodstock, Illinois, and Jennifer Walker of Gilbert, Arizona; four grandchildren: Morgan, Jimmy, Avery, and Lauren Johnson; a sister, Mary Alice Rightsell of Platteville, Colorado; three brothers: Bob Gonzales of Ottumwa, Iowa, Richard (& Marilyn) Gonzales Platteville, Colorado, and Fred (& Tanya) Gonzales of Boulder, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Dan Gonzales and David Gonzales; and infant twin siblings.

Mass of the Christian Burial for Patricia will be held Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oskaloosa with Reverend John Spiegel officiating.
Burial will be in the Bellefountaine Cemetery near Tracy, Iowa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin Wednesday after 12 noon and the family would welcome everyone to join them for a Christian Vigil service on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Following the Christian Vigil Service, the family will greet friends and relatives at the funeral chapel until 7:00 p.m.
At 7:00 p.m. the family will pray the Rosary with those that would like to join them.
Memorials may be made to the Catholic Mission in Meru, Kenya.

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