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Arlene Patterson Obituary
In 1964 the Washington School PTA in Park Ridge needed a pianist for its Variety Show. Arlene Lindahl Patterson volunteered and she remained a show pianist for 45 years. Other than her family, playing piano was Arlene's main interest. She played for scores of variety shows in Park Ridge, provided background music at various luncheons and cocktail hours at The Moorings in Arlington Heights, and from 1966-2007 accompanied more than 250 junior high and high school instrumentalists at solo recitals. Arlene's true passion, however, was playing for musicals. As the volunteer show pianist at Gordon Tech High School, Taft High School, Maine South Adult Players and many other groups, she spent countless hours rehearsing with casts, and always joined the full orchestra for the performances. Some of her favorite shows to play include: Oliver, Annie Get Your Gun, The Music Man, Mame, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She was born in 1925 in Chicago to Harold and Dorothy Lindahl. Her father died when she was five years old. From then on her widowed mother raised her two children alone during the Great Depression relying on FDR's relief programs and living in a studio apartment. This apartment was their home for 23 years. A Morton High School graduate, she obtained a scholarship to attend Northwestern University. After graduating from Northwestern in 1947 with an honors degree in mathematics, Arlene flew coast to coast as a stewardess for four years with United Airlines. Then she turned to teaching. As a first-year fourth grade teacher she met and married the first-year physical education teacher, Ken Patterson, now deceased. They had been married for sixty years. Fifty-five years were spent in Park Ridge. Arlene died on April 5, 2014 at the age of 88 years old. Her survivors include children David Patterson (Kathy), Jane Winters (Richard), and Dr. Carol Patterson (Dr. Julio Miranda): eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, and her brother, Dr. Harold A. Lindahl. A private memorial service will be held. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church-The King's Players, 200 S. Wille Street, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Apr. 11, 2014
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