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Irene Patterson, 67, of West Lafayette, passed away at 11:07 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital after a battle with cancer. Born April 5, 1946 in Bexar County, TX, she was the daughter of the late Jesus Farias and Concepcion Medina. She married John Patterson on May 24, 2002 in Lafayette and he survives.
A proud graduate of Purdue University, she retired from Fairfield Manufacturing in 2006 after 31 years, where she was a quality engineer. She enjoyed sewing, making jewelry, and spending time with her family. She also loved going on long drives with her husband. She was a member of the Purdue Alumni Association.
Surviving with her husband is a daughter, Tricia Rodarmel (husband, Eric) of Suzhou, China. She leaves behind three grandchildren that she adored, Ashley, Alex, and Kiley Rodarmel. She is also survived by siblings, Martha Favors (husband, Morris) and Andy Siller (wife, Pat) both of Frankfort, IN, and Jim Siller (wife, Diana) of Danville, IN, and Marci Creps (husband, Steve) of Bloomington, IN. Also surviving are four stepchildren, John Patterson (wife, Karen) of Fishers, IN, Jenny Plante (husband, Tom) of Lafayette, Evie Anderson (husband, Stuart) of Cicero, IN, and Nate Patterson (wife, Denelsey) of Michigan City, IN, five step grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Junior, Jessie, and John, and a sister, Mary.
Private family service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Community Cancer Network, Inc., P.O. Box 4499, Lafayette, IN 47903. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 2, 2014