Having lived a full life, Patricia Hash passed away of natural causes at her home in Bozeman, Montana, on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Pat's family was the center of her life, and her zest for living radiated to those around her. Family and friends remember her generosity, kindness and spunk.
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Pat was born on June 30, 1931, in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was the second child of Celine and Arthur F. Schoen. When Pat was five years old, she and her brother, Arthur, were placed in a preventorium when their father was hospitalized with tuberculosis. She remained living there for six years until his death, and she was featured as the National Poster Child for tuberculosis research during the epidemic.
Pat and her brother relocated to Livingston, Montana, to rejoin their mother after she remarried. Celine and Walter Hart's newly combined family consisted of Pat, Arthur and Walter's children, Bud, Jean and Janet. Together, Celine and Wally later had Rose and Glenn Hart. The family lived in Livingston for many years.
She was a cheerleader and pom-pom girl for the Park County High School Rangers. Pat had a very special clique of girlfriends that called themselves "The Lucky 7." Those friendships were maintained throughout each of their lives.
In 1950, Pat married her high school sweetheart, Glen Maurice Hash. They had four children, Marcia, Bob, Ken and Frank. Maurice was a civil engineer and vice-president of Holland Construction, which required the family to relocate often from state to state. Pat's family settled down in Billings, Montana, for six years before finally building their dream home in Bozeman.
Pat enjoyed playing pinochle, golf, bowling and travel. She was a volunteer at the Bozeman Senior Center, delivering Meals on Wheels, and also involved with the Boys and Girls Club in Chandler, Arizona. Pat enjoyed fashion and always made an effort to look her best. After Maurice's death in 1987, she began to spend winters in Chandler, Arizona. She enjoyed a full life and a new set of dear friends while living there, but always returned to enjoy the spring and summer in Bozeman.
Pat was the most generous and fun-loving grandma to her four grandchildren, who often spent extended summer vacations with her. She visited them often and spent most Christmases in California with Marcia's family. Her grandkids all appreciated her love of adventure and her willingness to entertain. They adored their grandma, who showered them with endless love and attention.
Pat's companion in her later years was John Savarese, who was also widowed. They shared many years of friendship, laughter and travel. John was an extremely attentive and kind man, and Pat's family was grateful that she had him to share her life with.
The family will forever be grateful to Maria Fe Gopez who provided loving and compassionate care to Pat for the last four years of her life. Maria will be remembered as an Angel on earth by Pat's loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Maurice; her brothers, Art and Glenn; her stepsisters, Janet and Jean; and her stepbrother, Bud. Pat is survived by her sister, Rose (Hart) Hablutzel; her children, Marcia (Frank) Smith, Bob (Shelly) Hash, Kenneth Hash, and Franklin Hash. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Heather Klawitter, Dr. Brittany Lamoureux, Travis Smith, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Joshua Smith. She had seven great-grandchildren, Mason, Brennan, and Addison Klawitter, Abigail and Maya Lamoureux, and Hana and Dahlia Smith.
We will miss her feisty spirit, her quick wit, her willingness to speak her mind, her directness and her incredible sense of humor.
A private family service has been held.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 8, 2015