Rebecca Woessner

Woessner, Rebecca (Becky) Rebecca (Becky) Woessner (nee Patchin), 83, formerly of Dallas, passed away on January 17 in Bedford, Massachusetts after battling several strokes. Born on January 14, 1930 in Tullahoma Tennessee to Isaac and Florence (nee Schnuckel) Patchin, she grew up in Centralia, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she met her husband Donald Woessner of Sterling, Illinois. After marrying in 1958, they moved to Dallas, where they lived together until Donald's death in 2008. In 2011, Rebecca moved to Bedford, Massachusetts to be close to her son and wife. Rebecca carried a love of classical and sacred music with her throughout her life, beginning as a piano accompanist in high school, followed by attendance at the University of Illinois to study piano and organ performance. After moving to Dallas, she was actively involved in the music programs of Glen Oaks United Methodist, First Community UCC, and King of Glory Lutheran churches. She was an organist, choir member, and served a variety of roles leading music and worship. She served as president of Church Women United of Dallas in the late 1990's. She is survived by her son Richard and daughter-in-law Kelly Woessner of Bedford, Massachusetts; grandson Michael Woessner of Santiago, Chile; granddaughter Lydia Woessner of Wooster, Ohio; and sister and brother-in-law Mary Jane and Jim Ring and nephew Michael of Shreveport, Louisiana. She deeply valued her relationships with her husband's family in Illinois. A private memorial service will be held in Massachusetts. Her remains will be scattered in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, home to her son's family and a place where she spent many memorable family vacations.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 31, 2013