Patricia Marie Bolm, 73, Florida state, was called home to be with her Lord Friday, March 22, 2013. She closed her eyes and departed peacefully from her earthly home.
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She was known as "Pat" to her family and friends. Pat was born April 8, 1939, the daughter of the late Walter Kersten and wife Ella.
Pat is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Glenn; three sons, Carl, St. Louis, Kyle, Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Van, Joplin; brother, Dwayne Kersten and wife Celeste, Warrenton; brother-in-law, Ralph and wife Helen, Washington; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
During her extended illness, she was lovingly cared for by her eldest son, Carl, and his fiancee, Gabriella Tertulien.
Pat attended Warrenton High School, graduating in 1957, and lived in the Warrenton and Joplin areas for many years. Pat had intense accounting skills. She utilized those skills in job positions throughout the years. Pat's professional career began with H&R Block Tax Service. Throughout the years, she worked as an executive secretary and in various accounting roles where she was known for her impeccable skills. She owned and operated B&D Income Tax, Wentzville, and worked for Devaras Developments. Other professional positions included, executive secretary and accounting, Western Realty, Wright City, and the last one before her well-deserved retirement, manager of the Petro Truck Stop, Joplin.
Her favorite fun time to relax was playing bingo. She loved it when she could call out, "Bingo." She had a wonderful zest for life. Upon retirement, she and her husband moved to Cocoa Beach, Fla. Pat enjoyed relaxing in the sunshine and enjoying an occasional cruise. She simply emanated happiness and possessed a zest for life that was omnipresent and positively contagious.
She was a devoted wife and mother who always put her family first. A special smile would appear when thinking of those who she cared so deeply for. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
At her request, Pat's body was cremated. Her ashes were sprinkled throughout the ocean where her spirit will float forever in eternity.
Published in The Missourian on Apr. 4, 2013