Patricia Cheeseman died peacefully on Saturday, February 23, 2013. She was born in Blackfoot, Idaho in 1926.
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Pat Cheeseman was a graduate of UCLA and University of New Mexico with a double degree in anthropology and geology. Pat's work with the Bureau of Reclamation as a field geologist took her to Huron, South Dakota where she met her husband of 60 years, Milford Ray "Dutch" Cheeseman. They were married in 1952. A lifelong learner, Pat received a Master's degree in education and taught science at Brookings Middle School, Brookings South Dakota, for 20 years until her retirement in 1988.
Pat's interests included golf, travel, sewing, rock hunting, science, astronomy and research on the family's genealogy. She was active in PEO, the Mayflower Society, Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution and Eastern Star.
A resident of The Villages for the past 15 years, Pat loved golfing and being a member of the Polo Booster club.
Patricia Cheeseman is survived by her husband, M.R. Cheeseman and daughters Rosanne Cheeseman (James Van Deurzen) of Erie, PA; Ruth Leonard (Jeff) of Boise, ID and Barbara Swartos (Tim) of Brookfield, WI. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Stephanie Leonard, Rebecca Leonard, Brooke Mullett, Andrew Mullett (Sarah) and Katrina Swartos, one great grandson, Tristan Mullett; and Pat's sister, Nadine Miller.
The family would like to thank the staff of Lexington Park and Cornerstone Hospice for their thoughtful care.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on March 15, 2013 at Beyers Funeral Home of Lady Lake, Florida followed by inurnment at Bushnell National Cemetery in Florida.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 5, 2013