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Patricia "Patty", 89 died Tues at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was born on July 16, 1923. She worked for 20 years and retired from Proctor & Gamble in 1988 but also worked at New England Distillery in Covington for 20 years. She lived her whole life in Newport where she attended mass daily at St. Stephens (Holy Spirit) Church on Washington Ave, 5 blocks from her home. She never married but dedicated her life to helping the blind and many others while involved with the Outreach Program in her home town of Newport. Besides being a dedicated family member and a devout Catholic, she had traveled the globe on pilgrimages to many of the sites where modern day miracles had been performed. She was the daughter of Gerhardt "Gay" Koetschau and Loretta Stapleton Koetschau, both deceased, and her younger sister Regina Rae Koetschau Wilson who passed away in 1978. She is survived by her sister's children, Donna (Dick) Dean, Rick (Tonna) Wilson, Cindy (Bob) Pfirrman and their deceased brothers Gay and Mark Wilson and all of the children of her nephews and nieces who looked to her as the family's matriarch. She will truly and forever be sorely missed by her entire family and also by her dedicated friends from Proctor & Gamble. Donations are requested to the Alzheimer's Assc, 644 Linn St; Ste 1026, Cinti, OH 45203. Visitation will be Mon, Feb 25 from 9:30am until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11am at Holy Spirit Parish, Washington Ave, Newport. Burial at St. Mary's Cemetery. Fares J. Radel Funeral Home, Newport serving the family
Published in the Kentucky Enquirer on Feb. 23, 2013