CRYSTAL LAKE – Patricia F. Floeter of Crystal Lake died March 15, 2013, at home.
Pat was born Dec. 27, 1932, to Daniel Michael and Patricia Edith (Lilly) Fitzmorris in Peoria. She was raised in Skokie. She married her first and only love, Conrad F. Floeter, on Nov. 27, 1954, at Saint Peter's Catholic Church in Skokie. They lived the first year of marriage in Las Cruces, N.M., where he was stationed by the U.S. Army at White Sands Proving Ground in the guided missile lab.
She graduated from St. Peter's Catholic grade school in Skokie, Mallinckrodt High School in Wilmette and obtained her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Mundelein College (now Loyola University) in 1954. She met Conrad at college. In 1973, she completed a master's degree at Northern Illinois University.
She was a wife, mother and grandmother first and a chemist and politician second. She was the first chemist hired by the county for the health department water lab in response to the Clean Water Act in 1971, and initiated the summer testing program of bathing beaches. When her husband decided to run for the judiciary, she left the county and was hired by Commonwealth Edison. She retired as an engineer from Commonwealth Edison, Byron Nuclear Power Station. In retirement, she founded Hazardous Material Management Systems, a consulting and training company for federal and state environmental and safety regulations. She also served on the Algonquin Township Board as a trustee and was subsequently elected supervisor.
She was a longtime member of the American Chemical Society and served a term as a national delegate for the Chicago section. She was also a former member of the Rockford chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
She was a member of AAUW, the Rotary Club
of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers and a Paul Harris fellow, the McHenry County Republican Party and a founding member of McHenry County Environmental Defenders. She served as chairman of the McHenry County Local Emergency Planning Committee and also served on the Finance Committee of Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.
She was married for 47 years to her college sweetheart, Conrad F. Floeter, who died Nov. 13, 2001.
She is survived by her six children, Conrad (Donna Lee), Mary Kay (Ted Usdin), Daniel (Nancy), John (Judy), Thomas (Rebekah) and William (Deanna); her grandchildren, Anna Rose and Mary Grace Floeter, Ben (Natalie), Luke (Katherine), Ian and Mara Floeter, Katherine (Kyle) Bush, Lily and Simon Floeter, Ryan and Justin Floeter, and Hannah and Christopher Floeter; her great-grandsons, Oscar and Charlie; her sister-in-law, Frances Floeter; numerous nieces and nephews; and many cousins, especially Ashleigh Staley of Crystal Lake. She is also survived by Bosnian refugees Denis and Sasha (Heidi) Traup; Rotary Exchange student Paola Zamarron of San Luis Potosi, Mexico; and many dear friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant grandson, Madison; her sister, Sheila Cardinell; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Floeter.
The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake.
Burial will follow in Crystal Lake Memorial Park. A light lunch will be served in the church hall following the burial.
Online condolences may be made at www.querhammerandflagg.com.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-1760.