HENRY - Patricia Jean "Pat" Hess, 80, of Henry, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in her hometown of Henry, after a four-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
A beloved mother and grandmother, Pat was born in La Prairie Township, Ill., to Hubert and Susan Buckler Mattingly on March 15, 1933. She married Robert D. "Bob" Hess on Dec. 29, 1951, in Lacon. He preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 1999, in Peoria.
She is survived by her five children, Cindy (Dale) Schuman of Colorado Springs, Colo., Leia (Roger) Ogburn of Washington, Mark (Leigh) Hess of Washington, Jodi (Jay) Hobbs of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Jenny (Jon) Ramirez of Colleyville, Texas; seven grandchildren, Joshua Schuman, Matthew Hess, Lindsay (Brad) Schuman Sloan, Zackary Hess, Maya Ramirez, Lucas Ramirez and Hunter Hobbs; and her three great-grandsons, Nathan Schuman, Mason Hess and Payton Hess. She is also survived by her siblings, Leon (Jean) Mattingly of Henry, Sister Cecilia Mattingly of Peoria, Mary (Lloyd) Russell of Henry and Jim (Mary Jane) Mattingly of Lacon.
Pat is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob Hess; and her siblings, Hubert Mattingly II, Elizabeth Mattingly, Doris and Dorothy Mattingly, who were twins, Agnes Laible Boers, Angela Hank, Susan Mooberry, Virginia Lopeman, Hubert Mattingly III and Polly McAllister.
She spent one year of high school at the Immaculate Conception Aspirant School in Peoria, Ill. She graduated from Sparland High School as valedictorian of her class of one student in 1951.
After high school, she worked briefly as a secretary for General Motors in Peoria, Ill. In 1966, Pat and Bob and their children moved from Henry to Hanna City, Ill. Pat joined Al-Anon Family Groups in November of 1975. This led to a new career as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She worked as a consultant at the Proctor Hospital Chemical Dependency Center in Peoria, Ill., from 1979 to 1989, as well as at Ripper & Associates from 1995 to 1996. At Proctor she was responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of the Center's Family Program and Family After-Care services. She provided both group and individual counseling services to those who had family members admitted into the Chemical Dependency Center. She was also honored by being invited to be the co-presenter for the Illinois Central College Annual Women's Chautauqua one October in the 1980s, with the topic being "Loving Others Without Losing Yourself."
There will be a memorial Mass on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington. Father Steve Willard will officiate. There will be a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington and one half hour prior to the service at the church. There will be a recitation of the Rosary on Friday at 6:45 p.m. Cremation rites have been accorded. Entombment of the urn will take place at Swan Lake Memory Gardens Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Pat's name to any chapter of the
Pat's memorial website may be found at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where condolences may be sent to the family.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all the staff at Country Comfort Retirement Home in Henry and Vitas Innovative Hospice Care in Peoria.