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Patricia Ann Craig, 79, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2013, with loved ones at her side. Pat most recently resided at Clare Bridge of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and the family is very grateful to the caring staff there and the incredible Fairview Hospice team for the care they provided during Pat's last week of life.
Pat was born in Toledo, Ohio on August 9, 1933, and lived there until moving to Vero Beach, Florida in 1980. Pat loved the ocean and was an advocate for sea turtles, manatees and other creatures in the area. She was a long-time volunteer at Indian River Medical Center, assisted in local flu vaccine campaigns, and sang in a local church choir.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Florence Fielding, and younger brother, James Fielding.
Surviving are sisters, Nancy Kroll (Jim) of Sebastian, FL and Judy Diener (Walt) of Easley, SC; sister-in-law, Jan Fielding, Phoenix, AZ; children, Linda Piotter of Palm Bay, FL, James Craig of Vonore, TN, Deb Craig and Jeff Craig both of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren, Melissa Piotter of Vero Beach, FL, Sara Piotter of Newark, CA, Kristi Gilson of Perrysburg, OH, Craig Gilson of Kennesaw, GA, Benjamin Putano of Oxford, OH, and Julianne Putano of Sylvania, OH; great-grandsons, Addison and Aidan Schmidt of Perrysburg, OH and Miles Piotter of Palm Bay, FL; nieces, Karen (Jay) Spindler of Brevard, NC and Jill O'Connor of Phoenix, AZ, and nephews, Kurt Diener of Greenville, SC and Jim Fielding of Chicago, IL.
Pat's wishes were that her body be gifted for anatomical study, medical research and/or education, so there will be no funeral. The family is proud to honor her wishes through the Anatomy Bequest Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School. After their research, they will return her ashes and the family will hold an ocean side memorial in Vero Beach, FL.
The family suggests memorials to Fairview Hospice Fund, c/o Fairview Foundation, 2344 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN 55108 or to the
Published in Toledo Blade on June 30, 2013