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Patricia Ann Katz

Patricia was born on March 30, 1933 in Brackenridge, PA, the second daughter of William and Edna Mae Schwab. She grew up in Ford City, PA and graduated from Ford City High School. A person of great compassion, she enrolled in the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh. Following her graduation as a registered nurse, she became a second lieutenant in the USAF Nurse Corps and was stationed at Schilling AFB, KS. She passed away on February 10, 2012, attended by her sister, many friends, and the devoted care of VITAS Hospice. Seeking additional responsibility, she earned and proudly wore the wings of an Air Force flight nurse. In 1959 she met and married a fellow Lieutenant Stephen E. Katz. She left the Air Force in 1966, and followed Steve, encouraging and supporting him throughout his career of 30 years, culminating in his 1986 retirement as a colonel. In 1970, when Steve volunteered for 2 consecutive tours in Vietnam with the Air Rescue Service, following receipt of an MBA from Syracuse University, Pat chose to await his return in Southern California, where they resided for the next 40 years. Pat was an extraordinarily personable and gregarious individual who never met a stranger, making close friends with people throughout the South Bay. She is survived by her husband Steve, her sister and brother-in-law Charlaine and Larry Ream, their three daughters, Cindy, Donna and Kari, her brother Bill Schwab, and her beloved little poodle Maddi, rescued from a shelter thanks to the Dexter Foundation, much loved by Pat in a relationship of mutual adoration. At her direction, there will be no funeral service, her body will be cremated, and she requested that, instead of flowers or other tokens of remembrance, any donations be sent to: The Dexter Foundation, P.O. Box 7000-373, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, who specializes in rescuing and finding loving homes for deserving dogs. Like Maddi, they will return that love a hundredfold. Please sign the guestbook
at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 14, 2012
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