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Patti Sears

1938 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Patti Sears 1938 - 2018 San Diego The Secretary of the Nice Guys for Over 25 Years, Patti Sears Passes Away after a Valiant battle against Cancer Over the last 39 years, The Nice Guys of San Diego have provided millions of dollars of support to thousands of San Diegan's who no one else would support. The Nice Guys have never had any paid staff and rely 100% upon volunteer members who provide a hand up, not a hand out to San Diegans in need. As the secretary of the Nice Guys for over 25 years, Patti was the glue that kept the organization moving in one direction. Her daily communication to the Board and the Nice Guy Members was essential to the organization's success. Nice Guy President, Vince Bartolotta, said, "Patti was my right arm and made the challenge of being a successful Nice Guy President achievable. Patti will be dearly missed by this entire great organization." Patti passed away on July 22, 2018, after bravely fighting cancer over the last year. Her loving Family was at her side. A Memorial Service will be held at on Friday, September 21, at 4:00 PM at Luscomb Point in Point Loma. Patti was born in 1938 in Rockford, Illinois as Patricia Ann Uzuanis to parents Olga and Joseph, Patti was the eldest of three children. Patti was always the life of the party and spent most of her youth in the Rockford cornfields playing and creating mischief. She was a protective big sister to her brother, Richard, and often would fight neighborhood bullies who had picked on Richard. At East High School, Patti was elected to the student council and participated in the synchronized swimming team and was on the high school cheerleading squad. A source of her fighting spirit, Patti was struck with polio her junior year in high school and was told she never walk again. Her "fighter" mentality coupled with her love of the sock-hop, proved her doctors wrong and she was up and dancing within a few months of her diagnosis. Finding the love of her life at the age of 18-years old, Patti met her soon-to-be husband, Irving Sears. With her parents blessing, she left her small town of Rockford with Irv and eloped and married in Las Vegas. They settled in San Diego and found herself a stepmother to Irving's son Mark whom they raised together from age 11. She became Mark's Mom and became the PTA president at his school, on the Pop-Warner football board of directors and attending all of his sporting and school events. Irving and Patti started an interior design and flooring business called Sears and Associates on 30th St. in North Park. Patti and Irv were blessed with their daughter Staci. Patti was a devoted mother and was a very active part of her daughter's life. She was "The Fun Mom" and all of Staci's friends throughout the years felt comfortable spending time at their home in El Cajon. Unfortunately, Patti was left a widow when Irving died of cancer in 1981 when their daughter was only six years old. Patti then became the sole breadwinner and raised her daughter on her own. Although there were others in her life, Irv remained her one true love. Many knew Patti as a feisty, opinionated and tough woman but she also had a soft side. Those lucky enough to experience this were forever touched by her caring and kind thoughtfulness. No one knew Patti's sweet side more than her two grandchildren, Jayde and Will. They were the light of her life and she theirs. She attended every school and sporting event, and would often surprise the kids with visits - her arms filled with surprises or just warm hugs. They will forever miss their date nights to their favorite restaurant, Pernicano's, and having slumber parties at her house with her huge bubble bath tub! Her love for her grandkids was almost matched with her passion for the San Diego Chargers. A season ticket holder since 1960, everyone knew Patti at the Charger games. At the final San Diego game, fans - most of whom she had never met - came to give her hugs and thank you's for all of her dedication over the years. This humbled her and brought her to tears. Patti will be fondly remembered by her surviving family including her sister Chelli Taylor, her brother Richard Uzuanis, her step-son, Mark Sears, her daughter and son-in-law Staci and James Gingery and her grandchildren Jayde and Will Gingery. Patti Sears made her mark in San Diego and clearly left it a better place by her presence. Patti is missed deeply by her own Family and the Nice Guys Family. Her smile, and positive presence and incredible contribution of her time and treasury enabled the Nice Guys to help so many others. Patti was truly the essence of the Nice Guys!
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from Sept. 16 to Sept. 21, 2018
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