(nee Sweeney), beloved spouse of the late Norman and treasured mother of Dan, Debbie and Pat Mugridge (husband, Tom) went to Heaven Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Pat "Patty," "Aunt Patsy" was born in 1930 to James F. "Bud" Sweeney and Helen Primosch Sweeney. Besides her devastated children, she leaves behind her dear brother James F. Sweeney and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. She had a typical Irish Catholic upbringing on East 32nd Street with her brothers, Terry (dec.) and Jim, which included Irish dancing and singing and attending St. Columbkille Church and School. Her aptitude was for the law, but girls from 32nd St. didn't get a chance to go to college back then. She worked in Probate Court and did modeling for wedding dresses and other clothes. The Irish belle of the ball, bands would stop playing in mid-song when she walked into a dance hall and immediately break into an Irish song for her. She loved her larger than life husband, "Slim." She was a devoted wife and, as the sign says, "Best Mother Ever." Family was always her first priority. She worked for years at Magnum Electric, Norm's electrical contracting business and later her son Dan's company, Magnum Computers. Both were on East 32nd and Payne, which was a part of her that she never left behind. She started her family on 4th Ave. in East Cleveland and became active at St. Philomena Church. After moving to Cleveland Heights, she was active at St. Margaret Mary School and Church. She later returned to St. Phil's. She was a devout Catholic and a relentless pray-er. She had a direct pipeline to God. She was the best friend to so many. Not just a friend, but many considered her to be their best friend. Over the last few years dog-walkers and neighbors made a point to stop by and visit almost every day as she sat on the porch. From the mailman to the trash collectors, they all stopped to talk with Pat. She was honored by the Cleveland Rotary and that was the first time that Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson attended the event – to honor her. She was also honored by the American Nationalities Movement and other groups where "Mama Hanson" was well-known and loved. She loved her fellow members of the Irish American Club East Side. She treated Mayors and CEOs the same as the cleaning staff. Money and prestige did not matter to her. When she could no longer drive, she gave her car to a handyman from East Cleveland who had become a family friend and was down on his luck. She was a volunteer for the non-profit Computers Assisting People for more than 20 years, and while not a techie, used her personality and skills to help bridge the Digital Divide in Cleveland. She was known as "Mom" to so many in the Cleveland community, where she participated in numerous events as part of her role as Project Manager of ClevelandPeople.com
, where she wrote the popular columns 'Chat with Pat' and 'Dear Webby'. She helped create the Cleveland International Hall of Fame and was working on a book about the many beloved dogs in her life. With all the painful years in a wheelchair and other health issues, she never complained or said "Why me " Nurses and aides all commented on how nice she was and how she was their favorite – remembering a compliment or even a blown kiss. She earned her eternal reward, but her passing leaves an unfillable void for her children, family and friends, but also for the community at large. Funeral Mass will be 11 AM Friday, Dec. 3, at St. Philomena Church, 13824 Euclid Ave., East Cleveland. Family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass at church. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to Computers Assisting People, 868 Montford Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44121. ARRANGEMENTS ARE ENTRUSTED TO McMAHON-COYNE-VITANTONIO FUNERAL HOMES IN WILLOUGHBY AND MENTOR. To leave condolences for the family, visit www.MCVfuneralhomes.com
Published by The Plain Dealer from Nov. 22 to Nov. 28, 2021.