July 25, 1924 - Sept. 29, 2017
SOUTH BEND - Patricia B. Kyle died on September 28. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 1, at 3:00 P.M. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in South Bend. Following the service there will be a fellowship time at the church. Rev. Charles Ellinwood, a long time friend, will be leading the service. At the time of death, Pat was a resident of Heritage Point United Methodist Retirement Community in Warren.
Pat was born in 1924 to Raymond and Beatrice Kyle in Aurora, Indiana. Surviving are her sister, Peg Zieber of Lawrenceburg and nephew, Jim Zieber. She is also survived by several great-nieces and nephews. She spent her life helping, caring for and challenging others. Her last gift of sharing was the donation of her body to the Indiana University School of Medicine.
After graduating from Indiana University, she continued in Bloomington as the Director of Christian Education at First UMC there. She received her Masters of Religious Education degree from Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, and served as Wesley Foundation Director at North Texas State University in Denton. After graduation, she returned to Indiana as Director of the Wesley Foundation at DePauw University.
In 1964 she became Director of Children's Work at Fletcher Place Methodist Church and Community Center in Indianapolis, combining her commitment to teaching with her deep concern for people in difficult circumstances. These combined interests led her to the position of Director of Community Ministries at St. Paul's UMC in South Bend. Her hospitality at St. Paul's House (her residence) is remembered by the whole neighborhood. MAYO, her beloved youth group there, the West Washington Neighborhood and Model Cities all benefitted from her devotion to the people of the West Side.
Pat devoted her life to others as a Diaconal Minister in the United Methodist Church in Indiana, serving various churches after leaving St. Paul's House. Her passion for overcoming racial and economic injustice led her life of service. She was also committed to the liberation movements of Southern Africa in the 1970s and 80s. She went to the Poor People's March in Washington D.C. and was a founding member of the North Indiana Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and served a term as national president of that organization.
In 1986 she was able to travel to Africa to visit with those who helped create the nation of Zimbabwe, attend the World Methodist Conference in Kenya, and learn about the horrors of apartheid first hand in South Africa.
After she “retired” in 1996, Pat returned to South Bend where she served as Director of the Soup Kitchen at First UMC. She is well loved by the many whose lives she touched in this program as well. Pat was a member of Broadway Christian Parish UMC in South Bend from 1996 until her death.
For several summers Pat served as the hostess at the Westerveldt House of the Ministers Union at the Chautauqua Institution on Lake Chautauqua, New York.
Pat gave the gift of her life of service to the United Methodist Church and to all who knew her. She changed the lives of many people throughout Indiana and, indeed, the world.
Notes of remembrance may be sent to Rev. Charles Ellinwood, 9012 LaBell Pl., Fort Wayne, IN 46804; or Marlene Baker, 4923 Greenleaf Lane, South Bend, IN 46619. Gifts of remembrance may be given to Africa University. They may be sent to St. Paul's UMC, 1001 Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46616. Checks should be made payable to Africa University or St. Paul's UMC.
Published by South Bend Tribune on Nov. 26, 2017.