Patricia Ann Trost
1941 - 2019
Palmer Funeral Home - Welsheimer North Chapel
17033 Cleveland Rd
South Bend, IN
Patricia Ann Trost

June 24, 1941 - August 23, 2019

SOUTH BEND, IN - At 12:57am on August 22, Patricia Ann Crawford Trost was welcomed to her heavenly home. Born on June 24, 1941 to Hazel (Bland) and Lloyd Crawford, Pat was the 2nd of five children.

Pat is survived by her children, Marcy (Dan) Simons, Penny (Michael) Hanlon, Tracy (Tom) Biggs, Wendy (Allan) Hench, and Andrew Trost; grandchildren, Ashleigh (Kyle) Heatherly, Benjamin Simons, Austin Biggs, Zachary Biggs, Joshua Hanlon, Grace Hanlon, Andrew Hanlon, Kyle Hench, Olivia Hench, and Molly Hench; one great-grandchild, Knixon Heatherly; siblings, Donald (Nancy) Crawford, Beverly Archer, Karen Lant, and Laura Lord, and many nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Norman Edwin Trost; two beloved angels, Jessica Marie and Gabrielle Susan Hanlon; and her parents, Hazel and Lloyd Crawford.

Pat had a celebrated career with over 25 years at the University of Notre Dame from which she retired in 2012. She started in the Office of Human Resources as an administrative assistant, then moved to become the Executive Assistant to Colonel David M. Woods in Support Services. From there she became Assistant Director in the Alumni Association Travel Program and had the opportunity to host many amazing trips around the world. Her last stop was as the Executive Administrator to Chuck Lennon, and they retired together.

Pat lived an active life; she selflessly gave of her time and resources to many organizations, not for profit foundations, and charities. She enjoyed spending her time in various volunteer opportunities. She has been a long-standing member of the Kiwanis Club International, and volunteered at St. Margaret's House and Walt Disney Elementary School. Whether she was leading the group, faciliting a fundraiser, reading to a group of children, or quietly working behind the scenes, she was actively involved in the community.

When Norm passed away after 32 years of marriage, as was always her way, Pat started a Widows Group with fellow campus friends who became widowers around the same time. Today that group, known as the Sassy Sisters is over 40 members strong. They are feeling this loss as deeply as the rest of her family.

Up until the end mom was a faithful prayer warrior and will forever remain in our hearts as the positive encourager, guiding us always in love, and reminding us of the importance of faith, family, and friends.

A Memorial Funeral service will be held 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, with Rev. Brian Durand officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 p.m. Friday until the time of the service at 7:00 at the funeral home. Cremation will take place with burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, 8085 Saltsburgh Road, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15239. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

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Published by South Bend Tribune on Aug. 25, 2019.
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May God Bless your wonderful family in this sad time. What a legacy that your parents have left behind. Through their lives, faith and examples they have made our world a better place. May God give you all strength through this difficult time.
Richard and Beth Biever
Beth Biever
September 5, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I remember Pat as a cheerful and kind person. Sincere sympathy to the family. I worked at Notre Dame, and remember her smile well.
Shirley Wise
September 2, 2019
My heart is heavy with your loss. Pat was a beautiful person is so many ways.
Madeline Gaughan
September 2, 2019
My heart is heavy. Pat was a beautiful person in all ways.
Madeline Gaughan
September 2, 2019
Thank You for always being like a mom to me. You helped everyone and never thought twice about it.
Mick Vignati
August 28, 2019
Dear Marcy, Tracy, Wendy, Penny, and Andy, Pat was by far one of the warmest, kindest, most spiritual and loving person I ever knew (and so much fun!!). I will miss her terribly, but I am so happy for her to be in heaven with your dad and her grandbabies and all the people whom she loved that have already passed on. Pat was one in a million, and will be missed by anybody who knew her. Much love to all of your family. Love, Barbie
Barbie Eicheldinger
August 27, 2019
Dear Trost Family:
You are all in our thoughts and prayers today.
We considered Pat to be a dear and special friend. As Wendy will recall, we met Pat while traveling with the ND Alumni group and remained in touch ever thereafter.
Pat was such a positive and upbeat soul. Her spirit will remain with you always--as it will with us.
Ernie & Mary Buckley
August 26, 2019
a loved one
August 26, 2019
What an amazing women Pat was! So many were touched by her smile and spunk. Enjoyed our chats about faith and family.
She fought so hard to get her strength back but it seems that God was calling her home. She will be dearly missed! Sending the family lots of love and prayers. Pat's love and encouragement will live on as a part of all of you! What a wonderful family she was blessed to have. Praying for peace and strength over the days ahead at this difficult time.
Jen Goble
August 26, 2019
I met Pat through a friend and later was associated with her at Notre Dame. Pat will always be remembered for her friendly smile and bubbly personality.
My condolences to the family, I pray that God gives the family strength during this very sad and difficult time.

Fran Leedy
August 25, 2019
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