Patricia A. Fowler, 83, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family. A funeral service was at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Cremation rites were accorded following the service, and a private inurnment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Patricia Fowler Memorial Fund and will be distributed to local charities by the family.

Patricia A. Fowler, 83, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family. A funeral service was at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Cremation rites were accorded following the service, and a private inurnment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Patricia Fowler Memorial Fund and will be distributed to local charities by the family.

Pat was born Feb. 9, 1935, in Geneseo, the daughter of Margaret Swanson. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the Class of 1953. Pat married Gene “Arch” Fowler on June 19, 1953. The couple later separated. Pat worked at the Rock Island Arsenal as a tech data specialist for 18 years, retiring in 1999. She also had been a waitress in several Geneseo restaurants for many years. She has been a member of First Presbyterian Church, in Geneseo, since 1945.

Pat treasured time with family, playing games, flower gardening, and always making holidays memorable. Last year, she moved from her home of 49.5 years to a condo, where she felt like a queen in her palace, decorating it beautifully. Each year, Pat looked forward to putting up her Christmas tree, which proudly displayed 485 ornaments that she collected over nine decades. Pat enjoyed puzzles, coffee at her kitchen table, as well as cooking and baking. She always received compliments on her pie crust being as delicious as her filling. Years ago, she took cake decorating classes to present family and friends with beautiful, personal cakes. In 2010, Pat, her daughters, and granddaughter, took a “trip of a lifetime” to London where they met Pat’s pen pal of 63 years. Nothing pleased her more than watching and “coaching” her Cubbies and finally seeing them win the World Series.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Kim (Bill) Bevan, of Bellevue, Iowa; and Jody (Chris) Leaman, of Geneseo; five grandchildren, Lacey (Phil) Ruden, Justin (Stacy) Bevan, Meagan (Brett) Henderson, Ben Swanson and Ethan Swanson; and seven great-grandchildren, Rylee, Taber, Garret, Leigha, Autumn, Aiden and Olive. Pat also is survived by her dear friends, Joanie Crider and Donna Lambin. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Laura Swanson, who raised her; and her mother, Margaret Swanson.