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Obituary: Patricia D. Johannes

Patricia D. Johannes passed away peacefully on January 11, 2024, at her home in Homewood, Illinois, at the age of 91.

Patricia was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jayne Hudson (nee Mulvey) and John Hudson on May 6, 1932. She attended Mercy High School in Chicago, graduated in 1950, and went on to complete secretarial training. She then met Arthur Johannes, who had joined the United States Navy and was soon to be deployed in Europe. During his time abroad, they remained devoted to each other through written correspondence, and upon his return were married on July 5, 1952.

The couple had three sons, and Patricia remained at home as a full-time homemaker until the children were grown. She then went to work, most notably as a secretary for Bankers Life in Chicago Heights, Illinois, and also worked at Nelson’s Gift Shop in Flossmoor, Illinois.

Patricia was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was extraordinarily intelligent, with a probing and inquisitive mind. She read avidly on broad subjects, was a great conversationalist, a creative and talented decorator and cook, and had a keen appreciation for beauty and the arts. She and her husband enthusiastically supported their three sons in their musical pursuits and never tired of listening to them play. She particularly loved Irish folk music, and was delighted to attend her sons’ joint performances even in her final years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, by her husband and by her only sibling, John Hudson.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Gary Johannes (Elizabeth), John Johannes (Diane), Gregory Johannes (Sophie); her grandchildren Michael (his partner Adriana and her daughter, Gaia), Claire, Matthew, Madeleine, and Peter; and great-grandchild Donovan.

There will be a memorial service later at her summer home at Klinger Lake (Sturgis), Michigan.

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