GARDNER – Patricia Lynne Terry, 71, of Gardner passed away Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Born June 13, 1944 in Morris, Patricia Lynne was a daughter of Robert and Arline McDonald Christensen. She was raised in the Dwight area, and attended the Danish School, south of Gardner, and later Dwight Grade School.
She was a graduate of Seneca High School, and continued her education in nursing at Silver Cross School of Nursing.
On February 1, 1964, Lynne married Stephen Leonard Terry in Morris. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2014.
Lynne worked most of her life in nursing and held employment over the years in La Salle-Peru Hospital and Morris Hospital. She was director of nursing at Continental Manor in Dwight, and later retired as a nurse case manager with Hartford Insurance Company.
Lynne was an active member of United Lutheran Church in Gardner, where she was involved with the ULC Women’s Group. She also belonged to the Red Hat Society.
She enjoyed needlepoint, cross stitch and crocheting, and took pleasure in gardening and her flowers. Lynne will be most remembered for her love of cherished time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include three children: Patti (Frank) Sistek of South Wilmington;
Matt (Lori) Terry of Braidwood; and Leslie Fatlan (Tim Tresch) of Hollister, California; 14 grandchildren: Emily Smith of South Wilmington; Mandi (Aaron) Smith of Cornell; Zach Sistek and Mitch (Mallory) Sistek, both of South Wilmington; Jade Urban of Braidwood; Kristin Terry (Jason Durkin) of Morris; Teagan Urban (Brandon Phillips) of Coal City; Matthew Terry and Kiley Terry, both of Braidwood; Brian (Jill) Fatlan of Mazon; Bruce (Beth) Fatlan of Braceville; Michelle (Kris) Foster of Brevard, NC; and Kayla Tresch and Tyler Tresch, both of Hollister, California; 18 great-grandchildren: Ryan, Natalie, Christopher, Leah, Elizabeth and Daniel Smith; Layla Sistek; Cameron Durkin; Dylan, Devon, Ben, Baily, Brody and Britney Fatlan; and Bryce, Makayla, Madelyn and Meleah Foster.
Also surviving are three sisters: Kathleen (Allen) Terry of LaGrange; Sandra (the late Arden) Humbert of Joliet; and Bobbe (the late Ian) Sealley of Iowa; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Sharon (Joe) Sanders of Morris; Dennis (Sandy) Terry of Seneca; Ronald (Mary Ann) Terry of Seneca; Lenny (Diane) Terry of Morris; Kris (Jerry) Sheedy of Ottawa; Laurie (Tom) Hudson of California; Kim LoBianco; Jennifer (Jack) Cox; and Amy (Craig) Cassem, all of Morris; and Harry (the late Marcia) Kling of North Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her parents; one brother-in-law, Ronald “Sam” Legner; and one nephew, Mike Sealley, preceded her in death.
Visitation and video tribute was held Sunday, November 8, from 2 until 6 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, Gardner; then from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral service Monday at United Lutheran Church, Gardner. Pastor Jana Howson officiated at the service. Burial followed in Gardner Prairie Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may be made to United Lutheran Church, Gardner, or to the American Diabetes Assn.
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