LITTLETON, CO - Patricia Deneen Underriner, 84, formerly of Rockwell City, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Porter Hospice at the Johnson Center in Centennial, CO.
A Celebration of the Life Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Rockwell City, with Fr. Brian Danner officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial.
Visitation will be held 10 a.m., one hour prior to the service.
Burial of cremains will be at St. Francis Cemetery.
The family asks that remembrances and donations be given to Porter Hospice at the Johnson Center.
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City is serving the family.
Pat is survived by her four children: Debra (Robert) Hoffa, Carmel, IN; Julie (Dean) Wright, Clear Lake; David (Julie) Underriner, St. Ansgar; Michael (Janelle) Underriner, Littleton, CO; 11 grandchildren: Angela Hoffa (Ian Holloway), Tina (Evan) Cooper, Elizabeth Hoffa (fianc Rob Germon), Jessica Hoffa, Kimberly Hoffa; Nicholas (Natasha) Wright, Diana Wright; Deneen (Lucas) Nelson, Jared Underriner, and Celeste Underriner; Kathryn "Kit" Underriner; and one great grandchild, Morgan Bailey Wright; many nieces, nephews, and life-long friends were also special to Pat.
She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Paul; daughter Kathrine; granddaughter Chelsey Wright; and sister Bette Deneen Richardson.
Patricia Deneen Underriner was born Jan. 20, 1928 to John "Sarsfield" and Viola (Lohnes) Deneen in Emmetsburg. Pat graduated from Emmetsburg Catholic High School and in1949 received her B.S.C degree from Briar Cliff College, where she met the love of her life, Paul Underriner. She loved her family, her beloved husband Paul, a good card game, her friends, a good laugh and anything Irish.
After earning her bachelor's degree, Pat taught high school business in both Cylinder and Emmetsburg, and on Sept. 8, 1951, she married Paul Joseph Underriner. They moved to Chicago Illinois, where Pat and Paul both worked while he attended Optometry school. Together, with their first child in hand, they moved to Rockwell City to set up an Optometric Practice and build a home for their eventual family of five children. Organized, well-read, and possessing a practical intelligence, Pat often engaged others in a lively discussion of politics, business, current events, and funny anecdotes. Her sense of humor will always be remembered.
The family wishes to send a heart-felt thanks for the kindness and loving attention from the staff at Porter Hospice at the Johnson Center in Centennial, CO.