Patricia A. “Patty” Pfab

Patricia A. “Patty” Pfab

Patricia A. “Patty” Pfab, age 65, of Dubuque, gave Cancer the finger one last time on January 17, 2020, at home with her children. To celebrate Patty’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, January 24, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Patty was born on November 20, 1954, in Dubuque to Rita (Shaffer) and Anthony Pfab.

In her younger years Patty was a stay at home mom, entering the workforce in 1988, at Bethany Home, where she cared for their residents until she became ill.

Patty was a humble woman who didn’t require a lot to make her happy. She loved her family dearly. She had a dry sense of humor and quick wit that couldn’t be matched. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, reading, solving puzzles in all forms, boutique shopping, sightseeing and traveling. Patty was a caring and generous person, always going above and beyond to help those in need. She treated her co-workers and residents as if they were her own family. Patty will be missed tremendously by all who were blessed to have known her.

Those left to cherish Patricia’s memory include

her children,
Jamie Pfab
and Johnelle (Calvin Patters) Pfab;

her 6 grandchildren,
Ashley, Bianca, Desiree, Rachel, Joseph “J.J.” and Calliope “Callie”;

her 2 great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Donna (Dave) Doerr,
Dollie (Greg) Kohnen,
Sally (Marty Sommer) DeMuth,
Joe (Lisa) Pfab,
Tony Pfab Jr.,
Dennis Pfab,
Donnie Pfab
and Brian Pfab;

2 special cousins,
Sandy Schueller
and Barb Lindecker;

and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Patricia was preceded in death by her mother, Rita Pfab; her father, Anthony Pfab; her “second mother”, Alice Voels; and her long time companion, Leo McAvoy.

We wish to thank The University of Iowa Healthcare Oncolgy and Neurology department, Dr. Janes and his team at Mercy One, Dr. Engelman and Dr. Schroeder and their teams at Medical Associates, and Nicole, Megan, Amy and Ryan at Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care and treatment of Patty. We also want to thank the entire staff of Bethany Home, not only for being excellent co-workers and friends, but also as care givers and assistants to us and our Mom during our most difficult time, we couldn’t have done it without you. Last, but not least, we wish to thank our entire network of friends, family, co-workers and employers from near and far. Your visits, gifts, food, free car rentals and late night chats are so greatly appreciated; you will be forever in our hearts. A very special thank you to Viola “Babe” McLaughlin; your friendship with Mom meant so much to her, thank you for spoiling her!

-When the morning comes and takes me, I promise I have taught you everything that you need. In the night you’ll dream of so many things, but find the ones that bring you life, and you’ll find me. ~ by Nothing More.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities, The Veterans Freedom Center and Hospice of Dubuque.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
January 24th, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

4 condolences for Patricia A. “Patty” Pfab
  1. Mary Jo Schroeder says:

    Condolences to Joe and Lisa on the death of your sister. Now free of the cancer that she suffered with. She will forever rest in heaven. Peace and love, Gary and Mary Jo Schroeder

  2. Jason and Heather McLaughlin Scherr says:

    We cannot express the sorrow we feel. Our hearts are heavy and we feel blessed to have know her.

  3. Rhonda Baule says:

    Sending light and love to Patty’s children and family. I worked with Patty for 10 years and in that time, she had always had a generous heart and wonderful smile! I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!

  4. Mike Gomoll says:

    Johnelle, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Patty was awesome to talk to. Many good memories of talking to her (especially about Rick Fox from the Celtics). She made me laugh and she was cool. My condolences to Jamie and the rest of your family as well.

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