Patricia J. “Pat” (McDermott) Ott

Patricia J. “Pat” (McDermott) Ott

Patricia J. “Pat” (McDermott) Ott, age 75, of rural Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:56 p.m., on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by her family and friends. To honor Pat’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Pat’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Pat was born on June 22, 1943, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, daughter of John J. and Virginia (Morris) McDermott.

Pat married Lyle M. Ott on November 3, 1962, at Holy Ghost Church, in Dubuque. She grew up in the New Diggings, Benton and Shullsburg, Wisconsin vicinity. Pat always had a great sense of humor, she could always make you laugh with her wit. She said she must have gotten it from her father, he was a true 100% Irishman. Once she knew your birthday or special occasion, you got a card, she kept Hallmark in business. Pat worked in customer service for over 43 years, first with Tegelers Dairy, managing three Milk Houses in Dubuque from 1972-1982, City of Dubuque Five Flags Center Ticket Office from 1982-2004, and most recently at the Dubuque Greyhound Park as a Pari-Mutuel from 2005-2018. She went on oxygen 24/7 just after starting at the dog track. She always said that going to work gave her an incentive to “go till I drop”. She credits all the help she received from her coworkers, Greyhound Association staff, Q Casino, Valet and Security for all their help in enabling her to continue working as a Pari-Mutuel. Pat enjoyed traveling, concerts, plays, shopping and especially time spent with her daughter and grandchildren.

Those left to cherish Pat’s memory include

her husband,
Lyle Ott, Dubuque, IA;

her daughter,
Tammy (Charlie) Hunt, Dubuque, IA;

her grandson,
Lyle (girlfriend Amy Bowden) Hunt, West Des Moines, IA;

her granddaughter,
Lianna Hunt, San Diego, CA;

her brothers,
John “Jack” McDermott, Dubuque, IA,
Dan (Carol) McDermott, Cuba City, WI
and Michael (Jan) McDermott-Morton, Rockford, IL;

her sisters,
Rose Mary (Paul) Rupp, Dubuque, IA
and Susan (Dwayne) Murphy, Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Manuel Echeagaray, San Lorenzo, CA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Shirley McDermott, Dubuque, IA
and Lois Ott-Tarnutzer, Peosta, IA.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, Jesse and Loretta (Percival) Morris and Catherine and Dan McDermott; her mother and father-in-law, Milton and Bernita (Freiburger) Ott; her sisters, Dorothy Echeagaray and Joann Kegler; her brother, Jim McDermott; her nieces, Corena McDermott-Shaffer and Claudia McDermott; her nephews, David McDermott and Dan Rupp; her sister-in-law, Delores McDermott; her brothers-in-law, John Kegler and Donald Tarnutzer; and a special friend, Shirley Wasmund.

The family would like to give a very special thank you for all the GREAT doctors and staff who took such great care of her over the years: Dr. Mark Janes, who always went the extra mile for Miss Pat, Dr. Bruce Obbink, Dr. Christine Sinsky, Dr. Tom Sinsky, Medical Associates Oncology Department, Finley’s Wendt Center and the retired Dr. John Patrick.

A special thanks also to her co-workers past and present who watched over her. Mom always said she had the best.

Thanks, Sue, for always looking out for mom.

Mom’s favorite quote: “Always think positively, nothing is impossible. Life always offers you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow.” Mom had 75 years of tomorrows with no regrets.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
April 2nd, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral service

Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church
2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
April 3rd, 2019 at 10:00 AM

7 condolences for Patricia J. “Pat” (McDermott) Ott
  1. Nancy Helling says:

    Dear Ott Family,
    I just read your Mom’s obit. And thought whom ever wrote this nailed it.

    I was lucky enough to work with your mom at Kwick Stop on Kerper and at Five Flags.

    When ever I think of her I smile. She was sooooooooo funny and always told it like it was. I will be praying for your family. Blessings.

  2. Tina says:

    Lyle and Tammy I’m sorry for your loss. She was a great lady and was like a second mom to me growing up. You are in my thoughts and prayers

  3. April McDermott says:

    Lyle and Tammy I am sorry for your loss she was a great lady she will be missed dearly

  4. Wendy says:

    Tammy and family. So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Sally Janes says:

    My family and I spent a lot of time with Pat and the family at dance recitals, gymnastic and tumbling meets and cheerleading events, it was so much more fun every time she was there. Knowing her has definitely enriched our lives and she will be missed. Tammy, Charlie, Lianna and Lyle you are in our prayers and thoughts.

  6. Jim Freiburger. Exeter, NH-101 says:

    Just saw the obituary of Patricia. It seems so many years ago that I married Lyle and Patricia. I am sorry for her loss

  7. Kim (Pregler) Boxleiter says:

    Lyle and Tammy ~ so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. We have many fun memories. Sending hugs and prayers.

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