Mack, Patricia

Written by David Green.

Patricia J. Mack, 91, of Lyons, Ohio, died in her home Jan. 15, 2013, surrounded by her family. 

She was born July 26, 1921, in Fayette, Ohio, to the late Chester and Anna (Rowe) Ball. She married Robert Griffin in May 1942 and they had a daughter, Bonnie. Patricia became a widow at a young age in December 1944 when Robert died of combat wounds while serving during World War II. In April 1947, she married Earl Mack, and they had two daughters, Marianne and Vicki. Earl preceded her in death in March 1993. 

Patricia worked as a secretary for Lyons High School and was a bank teller at the Lyons Bank for more than 20 years. After retirement she wintered in Florida with her husband and together they trained horses. She was known as a great organizer for the women in Lyons, planning social outings, musicals, card games, theater, and bus tours. Pat and Earl both loved to play cards.

Pat was a member of the Lyons Christian Church, the Lyons Historical Society, and the senior citizens group.

Pat is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Gorsuch, Marianne (and John, Jr.) Machacek, and Vicki Nafziger; grandchildren, Brant (and Amy) Gorsuch, Leigh (and Lorenzo) Gorsuch, Shawn (and Tammy) Machacek, Michelle (and Dave) Schweinhagen, Kristen (and Mike) Kolodie, Joe (and Julie) Frank, Jeff (and Jodi) Frank, and Julie (and Ed) Ruffer; 26 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth.  

Visitation is planned from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lyons Christian Church, where memorial services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, with Pastor Paul Bomeli officiating. Interment at Lyons Cemetery will be private at a later date.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Fulton and Williams Counties or Lyons Christian Church. 

Arrangements were made by Weigel Funeral Home.

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