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Patricia A. Dawson

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

STERLING – Patricia Ann Dawson, 83, of Sterling, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Good Neighbor Care Center in Sterling.

Patricia was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Rochelle, the daughter of George and Ethel (Biederstedt) Trenholm. In 1950, Patricia married her teenage sweetheart, Joseph Dawson, with whom this past January, she celebrated their 62nd anniversary. Pat worked as a maintenance secretary at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., and then as maintenance secretary at Sauk Valley Community College, from where she retired in 1993. 

Surviving are her husband, Joseph; her sister, Pauline of Loveland, Colo.; her daughter, Nancy Jo of Grand Junction, Colo.; and son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Nancy Gay of Bozeman, Mont.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Beatrice and Marge; and her brother, Elmer Trenholm. 

A gathering of friends and family will be from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 10 a.m., Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave., Sterling, with the Rev. Bruce Ludeke, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.

We are forever indebted to the wonderful caring staff of Good Neighbors, the hospice nurses and aides of Gaffey Home Nursing, and the special friends, family and neighbors who have helped ease these trying times for Pat, Joe and their family.

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