Patricia Ann Mize DiGirolamo passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 6th at 12:45 PM at Memorial Medical Center. Pat was born at home on Shuttleston Farm in Osage County, Kansas, on November 20, 1924 to Lola McGuire Gilchrist and Paul Mize.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Valeri DiGirolamo in 1972, a grandson Ivan W.M. Glasscock, a brother, John L. Mize, both parents, her stepfather, Clifford Christianson, and a step daughter, Dorothy Ann Cody.
Pat is survived by a son and three daughters: William James DiGirolamo, Cathleen Glasscock (Ivan), Madelynn DiGirolamo, and Janice DiGirolamo (Philip Tinsley); four grandchildren: Colleen DiGirolamo, Shelley Robbins Pethy, Janey Renee Glasscock Brown, and Yvonne Marie Glasscock; and 10 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren. Additionally, Pat is survived by many nieces and nephews and cousins.
Raised in Denver, Colorado, and then Topeka, Kansas, Pat moved with her family to Springfield in 1940, where she attended Springfield High School graduating as valedictorian midterm. She was employed in Illiopolis at the munition plant during the war. Foregoing the formal pursuit of her artistic talents, Pat married Bill in Denver, Colorado in 1945 and moved back to Springfield, in 1946. After raising four children (her ”four jewels”), she was employed at Pillsbury Company from 1957 to 1986 as Supervisor of Cost Accounting, where she received the first Outstanding Salaried Employee Award given by the company in 1968. In 1973, after learning to drive, Pat completed classes in literature and accounting at SSU.
During her retirement, Pat lived in Tucson, Arizona for 3 years before returning to Springfield to eventually live at Heritage Manor from 2003 to 2012, where she learned to whistle.
Her family would like to thank and is deeply grateful to the staff of Heritage Manor Nursing Home for the wonderful care she received during that time, which allowed her surrender and comfort in her final years. Additionally, we thank her doctor, Dr. Lisa Benning for her attentive care and compassion for Pat and her family and for her remarkable and careful handling of Pat’s final complex illness; and the caring and professionalism of the staff in ICU and on the 2nd and 5th floors of Memorial Medical Center.
What marked Pat out was her warmth and generosity offered with a lovely smile and a twinkle of fun in her eye with sweet compliments and thoughtful questions for others. Her greatest loves were her children, family get togethers with good food, the exchanging of family stories with old photos, singing 40’s oldies, and a good mystery.
Through arrangement by Staab Funeral Home, Pat will be cremated and join her husband at Camp Butler Cemetery. A memorial service and life celebration will be held in the Spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League. Share your memories of Pat with her family for inclusion in a memory book by emailing them to [email protected]