Patricia A. “Pat” Buckles, 78, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and formerly of Lincoln, Ill., entered eternal life Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, after a long illness with Alzheimer’s.
She was born on Feb. 2, 1936, in McLean, Ill., the daughter of Paul and Juanita (nee Bateman) Paulsen.
Pat attended St. Patrick’s school, and graduated from Lincoln Community High School. She married Clarence Ritchhart in 1953, and later married Frank Buckles. She worked at the Clerk of the Courts in Lincoln, and Lincoln Developmental Center as an executive secretary, until moving to Florida, where she worked as a property manager at Promenades East Condominium Association, until she retired in 2004.
Pat was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Port Charlotte. She enjoyed boating, gardening, cooking, traveling to Covered Bridge Festivals, decorating her home, but, most of all, spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also loved returning to Lincoln to visit family and friends.
Pat will be greatly missed by her son, Dale (Connie) Ritchhart of Port Charlotte; daughters, Pam (Marty) Anderson of Jupiter, Fla., and Christy (Erik) Hewitt of Louisville, Ohio; longtime companion, Louie Cianciulli; grandchildren, Angie Ritchhart, Joy (Steve) Keyishian, Roy (Mel) Zimmerman, Ryan (Julia) Zimmerman, Cassie (Jose) Santiago, Ryan (Andrea) Anderson, Courtney Richhart, Alicia (Bryan) Anderson, Ashton (Scott) Zimmerman, Samantha Hewitt and Alex Hewitt; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Diane) Farmer and Larry (Carol) Farmer, both of Lincoln; sister, Darla (Al) Cheatham of North Carolina; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving parents; husband, Frank Buckles; son, Rusty Ritchhart; and brothers, Kenneth Paulsen and Russell Farmer.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Institute on Aging, Budget Officer — Financial Management Branch, Building 31, Room 2C-06, 31 Center Drive MSC2292, Bethesda, MD 20892-2540 — please note Alzheimer’s contribution in memory of Patricia Buckles.
Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.