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  • Visitation:  5-7 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home
  • Funeral:  10 a.m., Wednesday at St. Charles Catholic Church

Lucille E. Patterson, age 88, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2008 at her home under the loving care of her family and Spectrum Health Hospice. The daughter of Elmer & Theresa (Hunter) Anderson, she was born on Dec, 29, 1919 in Fairplains Township and graduated from Greenville High School in 1937.

She attended and graduated from the St. Marys Hospital School of Nursing in Grand Rapids and then worked at the former Belding Community Hospital and retired from United Memorial Hospital in 1979 with over 30 years of service.

On May 2, 1942, in Grand Rapids, she married William R. Pat Patterson and together they were blessed with 61 years of marriage. Together, they enjoyed traveling and camping, and were members of St. Charles Catholic Church where Lucille had been a member of the Altar Society in addition to serving as a Eucharistic Minister and on the Hospitality Committee. In recent years, Lucille enjoyed playing cards at the Greenville Senior Center and in Belding, and was an avid knitter delighting in making hundreds of pairs of mittens for less fortunate children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-mother, Margaret Anderson; her husband, William Pat Patterson of Aug. 3, 2003; and two infant daughters, Joy and Susan Patterson. Surviving are thee sons and a daughter-in-law, Steven W. Patterson of Greenville, David E. & Marta Patterson of Trufant, and Michael J. Patterson of Greenville; two step-grandchildren, Kasey Shilling of Trufant, and Amy & Mike Houghton of Sheridan; four great grandchildren, Aubrianna, Vincent, Gage, & Braiden; and two cousins, Arlene Alles and June Courter.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Lucille will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 from St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville, with the Rev. Father Phil Salmonowicz presiding. Following the luncheon, burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Belding.

Visitation is Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with a Rosary prayer service beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Instead of flowers, Lucille would have appreciated contributions in her memory to St. Charles Catholic Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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  1. Anonymous on October 19, 2008 at 12:00 am


    10/24/2008 –

    Alice Pierantoni

    The last time I saw Lucille was at our hosptal retirees’ dinner, and she had that beautiful smile the entire evening. She will be missed, but she’s in a better place. May God comfort you all.
    Alice Pierantoni

    10/23/2008 –

    Helen Wilson

    Dear Lucille’s family. I am so sorry to hear that Lucille died. Virginia Loukus told me she had fallen and broken her pelvis, so I sent a get well card. No one told me she died. I remember a few years ago when my sister Carolyn and I drove to Viginia’s house and we saw Wilamae and Virginia’s daughters and brothers and Lucille and Bill came from Greenville to see us and we were both struck by how much Bill looked like Uncle Mart. You have our deepest sympathy. Love, Helen Wilson

    10/22/2008 –

    Phyllis (Anderson) McLaughlin

    Steve, Mike and David –
    You have my deepest sympathies at the loss of your Mom. She was a super lady that I very much enjoyed spending time with during my childhood and adult years when visiting Greenville. Our annual Christmas card exchange was also very special and I will very much miss hearing from her.
    On my last visit, she got out the photo albums and we had such a great time going through them.
    I’m delighted she was blessed with such a long, fulfilling life.
    May you find comfort through knowing there are so many who care and share in your loss.
    Your ‘first cousin, once removed’ (if I have that right!), Phyllis

    10/22/2008 –

    Sharon (Anderson) Sullivan

    I am the 3rd daughter of Herman and Morine Anderson. I remember always visiting Aunt Lucille and Uncle Pat when my Mom and I made trips to Greenville in the summer. I’m quite sure I remember always having great food!
    My thoughts are with the family. How lucky they are to have had her in their lives for so long!!
    Sharon Anderson Sullivan

    10/21/2008 –

    Theresa Brace

    Steve, Dave, and Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as always. Theresa&David Brace

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