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Patty (Ludwig) Bare, age 67, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Patty was born May 12, 1948 in Kalamazoo, to Donald and Myrtle (Reil) Ludwig. She retired from JCPenney after many years. Patty was very involved with her daughter’s softball, and cherished the precious time she spent with her grandchildren. She was an avid reader as well as a wonderful gardener. Her gardens were absolutely beautiful and she loved spending her free time caring for them. Because she was an organ donor, someone else will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, “Bare” (Wayne) on Aug.15, 2015. They would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Aug. 21, 2015. Surviving her is daughter, Melissa; grandchildren, Sophia and Donte; sisters, Dianne (Bill) Kiewiet and Gail (Dave) Bratt, as well as her friend of over 60 years, Kitty (Howard) Stanchfield; along with many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at St. Ambrose Parish Activity Center, 1628 East G Avenue, Parchment, MI 49004, with a visitation at 1:30pm with the service to follow at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, her sisters have set up an educational fund for Patty’s two grandchildren at PNC. Contributions may be made to Dianne or Gail on their behalf.

Honoring her wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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  1. Jeff Brigham on August 26, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Patty will be missed by many. I had the pleasure of hiring her and working with her at JCPenney. She offered great customer service to many especially at the home store. I enjoyed talking to her about gardening and politics!



  2. Chris Olney on August 26, 2015 at 11:53 pm


  3. Sue Pfost on August 27, 2015 at 12:21 am

    What a wonderful lady. She took me under her wing when I started at JCPenney and helped me all the time. She will be missed.



  4. Kelly Kester on August 27, 2015 at 8:38 am

    RIP Patty. You were taken way too soon.



  5. Kathy Ladd on August 28, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Patti and I meant and became instant friends when we went to Tracy,s Beauty Academy together. We will miss you Pat, Earl and Kathy



  6. Genevieve (Newton) Wrobleski on August 29, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Patty, thank you for your constant kindness and support you showed both my brother and I as we entered the workforce for the first time. You set the bar high for all other co-workers, no one has yet been able to be as wonderful as you. Thank you for being a great friend and person. God Bless you and your family.



  7. Christopher Spragg on August 30, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I always enjoyed working with and talking to Patty, especially about gardening. She had great stories and a great sense of humor. She will be missed by us all.



  8. Carla Gordon on August 30, 2015 at 5:21 pm


  9. Amanda Palme (Taylor) on August 31, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Patty was such a special woman. We are truly saddened to hear of her passing. Your family will be in our thoughts.
    Love,
    Amanda Palme (Taylor)
    and Family



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