Patricia J. McCreary, 83
Winnebago Patricia Joan (Patti) McCreary, age 83, of Winnebago, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 5, 2017 at Pleasant Manor in Faribault.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Winnebago, Rev. William Sabol officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Winnebago.
Patti was born in Aroma Township, Kankakee County, Illinois, to Herman and Pearl Jensen on June 4, 1933. She attended Winnebago High School and graduated in 1951. She was baptized at St. Ansgar Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kankakee, confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Winnebago and married Cleo McCreary on Aug. 12, 1952. After farming for several years, they made their home in Winnebago with their four children, Garry, Larry, Paula and Pamela.
Patti is a former board member of the Winnebago Area Museum, and the Riverside Cemetery Board, where she proudly volunteered for decades. She had a passion for genealogy, and helped countless families trace their origins. Before retiring she was employed by the Mauris Accounting Firm in Winnebago.
Patti is survived by her sister, Janet Kiehm, of Mankato; her twin sons, Garry (Cheryl) McCreary, of Plymouth and Larry (Jan) McCreary, of Faribault; her daughters, Paula (John) Lubitz, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Pamela (Gary) Young, of Eden Prairie; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews, and her sister-in-law and lifetime friend, Jo Craigh, of Cerritos, California.
Patti was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo; her parents, Herman and Pearl Jensen; and her sisters, Ardis Boone and June Beaupre.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 121 First Ave. SE, Winnebago, MN 56098, or Winnebago Area Museum, 16 S. Main St, Winnebago, MN 56098.
Condolences and web tributes may be left at www.spencerowen.com.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, and Minnesota Hospice for their care and support in her final days.