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Patricia S. HanlonCeltic CrossHANLON

Patricia S. Hanlon, 89, of Edison Park passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 8, 2018 after a long journey with Alzheimer’s.

Pat grew up near the Austin neighborhood as the oldest child of Dick and Anne (Heffernan) Smith. She was the beloved wife of the late James P. Hanlon, II. She was the loving mother of Mary Anne (Aaron) Newman, James III (Nicole) Hanlon and the late Richard Hanlon. Pat was the loving grandmother of Kate and Paxton Newman, Ellie, James IV, and William Hanlon. Dear sister of Mariellen (the late Don) Lund and fond sister-in-law of Dee (the late Bill) Walsh and the late Tom (the late Margaret) Hanlon. Cherished aunt of many, including: Andy, Chris (Elizabeth) and Matt (Kim) Lund and Jenny (Tom) Monaghan.

Pat grew up in an atmosphere that valued family and faith. Pat was an adventurous soul, learning to fly a plane at 15 in the Civil Air Patrol during WWII. Maybe it all started as every one of Pat’s grandparents was an immigrant who traveled alone to Chicago, one from England and 3 from Ireland. They acclimated and worked hard, sending their money back home for sibling’s passages.

Pat traveled to Quetico, Canada, north of the Boundary Waters, for multiple long canoe trips. She spent 8 months traveling through Europe alone… and quickly made friends along the way. She picked up skiing early and continued well into her later years with her own children. Her last ski trip was to Vail for her 70th birthday.

Pat was a dedicated CPS school teacher and librarian with a Kindergarten though 12th grade certificate. She started her teaching career with the youngest children at John Hay Elementary School… eventually meeting her husband Jim there, when he substituted for the head engineer.

Jim and Pat married in 1964 and welcomed their daughter MaryAnne one year and one week later. Son James Patrick Hanlon III was born during the Chicago Blizzard of 1967. Son Richard was born in 1969, but his loss came far too early at only 4 months, as he was born with a health condition that he was not able to overcome.

Pat finished her teaching career at Kelvyn Park High School. She never let her homeroom kids get the best of her, often calling their homes near midnight on weekends. This was the only time she felt sure the phone would be answered by a parent of a child cutting school. She was always awake this late because she was waiting for her own teens to come home and check in with her. “I just don’t sleep well until you are home,” she’d say.

Working in a high school when her own kids were young meant Pat sure understood the mind of a teenager. The rite-of-passage ritual of griping about a parent was not allowed to her two teens, as all of their friends liked her too much.

Pat loved her family. She loved spending time with them. She also enjoyed gardening and being with her friends.

Pat’s Husband, James Patrick Hanlon, Jr., 17th Armored Infantry Battalion, Company B was a German POW captured in Herrlishiem. Pat really enjoyed the excellent company of the 12AD at the annual reunions. She looked forward to them every year until she could no longer make the trek.

Visitation is Wednesday from 4 until 9 PM at the M.J. Suerth Funeral Home, 6754 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago. Prayers offered Thursday 9:30 AM at the funeral home. Funeral Mass Saint Juliana Church at 10:00 AM. Interment at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum, 1289 North 2nd Street, Abilene, Texas, 79601. For further information 877-631-1240.