May 24, 1940 - September 21, 2021
Patricia "Pat" Francis passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at her home in Bloomington, Minnesota. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on May 24, 1940, Pat moved to Minneapolis with her family when she was a teenager. She began a nursing program at St. Mary's Hospital but paused her studies to get married and start a family in Bloomington-at the time, St. Mary's did not allow married women as students. After raising her five children, she resumed studies at Normandale College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (RN). She proudly worked in a senior care center for the entirety of her career providing compassionate care to her residents. Pat was devoted to her faith and active in her community. She attended Nativity of Mary Catholic Church in Bloomington, where she was a member, and often volunteered. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and an avid supporter of theater and music in Bloomington. She stitched and stamped with friends. An avid reader and lifelong learner, she immediately enjoyed a reading group in her retirement community after moving there. Following her values of love of family and service to community, Pat was a counselor, confidante, and cheerleader to all five of her children, her sixteen grandchildren, and delighted in following the development of her five great grandchildren. One of the ways Pat expressed love was by making gifts. She was a skilled baker known for, among other things, the extraordinary variety of Christmas cookies she prepared each year. Her loved ones fondly remember the beautiful handmade cards she sent out on all occasions. Pat was preceded in death by her former husband, Charles Francis; parents, Franklin and Mary Jane Hamilton; brothers John and Dick Hamilton; and brother-in-law Donald Ryan. She is survived by her siblings, Nancy Ryan, Jeff (Lois) Hamilton, and Janelle (Russell) Johnson; her sister-in-laws Carol Hamilton and Karen Hamilton; her children Cathy (John) McCarthy, Beth (Darryl) Schorle, Anne (Ken) Kuznia, Debbie (Steve) Larson, and Larry (Jenny) Francis; and her 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be held on October 15, 2021 11AM, at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 9900 Lyndale Ave South, Bloomington, MN 55420 with visitation one hour prior. Interment at 2:30pm, Dawn Valley Memorial Park. Livestream link for the service: https://youtu.be/-VgUgObcR8k In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bloomington Fine Arts Council or Nativity of Mary Catholic Church.
Patricia "Pat" Francis passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at her home in Bloomington, Minnesota. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on May 24, 1940, Pat moved to Minneapolis with her family when she was a teenager. She began a nursing program... View Obituary & Service Information
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