Patricia J. “Pat” Sermersheim, 78, Ireland

Patricia J. “Pat” Sermersheim, 78, of Ireland, died Wednesday, November 21, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. She was born on September 11, 1940, to Alfred J. and Mildred E. (Ebenkamp). She married James Sermersheim September 29, 1960, at in Holy Family Catholic Church. He died June 20, 2004.

Pat was a 1958 graduate of Jasper High School. She was a homemaker and worked as a teaching aid at Ireland Elementary School for over 30 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She was a volunteer at the Dubois County Museum and Memorial Hospital in Jasper and a member of its auxiuliary. She enjoyed traveling, quilting, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren, and was an avid Indiana Pacers and Indiana University sports fan

She is survived by two daughters, Annette Streicher and husband Ron, Ireland, and Brenda Cordero and husband Manuel, Aurora, Illinois; three sons, Dr. Michael Sermersheim and wife Diane, Greenwood, Jeff Sermersheim and wife Karen, St. Charles, Missouri, and Scott Sermersheim and wife Regina, Indianapolis; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Sue Pfau and husband Pat, Celestine, Mary Meyer and husband Charles, Dubois, and Judy Cox and husband Ken, Jasper; and one brother, Terry Blessinger and wife Pam, St. Anthony.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons who died in infancy, two grandchildren, Travis Sermersheim and Daniel Cordero, and two brothers, Alfred “Fritz” and Dennis Blessinger.

Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Mary’s St. Anne’s Sodality will pray a rosary at 11:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ireland Elementary School Library or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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