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Patricia A. Rod

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 24th, 2013

Patricia Rod
Patricia A. Rod

PRINCETON - Patricia Anne (Roth) Rod, 77, died April 21, 2013 at her home with her family by her side.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 26 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Princeton. Burial will be at Oak Land Cemetery with luncheon to follow at the Princeton Moose Lodge. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton.

Mrs. Rod was born June 8, 1935 in Mendota to Harold and Faye (Moody) Roth. She married Ralph Rod on March 31, 1953 at Zion Lutheran Church in LaMoille.

Survivors include her husband; six children, Donna Braida of Princeton, Duane (Linda) Rod of Princeton, Darwin (Alice) Rod of Katy, Texas, Dale (Donna) Rod of Marco Island, Fla., Dawn (Craig) Sluis of Princeton and Diane (John) Young of Spring Valley; 19 grandchildren, Amanda Pearson, Dustin Wolford, Jodi Fundell, Eric Rod, Dana Maynard, Chad and Todd Junis, Ryan, Sean, Sarah and Sabrina Rod, Doug and Mary Colpaert, Dan, Kim, Tori and Jordan Sluis, Ashley Nevins and Austyn Maloy; and 19 great grandchildren, Magnus, Caden, Novalyne, Lisa, Tristin, Laynie, Josiah, Emily, Eli, Blake, Makenzie, Gage, Sophia, Kelsey, Corbin, Mia, Braelyn, Addyson and Amy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Tom and Don Roth; one son-in-law, Jay Braida; and one grandchild, Joseph.

Mrs. Rod graduated from Mendota High School in 1953. She touched the lives of many people with her infectious smile, laugh and unconditional love for her family and countless friends. She was known for her outstanding reputation within the community as a dedicated volunteer. For 60 years she was a member of HCE (Home & Community Education Association) and served as president of the Bureau County HCE for the last 15 years. She represented the HCE at the Homestead Festival by doing the window displays for many years, winning numerous awards. She helped run the 4-H food stand during the 4-H and Bureau County fairs. 4-H was a big part of her life as a member for five years and then as a 4-H leader for the Merry Maidens and an extension volunteer for 40-plus years in Bureau County. She served as 4-H Fair superintendent of the Fashion Board, Unit Council member and much more. She was also a member of the ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World), which enabled her to travel many parts of the world. She was a member of the Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary since 1963, serving as president for two terms and helping to establish fundraisers such as the PMH Antique Show, Candy Cane and many other fundraising activities. She was the maker of many, many Christmas stockings that newborn babies went home in each December.

While raising six children, she also volunteered as a Cub Scout Den Mother for pack 152. She was on the Lincoln School PTA where she and her family ran the Spook House at the school’s Fun Fair. A past Circle member at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, she also was in charge of the crafts for many years during their Vacation Bible School. She was a member of Princeton Newcomers since the 1960s. She loved playing bridge with the couples and ladies groups. She held the annual Bridge Christmas parties for many years through 2012. She was a host family for a German foreign exchange student in 1984-1985. Pat and Ralph were grand marshals for the 1995 Homestead Festival Parade. She was an exhibitor for years in the flower division at the Bureau County Fair winning many "Best of Show" awards. She was known for her multiple Christmas decorations and large Christmas trees that are displayed with many homemade ornaments along with numerous collections.

Other awards she received include the Robert L. Sorensen Summit Award in 1995, the HC McCutchan Agricultural Service Award, first recipient of the Citizens First National Bank Volunteer of the Year Award in 2002, the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service Award in 2000, and most importantly, she was an inductee for the "Class of 2008" Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame, which was presented to her at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

Pat had a generous heart that filled her home with family, friends, love, fun and homemade food. She instilled in her family the value of living life to the fullest. This beautiful woman, in and out, will be missed by everyone who knew her. Her gift of selflessness will always be remembered.

Memorials may be directed to Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation, Bureau County 4-H and Extension, and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.

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