Patricia VanDeventer, 73, of Ft Collins passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family Sept 6.
She was born July 31, 1942, in Trenton, NJ, and was preceded in death by her parents Marie and Stanley McNamara and her beloved sister Jean Yerkes. She is survived by her devoted husband of nearly 25 years, Ike VanDeventer; children Kevin Creeden and wife Kit Brown, Ft Collins; Sheila Zinn and husband Chris, Franktown; Michelle Edwards and husband Alex, Alberta, Canada; Troy VanDeventer and wife Nickole, Ft Collins; Tom VanDeventer and wife Susan, Indiana; grandchildren Laci, Andrew, Danny, Dillon, Nickolas, Garrett, Luke, Jack and Clark; brother-in-laws William Creeden and wife Peg; Neil Creeden; Dale VanDeventer and wife Dolly; Jack VanDeventer and wife Madonna; Willard VanDeventer and wife Rita; Russ VanDeventer and wife Betty; sister-in-law Reba Randall and husband Jim; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Pat was a 1960 graduate of Cathedral High School in Trenton, NJ. She married her first husband, James Creeden, in June 1961. Pat worked for Bell South then became a stay at home Mom to her three children. She volunteered as Scout and Brownie leader, team mom for volleyball, hosted several Up With People students, and welcomed anyone in need into her home and her heart. Pat never knew a stranger.
On December 1, 1990, Pat married the love of her life, Ike VanDeventer, whom she met while working at the CSU bookstore. Pat retired in 2008 from Colorado State University libraries after 20 years of dedicated service. Pat was a member of the CSU Classified Personnel Council. She enjoyed time spent with family and friends, attending grandson’s sporting events, family holidays and birthdays. She enjoyed watching Bronco and CSU football games and having barbecues at her home. One of Pat’s passions was volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity serving on the board for more than 8 years and selecting families deserving of a Habitat home. Through this amazing work she met lifelong friends Brenda Duffy, April Treloar, Cathie Waugh and Jean Roggy, together lovingly known as the “5 Musketeers.”
A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 25, at LifePointe Church, 900 E Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Per Pat’s request, “no funeral black – wear bright colors.”
In lieu of flowers, donations to Pat’s memorial fund or to Habitat for Humanity can be made in care of Viegut Funeral Home, Loveland, (970) 679-4669.