Patricia M. Purseglove


Patricia Ann Messner Purseglove, 89, of Greenwood, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017.

She was born on March 17, 1928, St. Patrick’s Day, in Beuthen, Germany and lived in Katowicz, Poland until 1940. Her parents Martin and Florence Messner were U.S. expatriates working for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. She had one brother, Martin (Mary) Messner.

She graduated from Anaconda High School, Anaconda, Montana, in 1945. She attended University of Wisconsin, Madison, earning a degree in pharmacy in 1949. She was a proud member of the Chi Omega sorority.

She married the very dashing Charles A. Purseglove in 1952 and moved to Lincoln, Illinois to raise three bright and extraordinary children, Betsy (Jim) Webb, Sara (Tony) Milano and Paul Purseglove.

Pat worked as a pharmacist as well as a teacher at Lincoln College.

She was the proud and fun-loving grandmother of nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was a two-time breast cancer survivor.

She led an active live golfing, painting folk art, sewing, gardening, card-playing and fundraising for American Cancer Society. She had many friends as a member of multiple bridge group, Women’s Club and the Mad Red Hatters Club. She was an active reader.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lincoln Public Library, 725 Pekin St., Lincoln, IL, 62656.

A visitation honoring Pat and Charley will be held from 11 to noon, Saturday, July 29 at Holy Family Church, 316 Logan St., Lincoln, Illinois, immediately followed by a Memorial Mass at noon.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson St.Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel.