Patricia Dowden, age 72, of North Versailles, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Forbes Hospital, Monroeville. Born December 17, 1945 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Jerome J. and Katherine (Brown) Pater.
A member of St. Angela Merici Parish in White Oak, Patricia retired as both an OB/GYN Registered Nurse at Forbes Hospital and as a travel agent for AAA in Monroeville and Group Travel in East Liberty. For 15 years, she designed costumes for East Allegheny School District's musicals and specialties for their color guard, winning the Grace Kelly Award for best costume design. She enjoyed going to the theater, family beach vacations, and dining out. Patricia was the beloved wife of Del Dowden and his Doodle Bug of 53 years; mother of Danette (Mike) Pilon of Ocean Springs, MS and Lauren (Tony Mendoza) Dowden of Chicago, IL; grandmother of Nicholas Moger, Meghan (Jack) Byrd, Olivia (Mark) Johnson, and Emma and Lily Walter; great-grandmother of Grayson Johnson; sister of Ret. Col. Richard (Maria) Pater of Florida; mother-in-law of Jim Walter of Shaler; also, one nephew and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her cherished daughter, Leslie Walter. Friends are invited to a memorial gathering at St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak, PA 15131, on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 9:30 AM until a 10:30 AM Memorial Mass with Fr. Kevin Dominik officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Patricia's name should be made to Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street, Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15223. Arrangements by the Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles Borough, McKeesport, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published January 26, 2018.