Patricia "Pat" Recker

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Patricia Ann Recker, 81, formerly from Alta Vista, IA, passed away on November 26, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato, MN. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 14 2022 at Conway-Markham funeral home in Elma, IA. If you are unable to attend the services in person, please join via Conway-Markham Funeral Homeโ€™s Facebook page Livestream. A private burial will be held previous to services. Memorials may be directed to the family. Pat Recker was born on January 4, 1940 to Al and Madonna Recker. She attended and graduated from St. Williams School in Alta Vista, IA. Pat received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Math and then taught at various schools. Pat then decided to change her career and started to work at an Optometrist Office doing vision therapy in Independence, Iowa. She moved to Kansas City, MO working for Sprint as an Admin Assistant. After retiring from Sprint, she was employed at an Optometrist Office doing vision therapy once again, working at the Kansas City Vision Performance Office. She truly enjoyed working with individuals especially children in helping them to correct their vision issues. Pat enjoyed going to art museums in Kansas City, watching and attending the Kansas City Royals baseball games and numerous other attractions that Kansas City had to offer. Pat loved and received much enjoyment from her kitties throughout the years. She enjoyed traveling as well, especially spending a week in Cabo San Lucas. She also enjoyed her summer trips to Maryland visiting her sister and then heading to the beach in Ocean City, MD. Pat then decided, for health reasons, to move to Mankato, MN to be closer to family. She moved into Old Main Village, an independent living facility, and made many friends there. She enjoyed playing cards, participating in book clubs and numerous other activities as well as many family gatherings with Don's family, especially at the lake. She also enjoyed visiting her sisters in WI and in IL. Pat leaves behind her sisters, Mary Jane (Cash) O'Rourke, Severna Park, MD, Rosemarie (Helmut) Bonigut, Paso Robles, CA, Maggie (Tom Thiel) Rivers, Chilton, WI and one brother, Don (Lois) Recker, Cresco, IA, along with two nieces and five nephews as well as several great nieces and nephews. Pat is preceded in death by her parents, Al and Madonna Recker along with her nephew, Brett Rivers. Pat was a kind and loving person with the unique gift of being a great conversationalist and an equally great listener to both the young and the old. She will be greatly missed by her family, her many, many friends and her past co-workers.

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  1. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – Elma

  2. My sympathy to the family. I started to school with Pat at St Williams school. Still remember a first-grade skit we were in for a Christmas program. Don’t remember the entire event but the finale was that I gave Pat a big “bear hug”.

  3. Pat and I have been friends since meeting each other in the breakroom at Sprint in Kansas City in 2001. Pat always had a warm smile for everyone she met. She had a glamourous look with her salt and pepper hair, and was always dressed in the latest fashions. Pat and I shared many meals, stories, laughs, and tears over the years. She was such a sweet soul and I miss her dearly. Pat loved cats, as do I. After her last stray, Katie, passed away, I offered her my little girl, BonBon. I knew they would be perfect for each other, and give each other the love and attention they both needed. I will always remember Pat describing the latest book she was reading for book club. I looked forward to reading some of them with her after I retire next year. We were also planning a summer vacation in 2022 to be tourists in Minneapolis/St. Paul. I’m so sad she’s gone and will have to live with the fond memories. May she rest in peace.

  4. Pat and I shared a friendship for 44 years. My life was enriched knowing her. I offer my condolences to the family. Pat was a quiet lady, and somewhat reserved. She was also friends with a gentleman friend of ours. She liked to go for walks on the Plaza so we all set out together. We were looking in stores, walking and enjoying the sunshine when suddenly she and our male friend took off skipping down the sidewalk. When we caught up with them, she was doubled over laughing and I saw a different Pat this day. Loved her many surprised. Nita

  5. Pat became a very dear friend as she served the people of the K. C. area as a TBI and concussion therapist in our Optometrist office. The patients loved her sweet personality. She would use innovative therapy activities that got the results to recovery. After her retirement we spent many hours on phone visits. I loved soaking up her wisdom on a wide variety of subjects. I truly will miss her loving spirit.

  6. Pat was a very dear friend….such a big loss for everyone. I will miss her so very much. My condolences to her family and prayers. ๐Ÿ’•

  7. Thinking of you all with prayers. Wishing you wonderful memories to ease your loss. Sorry I won’t be able to be there on Jan 15th. It seems we only get to see each other at these celebrations of life. Love and thoughts Lori (Nuebel) Falk

  8. I remember our visits to the Recker farm fondly. Patsy was older and I remember looking up to her as a small child. She will be missed and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire family. Peg Nuebel Boren

  9. Pat and I became roommates in 1966 shortly after she moved to Indendence, Iowa. We shared an apartment until Dec 1968 when I got married. We remained friends for the next 53 years through letters and visits although we never lived near each other again. I have wonderful memories of the years we shared an apartment . She was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed

  10. With loving memories of Patricia Recker, One of Pat’s last joy was she helped procure a beautiful tree to be planted where she lived.

  11. Pat will be greatly missed as a dear sister and a wonderful Aunt. Much Love, Tom, Maggie, Joe, Jenny, Jacob and Katie

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