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In Memory of

Mary Ethel Patti

October 12, 1918 - August 2, 2017

Obituary


Springfield, IL- Mary E. Patti, 98, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 6:05 am at Villa East in Sherman, IL.
She was born in Summit Lake Wisconsin, October 12, 1918 the daughter of Robert and Amelia (Marquardt) Seering. Her parents, three brothers; Robert, Harvey and Gene, as well as two sisters; Glenn and Blanche preceded her in death. She married Delmar E. Foley in 1943 and they later divorced. She married Dominic Michael Patti in 1970 and he preceded her in death in 1978.
Mary was an entrepreneur and a...

Springfield, IL- Mary E. Patti, 98, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 6:05 am at Villa East in Sherman, IL.
She was born in Summit Lake Wisconsin, October 12, 1918 the daughter of Robert and Amelia (Marquardt) Seering. Her parents, three brothers; Robert, Harvey and Gene, as well as two sisters; Glenn and Blanche preceded her in death. She married Delmar E. Foley in 1943 and they later divorced. She married Dominic Michael Patti in 1970 and he preceded her in death in 1978.
Mary was an entrepreneur and a lady of determination. She came to Springfield and opened her cosmetic business, renting a space in a beauty salon in downtown Springfield. She expanded her business to Lincoln and Decatur before opening the Merle Norman Cosmetic Store in White Oaks Mall. She operated the store for 15 years before her retirement. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Professional Business Women's, and the Abraham Lincoln Chapter Women's Business Club. Mary was the Director of the Sangamon Towers Kitchen Band for 47 years. She started the Toastmasters of Springfield, was musically talented following and enjoying the work of Lawrence Welk and Liberace. An avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, Mary spent much of her leisure time watching the games on TV. Her dear friend Yvonne Filice would call Mary every night to check on her. Yvonne made sure she checked the Cardinal schedule to ensure that her call did not interrupt the game.
Although she did not have any children of her own, she helped and mentored so many throughout her life and made lifetime friendships with Carolyn Pell and Yvonne Filice. She became very close to two special ladies that were her caretakers, Sherry Washburn and Maryann Richards.
Following Mary's wishes, there are no services scheduled at this time. Cremation rites will be accorded by the Bisch Crematory. Inurnment will be in Wisconsin with her family. Mary requested no flowers; rather those who wish may direct memorial contributions in her name to a charity of choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bisch and Son Funeral Home 217-544-5424.