Patricia "Pat" M. Pipkorn (Grandma Pat) died peacefully on September 4, 2017 at North Woods Place in Escanaba where she had resided and ruled the rummy table while receiving excellent care for the last twelve years. Pat was born in Escanaba on Sept. 25, 1922 to Harry and Frances (Sobieski) McPherson. She was the oldest of the five fun loving McPherson girls. Pat graduated in the top tier of her Escanaba High School class. She spent time furthering her education in Milwaukee while living with her sister, Jean. After returning to the U.P., she and her sister Jean worked at the Michigan State Lab located in the Powers Sanitarium.
She married Norman (Barney) Pipkorn on June 20,1946 after his return home from WWII. Pat and Barney settled on a farmstead halfway between Powers and Hermansville where they raised their three sons. Pat provided a soft and gentle presence that the boys needed as they grew, but she also extended her generosity and caring to so many relatives, friends and especially young people through the years as well. She made the Pipkorn home a welcoming home to so many. Food and a listening ear were always available.
Through hard work and diligence as a Head Start aide, hearing technician and eventually, assistant to the administrator for over twenty-five years, Pat helped provide for her children and grandchildren’s education. A job well done! Pat worked tirelessly to help make a difference in kids’ lives especially. After retirement, Pat volunteered at the Delta Schoolcraft ISD Day Care where she rocked babies while their moms were taking classes.
Grandma Pat’s love for her kids, grandkids and great grandkids was unsurpassed. Her generosity with them knew no limits. She followed their activities as they grew and could always be seen in the stands at any game involving a Pipkorn relative. Little League. Junior High Basketball. High School Football & Basketball. No U.P. winter roads stood in her way. She was there! Always in their corner.
Pat was a member of St. John Neumann Parish in Spalding.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, husband Barney, sisters Mary McPherson, Peggy Mattson, Jean Sullivan and brother-in-law Harold Mattson.
She is survived by her three boys, Steve (Judy), Tom (Carol) and Jim (Barb) along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is further survived by her sister Lu and brothers-in-law Dan Vendegna and Bob Sullivan.
Friends may call from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. (CST) on Saturday September 9, 2017 at St. John Neumann Church in Spalding. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. (CST) on Saturday at the church with Fr. Jacek Wtyklo officiating. Burial will follow Mass in the Spalding Township Cemetery. A luncheon will be held in the church parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to her family will be given to St. Jude's Hospital.
The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Pipkorn family.
Please visit www.allofh.com to send online condolences to her family.
"Steve, Tom, Jim and the rest of the Pipkorn clan. I have so many fond memories of my sweet Aunt Pat. All the vacations we took as children to visit you all. And then as adults too. Aunt Pat was always taking care of us showing us a good time! Your mom will be missed. I'll keep you all in my prayers. My love to all of you.
"My condolences to my cousin's, Steve, Tom, and Jim and their families. I remember enjoying my Christmas and summer visits. I will remember Pat. "
- Justin Pipkorn
"Gerry and I send our condolences on the loss of your mother Jim. You are in our Prayers."
-Jim And Barb
"Sincere condolences to all of Pat's family. She was one of the most open and welcoming people I have ever met. No judgment, just acceptance. Raised her kids the same way. God bless, and RIP."
-Karen (Lungerhausen) Krepps
"Dear Tom and Carol,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss and many thoughts and prayers to you and your entire family.
Lindsay always had wonderful stories of she and Pat’s card games and enjoyed her company very much.
-Claudine, Mark and Jack