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Patricia A. Buckles

February 2, 1936 — July 26, 2014

Patricia A. "Pat" Buckles, 78, of Port Charlotte, formerly of Lincoln, IL entered eternal life at 8:15 am on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Fawcett Memorial Hospital after a long illness with Alzheimer's. She was the daughter of Paul and Juanita (nee Bateman) Paulsen, born on February 2, 1936 in McLean, IL. Pat attended St. Patrick's school and graduated from Lincoln Community High School. She married Clarence Ritchhart in 1953, and later married Frank Buckles. She worked at the Clerk of the Courts in Lincoln, Lincoln Developmental Center as an executive secretary until moving to Florida, where she worked as a property manager at Promenades East Condominium Association, until she retired in 2004. Pat was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, Port Charlotte. She enjoyed boating, gardening, cooking, traveling to Cover Bridge Festivals, decorating her home, but most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also loved returning to Lincoln to visit family and friends. Pat will be greatly missed by her son, Dale (Connie) Ritchhart of Port Charlotte, FL; daughters Pam (Marty) Anderson of Jupiter, FL and Christy (Erik) Hewitt of Louisville, OH and longtime companion, Louie Cianciulli; grandchildren, Angie Ritchhart, Joy (Steve) Keyishian, Roy (Mel) Zimmerman, Ryan (Julia) Zimmerman, Cassie (Jose) Santiago, Ryan (Andrea) Anderson, Courtney Richhart, Alicia (Bryan) Anderson, Ashton (Scott) Zimmerman, Samantha Hewitt and Alex Hewitt and 13 great-grandchilren; brother, Robert (Diane) Farmer, Larry (Carol) Farmer both of Lincoln, IL; sister, Darla (Al) Cheatham of North Carolina and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving parents; husband, Frank Buckles; son, Rusty Ritchhart and brothers, Kenneth Paulsen and Russell Farmer. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to National Institute on Aging, Budget Officer Financial Mgmt, Branch, Bldg 31, Room 2C-06, 31 Center Drive MSC2292, Bethesda, MD 20892-2540 please note Alzheimer's contribution in memory of Patricia Buckles. Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral.

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