Patricia “Pat” Ann Pankow, 80, of Postville, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Pat was born at home in Waterloo, Iowa on February 17, 1937, the only child of Clifford and Gladys (Doubek) Sphar. She attended school at DeSales Schools, Ossian and graduated from Northeast Area One in Calmar, with a Practical Nursing Degree in July, 1969.
On December 30, 1954, Pat married Norman Pankow. They lived in Calmar and Decorah before moving to Postville. Pat was employed at the Iowa Turkey Products in Postville as a Quality Control Inspector, the Postville Community Hospital as an LPN until the hospital closed, then at the Good Samaritan Center in Postville until her retirement in 2004.
Pat was a strong, hardworking, compassionate, sentimental, and generous person. Grandma “Pokey” as her grandchildren affectionately called her, will be remembered for her abundant baking of Christmas goodies, cooking her holiday meals, her soft spot for all cats, and her enjoyment of countless family fishing outings to Lake Meyer. Pat was also particularly proud of the fact that she crocheted a baby afghan for each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they were born. After retirement she took pleasure in Freedom Bank bus trips, outings with the Red Hatters and Senior Citizens groups, attending Country Fest, Country on the River, and following the Back Home Boys with her dearest country music loving friends. Above all, she cherished spending time with family and friends. Her motto was: “as long as she was able, she was going” and never turned down an opportunity to do just that. She was a loving mom, grandma, and great-grandma who will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Pat is survived by her children, Katherine (Blaine) Whalen, Harmony, Minnesota, Norman (Tammy) Pankow Jr., Waterloo, Kenneth (Brenda) Pankow, Norfolk, Nebraska; grandchildren, Shannon (Emily) Onsager, Corey (Allison) Whalen, Joshua (Tina) Whalen, Lindsey (Kirsten) Whalen, Mandy Jo (Justin) Norstad, Jordana (Jamie) Whipkey, Jeremy Pankow, Angel (Sean) Snyder, Brandy (Tyler) Hepler, Amanda (Scott) Pankow, Christopher (Jamie) Pankow; and twenty-two great-grandchildren. Pat showed great pride in all of their accomplishments.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman on November 28, 1994, and her parents.
Visitation will be 2-5 pm on Sunday, August, 20, 2017 at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before Mass at the church on Monday.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Monday, August 21, 2017 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Postville, Iowa with Rev. Daniel Knipper as the Celebrant.
Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery, Castalia, Iowa.
Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.