Patricia Mulligan, 1938-2019

Patricia Ann Mulligan, 80, passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Sandwich, IL, after suffering with dementia.

She was born Oct. 8, 1938, in LaPorte, IN, to Stephen and Lorraine (Kuta) Piasecki. She was raised in LaPorte and graduated from LPHS in 1956. She married John C. Mulligan on Aug. 9, 1958, and then moved to Rock Island, IL. It was there that her two children were born. John’s job moved them to Rockford in the early 1960s and then to rural Sugar Grove, IL. Patricia lived in several communities in the Fox Valley area for the next 40 years.

Patricia was born a rebel in her time. She was driven to work outside the home and be a part of the larger community. She started as Youth Director of the YWCA in Rockford and then in Aurora, IL. She worked together with the YMCA, in the late 1960s and early 1970s to create outreach programs such as the popular summer van program. She later worked for Waubonsee Community College as Director of Community Education. Pat was a pioneer in organizing and working to create social programs in the Aurora area, including Mutual Ground, Area Agency on Aging and many others.

In her later years, Pat fulfilled her dreams of having her house in the woods near Grand Junction, MI, and living as an artist. She had used her graphic arts skills all through her life but found ways of making money selling her fanciful paper dolls, greeting cards and painting murals.

She is survived by her children, Victoria Mulligan of Imperial Beach, CA, and Paul (Dawn) Mulligan of Yorkville, IL; her grandchildren, Terra McConnell, Kyle (Diana) and Alex (Katie) Mulligan; two great-grandchildren, Tiffany and Jason McConnell; her sisters, Rita Clem and Rosalie (Bob) Weisser; and nieces and nephew, Debi, Stephanie and Greg Weisser.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Lorraine Piasecki; her former husband, John Charles Mulligan; and her brother-in-law, Allan Clem.

Memorials may be directed to Mutual Ground, 418 Oak Ave., Aurora, IL 60506.

A Celebration of Patricia’s Life will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.

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