Patricia Ann (Hazlett) Dudek, 63, died Sunday, August 7, 2022 at her home, surrounded by the love of her family and the faith that she is Heaven-bound. Patricia was born on May 23, 1959 to the late Bob and Frances Hazlett in Akron, Ohio. She graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary high school in 1977 and from The University of Akron with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Life and Child Development in 1982.
A dedicated wife, and mother, Patricia was a homemaker who provided a loving environment for her husband and children, and often their neighbor friends. The Dudek home was frequently the hub for sled riding, cooking in the kitchen, and neighborhood-wide ball games, which Patricia fondly remembered. She loved vacationing with her children and family friends at Hilton Head Island. She was her children’s strongest advocate and biggest sports fan. Patricia was a lifelong volunteer in local schools and the local community. After serving as the coordinator for the Apples for the Students Program for many years, she was honored with the Friend of Children Award. After her children were grown, Patricia lovingly worked with students as a Vision Therapist and found great reward in the success of her students. Her most recent and very favorite role to play in life was that of Gamma/Gaga, in which she excelled and found great joy.
Patricia is survived by her husband Joseph, her 3 children Katherine (Stephen) McCarthy, Christopher (Stephanie), and Brian (Cassandra), and her 7 grandchildren Bridget, Brendan, Daniel, Carter, Erin, Adelin, and Melina. She also leaves behind siblings John (Karen), Paul (Elayne), Mary, Stephen (Janet), and Michael (Diana) as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family is very appreciative for all those who cared for Patricia during her battle with cancer, especially nurse aide Debbie for her care and compassion and the nurses of Cleveland Clinic Hospice, Dr. Krivosheya, and the supportive role Mary Hazlett played.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Wednesday, August 10 from 5 – 8 PM at Queen of Heaven Church at 1800 Steese Rd, Uniontown, OH 44685. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, August 11 at 10 AM, also at Queen of Heaven Church. Memorial donations in memory of Patricia may be made to the Siegel Rare Neuroimmune Association (https://wearesrna.org) or St. Vincent- St. Mary High School.