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Patricia Ann Linn

Arrival on Earth:  9:05 AM September 2, 1942
Departure to Heaven: 9:05 PM October 30, 2015

Born Patricia Ann Wittrock, “Patsy”, in the quiet town of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The rest of the world was at war and diaries were being written by Eleanor Roosevelt and Anne Frank.   Her father, a Merchant Marine, and her mother, a housewife, Walter and Rita Wittrock moved to North Beach, Maryland.  Pat survived childhood small pox and polio while living in Washington DC.  After early childhood homes in Michigan and Maryland, Patricia and her two sisters moved to live with grandmother, Augusta Wittrock, in Salem, Oregon.  In Salem, she attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from North Salem HS in 1960.

After deciding to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, Pat volunteered with YWAM Ministries of Salem. She traveled to Thailand on a mission team and faithfully supported numerous Christian mission projects both foreign and domestic with her monthly tithes. She loved keeping a diary of her growing experiences with Christ.

Pat also loved puzzles, crossword books, stamp collecting, houseplants, cats, Burger King Whoppers and arts and crafts. At one time, she owned her own ceramics business and taught ceramic classes.

Pat spent most of her vocational life as an office support staff working for office supply firms and insurance companies.  In her later years, she served at Upward Bound Camp as an office assistant. During her twenty-five years as part of the Upward Bound Camp family, Patricia became known as “Radar”, named after the “Mash” sitcom character, exhibiting an anticipation and attention  for details and documentation.  She contributed her time and  talents as a volunteer wherever needed, serving as a kitchen assistant, a crafts designer, site security, animal caregiver, camper companion and part time nanny to the Pierce family. Radar was a major contributor prayerfully and financially to the ministry of Upward Bound. She served on the UBC board for three years.

She is proceeded in death by her parents and her sisters, Gloria and Wanda whom she provided personal care for until they passed away as a result of complications from muscular sclerosis, cancer and kidney disease. 

After a forty day battle against a heart attack, lung and kidney failure and multiple complications, Patricia entered her eternal home. She was an organ donor and spoke of the joy it would give her to bring sight to another after she departed this life.

A celebration of Pat’s life and anticipated resurrection will be held at the UBC Memorial Garden. Interested persons may contact the camp office for details at 503-897-2447.

Contributions in her honor may be made to Upward Bound Camp, PO BOX C, Stayton, Oregon  97383. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
 


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