Ipswich: Mass of Christian burial for Patricia C. Geditz, 67, of Ipswich will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ipswich.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Liturgical wake service will be 6 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross, with visitation starting at 4 p.m. at the church.
Patricia was born Jan. 27, 1945, to Clarence and Marcella (Bernard) German in Hankinson, N.D. She attended rural grade school at Waldo No. 2. She graduated from St. Francis Academy High School in 1963. Pat was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis from 1963 to 1969. She then attended Presentation College in Aberdeen and obtained an associate degree in nursing as a registered nurse. She had worked at Avera St. Luke's Hospital and attended Sr. Kenny Institute in Minneapolis for work in kidney dialysis. Thus, the dialysis unit in St. Luke's was started with one patient and one machine and now has over 40 patients.
Pat met Peter J. Geditz from Ipswich, and they started their life together on Oct. 5, 1974, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ipswich. They shared their lives on the Geditz farm southeast of Ipswich. They were blessed with three beautiful sons: Kenneth R. (Tanya) Geditz of Ipswich, Steven C. Geditz (deceased 1982 from cancer), and Anthony R. (Rhonda) Geditz of Ipswich. In 1986, Pat and Pete felt since one of their beloved children had gone to heaven, that God wanted them to provide a home for someone who did not have one, thus they adopted 10-year-old Cindy Lee (Peter) Skon of Tampa Bay, Fla., from an orphanage in Korea.
While Pat lovingly raised her family, she also cared for others while working as a nurse. She enjoyed bedside nursing and always found it rewarding to care for the ill. She worked for 23 years in long-term care, most of them in Ipswich. She retired after 36 years in nursing, but still put her bedside skills to use as a volunteer for Avera Hospice.
She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Holy Cross Altar Society, and the Bible Study Club. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, needlework, reading, cooking and baking, and sharing with others. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family on the farm and watching her grandchildren grow.
Patricia died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Pat is survived by her loving husband, Peter; sons: Kenneth and Tony; daughter, Cindy, and their spouses; her beautiful grandchildren: Zach, Tristan, Brandon, Alex, and Abby; her mother, Marcella German of Hankinson, N.D.; eight brothers: David (Sheila) of Grand Rapids, Minn., Raymond (Arlene) of East Grand Forks, Minn., Ronald (Coletta) of Hankinson, N.D., Jerome (Patricia) of Hudson, Wis., Michael (Jane) of Angleton, Texas, Bernard (Mary) of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Neal (Claudeen) of Rye, Colo., and Gerard (Becky) of Lennox; two sisters: Marina (Dana) Sims of Wahpeton, N.D., and Rita (Joe) O'Meara of Hankinson, N.D.; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; father; and son, Steven.
Arrangements with Gramm Funeral Home of Ipswich.
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