Patricia A. Davis (nee Stimmel ), 78, of Danville, Pennsylvania where she
has resided since 1973, died January 30, 2012 at Nottingham Village,
Northumberland, after a struggle with brain cancer diagnosed in late October
2011. She was born at home at 40 Rural Avenue, Lewisburg, PA on December 9,
1933 the second of two daughters of the late Horace Victor and Jennie
Tryphena (Hackenburg) Stimmel.
Patricia graduated from Lewisburg High School in 1951, where she was a
cheerleader and was elected May Queen. Known for her gregarious nature, she
was friends with many classmates without regard for cliques or social
status. Pat remained an active class of ’51 alumnus and was a co-organizer
of class reunions and the class newsletter ‘Dragon Tales.’ Pat treasured
her memories, correspondences and long lasting friendships developed during
her formative years in Lewisburg.
Patricia was predeceased in 2001by her beloved husband, Peter W. Davis,
originally of Lancaster, PA. Together they shared many common interests,
especially the Danville Community Singers where Pat sang and Peter
conducted. They cherished their summer home in Maine and eagerly awaited
the signs of Spring which indicated it would not be long until they could
re-open their beloved cottage.
Patricia was employed at Geisinger Medical Center from 1973 until her
retirement in 1991, where she was a case worker in the Department of Social
Services. As a case worker, Pat worked with patients and their families
struggling with Cancer. There she was known as a deeply compassionate
advocate for her patients who graced the lives of many as they worked
through difficult circumstances. Even after retirement, Pat maintained her
association with the Medical Center working for many years as a "Pink Lady"
volunteer. Pat was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Lewisburg; the same
church in which she was baptized, confirmed, married, and where she baptized
her own babies. She was active in many of the lay ministries of the church,
including the Stephen Ministry and was the founder of the prayer shawl
ministry. She enjoyed gardening, antiquing, and interior decorating. She
excelled at many crafting and artistic endeavors, including painting,
drawing, basket weaving, knitting and needle work. Pat thrived on volunteer
work and felt that giving back to the community was important. During her
retirement she spent many hours volunteering at The Geisinger Medical Center
in Danville, The Portland Hospital in Maine, the Saco Museum in Maine, and
The Slifer House Museum in Lewisburg.
survived by her loving sister, Mary Jane Geiser and brother in law Milton L.
Geiser of Mount Joy, her son James C. Cook III and his wife Francesca
Santini of North Wales and daughter Leslie Desroches and her husband Raymond
of Hamilton, MA. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Griffen James
Desroches, Julia Elizabeth Cook and Amy Ellen Cook, ages 16, 14, and 12.
Patricia will always be remembered by her relatives and friends for her
wonderful sense of humor and her desire to bring happiness to the lives of
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Pat's Life to
be held Saturday, February 4 2012 at 11:00 AM at Christ Lutheran Church 100
South Third Street, Lewisburg PA 17837 with her pastor the Reverend William
S. Henderson officiating. Friends will be received in the Atrium of the
church at 10:00 AM with the Memorial Service immediately following at 11
a.m. The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to
the church in Patricia’s name. Arrangements are under the direction of the
Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W. Mahoning Street Danville PA.