Patricia Rhoads Stauffer, 89, passed away Feb. 12, 2020, in Danville, PA. A
long-time Danville resident, Patricia Joyce, was born Oct. 14, 1930, in
Clearfield, Pa., the oldest daughter of Fred and Bernece Rhoads.
met her husband-to-be when she was hired as a high school senior to give
tours at the newest attraction in town – WCPA radio station. She went on to
attend Gettysburg College before returning to Clearfield to wed Leroy W.
Stauffer on Nov. 26, 1949. It broke her heart when Lee, her husband of 69
years, died 14 months ago.
Patricia was intelligent and curious, persistent to the point of
stubbornness, and a perfectionist. She disliked making decisions and found
compromise difficult but having made up her mind pursued her goals
single-mindedly. She was an early environmentalist who hated to waste
anything, often to a fault. She had exquisite taste, loved to laugh, enjoyed
entertaining and threw great parties. She faced the trials of her life with
stoicism and courage, refusing to let the bad things that happened win. She
helped her husband and children see the colors and taste the flavors of
life. She will be greatly missed.
had many passions and was a hard worker. She raised and bred Welsh ponies,
often getting up at 5 am to break the ice on their water buckets during an
Ohio winter, or administer their shots. With her younger son, she raced
sulky in the 1960s wearing peach and white silks. She loved gardening, bird
watching, auctions and antiquing – all while raising four children and
taking care of the home front so her husband could excel at his business of
running community newspapers. They lived by turn in Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Connecticut, back again to Ohio and finally Pennsylvania.
was her focus. They sat down to a home-cooked dinner every night. An
inventive cook, she was ahead of her time with the foods she prepared –
often to the dismay of her children’s friends who might stay for dinner and
find an Indian curry or seafood mousse instead of the meat and potato
standard of the day.
was a creative, making costumes and creating elaborate themed children’s
birthday parties. She painted in oils and acrylics, sketched in charcoal
and even after age crippled her hands, she would do little pen and ink
drawings to embellish a birthday or holiday card. In 1974 she returned to
college at Kent State University pursuing an Art History major.
relished the chance to explore countries and cultures, and was widely
traveled. While she enjoyed Europe, the Baltics, New Zealand, Canada and the
UK, it was Asia that influenced her most. Her personal style reflected her
travels to India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Sri Lanka. For a
time, she led tours sharing her love of the Orient with others. In later
years, she and her husband navigated the Great Lakes by boat and she
indulged her love of fishing.
cradle Episcopalian, she served the Lord throughout her life. At Christ
Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville, she served on the vestry and cemetery
committee, was a reader and took communion to shut-ins. She was also a
member of Christ Memorial Church in Warren, OH, and attended St. Andrews in
Ft. Pierce, FL
addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son,
survived by a son, Michael Lee and his wife Dolly of Danville; a daughter
Cynthia Louise of Hillsborough, NC; a daughter Pamela Stauffer Christine and
her husband, Ed, of Lititz; a daughter Neela Marikkar and her husband,
Zarook, of Colombo, Sri Lanka; her sister, Constance R. McGarry of
Clearfield; five grandchildren, Alexander L. Christine of Virginia, Lucas
Stauffer Weller and Alana Stauffer Weller, both of North Carolina, Andrew
Moyle of Florida and Jessica Moyle of Oregon; and two great-grandchildren,
Kaiya Stauffer Atkins of North Carolina, and Brieten Decker of Oregon.
and friends are invited to a Celebration of Patricia’s Life to be held
Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 11 am at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church,
120 E. Market Street, Danville with Father Jim Strader-Sasser officiating.
The family will also receive friends from 10 am until time of service.
Flowers will be provided by the family. Memorial contributions in memory of
Mrs. Stauffer may be made to: The Stauffer Family Fund and mailed c/o
the Danville Area Community Foundation, 725 W. Front St., Berwick, PA 18603,
where they will continue to support the community and causes she loved.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 42
W. Mahoning St., Danville.