Patricia K. “Pat” Brown, 88, passed away September 30, 2019

Patricia K. “Pat” Brown, 88, of Benton Harbor, died peacefully surrounded by her family at home Monday, September 30, 2019.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, October 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Starks and Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI with Pastor Jeffrey Hubers officiating. Friends may visit with family prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Following the service, food, drink and celebration of Pat’s life will continue at Starks. Burial, with family only, will follow at Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan or American Diabetes Association. Friend wishing to send a condolence online may do so at

Patricia was born April 13, 1931 in Lansing, Michigan to Gustav & Thelma (Thomas) Treichel. She was an only child. She graduated from the great Benton Harbor High School class of 1949. She was a majorette all four years in high school and also at Western Michigan University for two years. During her younger years, Pat was a dancer for many events and performed at the House of David. Patricia married her husband of 51 years, Philip A. Brown on July 12, 1952 at First Congregational Church of Christ in Benton Harbor. She loved playing and watching tennis. She really enjoyed having lunch every month with her classmates from the 1948 & 1949 classes. Friday’s were always special to her because that’s the day she got her hair done and she was ready for the weekend. Pat enjoyed everyone’s leftovers when going out to eat with the family. She didn’t need a cell phone to remember phone numbers. Pat had everyone in her family’s phone number memorized. She was involved in Monday Musical and volunteered for several other organizations over the years.

Pat devoted her life to her husband and her family. She was very proud of her family and the life she lived. Her smile lit up the room. She will be missed by many.

Patricia is survived by her children, Scott (Pam) Brown of Coloma, Sheryl Stone of Decatur, Suzanne Heckert of St. Joseph and Cynthia Brown of Marquette. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2003; great-grandchild, Josie; son-in-law, Alan; Aunt Etta Sheler and many cousins. 

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