Patricia L. Chott
Patricia Lea Chott, 92, a resident of Decatur, Illinois, and formerly of Wildwood, Illinois, passed away April 15, 2023, at her home with her children by her side. She was born March 4, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois to Francis and Helen Gary.
Pat began teaching at St. Gilbert Catholic School in 1963 and stayed for thirty years. “If you love teaching and you love children, it is very hard to leave.” And Pat loved her St. Gilbert parish and school family.
Her heart was always open to family, friends, and everyone she met. She lived life with optimism and kindness. Her friendships were forever from grade school, high school, and college to her Decatur special friends and all the loving friends who surrounded her for 92 years. As a Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma, she was the best – – her love enveloped us all.
Her “gift of gab” let her never know a stranger or invite them in for a cup of tea and a bit of Irish advice. Her love of travel, let her to say, “My traveling shoes are always ready!” Special thanks to her traveling family, Timi Kaufman and her team.
Special thanks to St. Mary’s Cancer Care of Decatur Illinois.
Patricia is survived by her children Janet (Edward) Chott-Beasley, Lynda Chott, and Tim (Cecelia) Chott, her grandchildren Nicholas Chott, Nathan (Brooke) Chott, and Neil Chott, her great-grandson Jet Morris Chott, and her brother Bernard Gary. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Chott, and her brother Gerald Gary.
A visitation and funeral service will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030 on Thursday, April 20, 2023, from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM with the funeral service commencing at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow the services at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Gilbert’s School 310 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, Illinois. For more information, please call (847)223-8122 or visit www.StrangFuneral.org.
To all the Chott family. We are sorry for your loss. Your mom, grandma, aunt, sister, or cousin, was a great teacher, neighbor, “Irishman” (WOMAN), to all who met her, whether living next door or passing at the grocery store, Pat was friendly to all. Pat and Bill were great to live next to and show us younger warmouths how to have work ethic and neighborly friendships. We moved away but never lost keeping in touch all these years. Rest in peace Pat. Fond memories will replace your sorrow in the very near future! Celebrate Pats life !!!!
Mrs. Chott was a favorite teacher of my 3 siblings and me at St. Gilbert’s. She was always happy and willing to help. Also had the patience of a Saint. I will never forget how she was there for me when my Aunt, the crossing guard, passed away. She just hugged me and let me cry. Today my tears are for her. We are very sorry for the loss of your mother, she will be seated at the right hand of the Lord. God Bless and comfort you at this difficult time.
She was a blessed woman. She was a friend and fellow teacher with my mother. She was my 5th grade teacher. She will be missed by many and remains in our memory
Our sincere condolences and sympathy to the Chott and Gary family’s.
Mrs. Chott (Pat, although I could never call her Pat) was a great friend and neighbor. Mr. and Mrs. Chott welcomed our family as their neighbor back in ‘76. They welcomed us with open arms and soon became important members of our family, each looking out for each other.
I will miss our frequent calls spent catching up on each other along with our growing family’s.
Till we meet again Mrs. Chott may you rest in peace🍀
I can remember she was my second grade teacher at St. Gilberts in the early 60’s and we had close to 50 kids in the class. She had the patience of a saint and I will remember her fondly. My condolences to her family.
“In death I rest and am at peace; in life, I toiled and strove.
Is the hardness of the winter stream
Better than the melting of spring?”
From The Bones of Chuang Tzu
by Chang Heng, 78-139 A.D
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