PATRICIA A. MARTIN, 81 ROCKFORD - Patricia A. Martin, 81, of Rockford passed away at 8:40 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, in her home, after a short battle with lung cancer. Born Nov. 8, 1928, in Afton, Wis., to Merwyn and Josephine Martin. She spent her childhood in Janesville, Wis., and later moved to Rockford in 1965, where she worked as a design draftsman for Barber-Colman, from which she retired after 25 years. Pat loved all sports. She enjoyed playing golf, bowling and in her younger days, played baseball with the Janesville Gems. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Her TV programs were mostly sports programs. She loved country-western music and loved dancing to it. Survived by brother, James Martin of Florida; sister, Alice Morehart of Milton, Wis.; longtime friend and companion, Jo Romano; numerous nieces, nephews and their children; and her precious kitties, Sadie, Stella, Ruby, Shirley and Big Ed, whom she adored. The family would like to thank Northern Illinois Hospice for their loving care and kindness to Pat in her last days. Also, special thanks to Pat's niece, Vickie Bullis, for her tireless assistance of transporting Pat to medical appointments and her loving home care to her beloved Aunt Pat. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Road, Rockford. Burial in Calvary Cemetery in Wisconsin, with Father Daniel P. Finnane officiating. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61108. Memorials may be made to Pat's favorite charity, PAWS. To express condolences online please visit
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