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Patricia Anne Hancasky
Age 82 of Custer Park, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.
Born December 12, 1938 in Bourbonnais Township, Patricia Anne was a daughter of Herman and Annie (Wood) Magruder. She attended Altorff School, where she was the only kid in her class, and went on to graduate from Manteno High School with the Class of 1956. On June 22, 1963, Patricia married Edward Bruce Hancasky in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kankakee. She worked as a bookkeeper her entire life, and her positions included: 12 years with M&W Accounting in Kankakee, 10 years with Topping, Gianotti and Payne CPA’s and 14 years with Ramcorp Inc. in Wilmington until being diagnosed with breast cancer. Following her defeat of cancer, Pat then went back to work for Olivet University where she was employed in Adult Studies until her retirement. In addition, Pat ran Custer Township for 20 years and served as Township Supervisor. During her tenure with Custer Township, Pat oversaw Oakwood Cemetery in Braidwood and Custer Park Cemetery, as well as coordinated the senior citizen Christmas Dinners and assisted with government handouts. She was proud to have earned an award from Walmart which ultimately led to streetlights on many dark coroners along Illinois Route 113, and she was active with the Custer Park Fire Department who could always count on her, especially during times of tragedy, providing food and meals.
In her free time, Pat enjoyed working in the yard; tending to her flowers, and was proud of her more than 250 varieties of Hosta plants. She made great efforts and strides in working to improve and preserve abandoned cemeteries, and her passion for Veteran’s allowed for her to oversee the installation of the Veterans Memorial in Custer Park. She will be remembered as a great fan of both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs, and was truly grateful for the care and support provided to her by her caregivers, friends and the Class of ’56 girls.
Survivors include her two daughters: Mary (Leonard) Krull of Spring Branch, Texas and Carrie (Artur Kokoszko) Hancasky of Custer Park; one granddaughter, Sophia E. Krull of Spring Branch; one brother, Norman (Lovie) Magruder; three sisters: Betty Krueger, Carolyn Magruder and Geraldine Fulton; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including her great, great, great nephew Christopher Frye, USMC, whom she was beyond proud, and not to forget her dear friends: Jay Plese and Dave Rampa.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband in 2014.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Rose Catholic Church, 604 S. Kankakee Street in Wilmington. Revered Sebastian Gargol will preside, and Deacon Jay Plese will assist.
Burial will follow in Blooms Grove Cemetery in Rockville Township, Manteno where Pat will be laid to rest with her beloved late husband, Bruce.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Pat’s memory to Joliet Area Community Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Pat’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto: www.BaskervilleFuneral.com/obituary/Patricia-Hancasky
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)
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