Patricia Ann Malespin (nee Sooy), 81, of Oak Park, died on July 13, 2018. Born on Feb. 5, 1937 in Baltimore, Maryland, she was raised by her mother, Ann Sooy, and her stepfather, Mark Sooy, in Warrington, Pennsylvania, a small town outside of Philadelphia.
An only child, on a small farm, she helped her uncles grow corn and tomatoes, and also helped raise chickens and other farm animals. She was very close to her Aunt Elsie, who helped take care of her mother later in life.
She attended Wildwood High School in Wildwood, New Jersey, and graduated with the class of 1955, then left New Jersey for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she met her husband, Robert. Shortly after, they relocated to Lansing, Michigan, to pursue a career in music. She had a deep love for classical music and was a violinist in school.
After a few years in Michigan, she finally settled in Oak Park. There she had her only child, Erick Daniel Malespin, on Feb. 23, 1970.
She worked for many years for a large bank in downtown Chicago, processing adjustments to customer accounts. After retiring, she purchased her own condo in Oak Park, where her charm and outgoing personality made her a well-known figure around town. A devout Christian, she was an active member of her congregation at Parkview Presbyterian Church and would take every opportunity to donate and volunteer her time, to help out and contribute to numerous charitable organizations. She was also an avid animal lover, and would give to local animal shelters and humane societies.
Patricia Ann Malespin left a lasting impression with her sense of humor, outgoing and bubbly personality, and genuine love of life. She will be truly missed.
Patricia is survied by her son, Erick D. Malespin, and her cousins, James West and Jeffrey West.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at noon at Parkview Presbyterian Church, 641 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60304. All are welcome. Concessions and refreshments will be available at the conclusion of service. In lieu of flowers, family is requesting donations to the Epilepsy Foundation of America or Parkview Presbyterian Church in Patricia Ann Malespin’s name.