Patricia Quinlan Ochota, 78, died peacefully on Nov. 24, 2019 on Marco Island, Florida. Born to the late Theodore and Isabelle Quinlan on March 15, 1941 in Chicago, she attended St. Catherine of Siena High School and earned a B.A. degree in Social Work from the College of St. Teresa. She married Jerome Ochota in 1964 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and the couple settled in Oak Park, where they remained active members of the community for over 40 years.
She loved people, dogs, and conversations with both. She was able to start a conversation with any individual anywhere and leave that person feeling valued. She devoted herself to helping and serving others. As a social worker with Oak Park Township, her compassion touched the lives of her clients and co-workers and her family. Whether you called her Pat, Patsy, Mom, Nana, or Aunt Patsy, you knew she loved you and would give you her all, without concern for what she might receive in return. Upon retirement, the couple relocated to Wausau, Wisconsin to be closer to their daughter and her family.
Patricia Ochota is survived by her husband, Jerome; her daughter, Suzanne O’Neill; her granddaughter, Patricia O’Neill; her sister, Suzanne Larocca; and her many nieces and nephews, including Daniel, Mary Pat, Lynn, Nancy Schmidt, Timothy, Michael Larocca, Kathy Sniegowski and Adam Zajac. She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Thomas Larocca; her sister/brother-in-law Bernadette and Dennis Zajac; and her son-in-law, Charles O’Neill.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9:45 a.m. until time of funeral Mass, 10:30 a.m., at Oak Park’s Ascension Church, 808 S. East Ave., followed by private interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation are appreciated by the family. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.