Patrice Klonke 72

Oak Park nurse

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Patrice J. Klonke (nee Dalton), 72, a lifelong resident of Oak Park, died on Nov. 1, 2019 at Rush Oak Park Hospital. Born in Chicago on Feb. 4, 1947 to the late Henry and Margaret Dalton, she graduated from St. Lucy Parish School, Trinity High School, and St. Vincent School of Nursing in Chicago. 

A nurse for many years at West Suburban Hospital, most recently, she managed the office for Dr. Mark Cavalenes in Oak Park. 

Patrice Klonke is survived by her sons, Jamie (Jessica Diethelm) and Adam (Amanda Shaker) Petrzelka; her grandchildren, Owen, Sydney, Reed, Wyatt and Jane; her siblings, Mary Ann (the late Milt) Bailey, Genie (Don) DeGeus, Denise (John) Megall and Hank Dalton; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert E. Petrzelka, who died in 1980 and by her husband, Gerald J. Klonke, who died in 2017. 

Visitation was held on Nov. 5 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Giles Church in Oak Park, followed by private interment. 

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, stjude.org.

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