Patricia (Pat) Ann Baillargeon (Walpole) age 92 died in her sleep Wednesday November 7, at Hospice of the Valley Scottsdale, AZ., following complications of a broken leg. Pat was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Ralph Baillargeon; her parents Mae and John Walpole and brothers, Robert and Donald Walpole. She leaves 5 children; Richard (Judy), Ronald (Mary), Raymond (Jill), Robert (Neil) and Lou Ann McCormack (George); 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Pat was born into a strong Irish Catholic family in Chicago, IL on August 12 1926. While a student at Gage Park High School, she met her ‘sailor boy’ Ralph; a New York native stationed at Navy Pier. After her graduation in 1944, Pat and Ralph were married in Chicago on February 12 1945. Married life took them from Chicago, through Aurora IL, Kalamazoo and Haslett, MI. and finally to Fountain Hills after retirement in 1988.
While in Haslett Pat worked as a Service Coordinator for the American Cancer Society of Lansing for 11 years. She will be remembered for her strong devotion to cancer patients and her unique talent for fundraising. While not boastful by nature, Pat often spoke about how well she could tap into some of the more notable resources at Michigan State University, including Magic Johnson. She said she could always count on Magic to donate autographed items for the Cancer Society’s annual fundraiser. She also volunteered for both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and for many years the Altar Guild at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in East Lansing, MI.
Seemingly mild mannered, when it came to dominos or cards Pat could be a fierce competitor; at bridge she knew every game imaginable. Frequently a winner, Pat was always gracious in competition. Pat and Ralph loved to travel the United States; from the Catskill Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains, Hawaii, the hills of San Francisco and the deserts, monuments and mountains in the Southwest. Pat was an accomplished navigator with the AAA maps and TripTiks
Mom remained the rock for our family for more than 13 years after our father passed away. We believe her spirit passed on before her strong and loving heart stopped beating. She will be greatly missed by all of us. Her children take comfort in the knowledge that the very best of our parents has been distilled and lives on in the grand and great grandchildren of Patricia and Ralph.
A mass celebrating Patricia’s life will be held the 12th of November at Ascension Catholic Church in Fountain Hills at 10 am. Pat and Ralph will be reunited at the National Memorial (Veterans) Cemetery of Arizona in the near future.
The family wishes to express our deep gratitude to Hospice of the Valley Scottsdale for the loving care provided our Mom. Special thanks to Sherry and April for the love and hugs during the final days. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages friends and relatives to contribute to the American Cancer Society of Lansing Michigan in Patricia Baillargeon name.
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