Patricia Marie “Pat” Hislop, age 84, died peacefully on Saturday, March 25, 2023 after receiving loving hospice care at River Glen in St. Charles, close to her son Joe and his family.
Pat was born in Plainwell, Michigan to John and Ruth Schofield, the second girl of a sibship of six and an unabashed bookworm and smart kid. After attending country school, Pat graduated from Plainwell High School, and then Western Michigan University with her Bachelors in Math Education, later receiving her Master’s in education. After Pat had her son Joe, she was a single parent and teacher for many years in the Cherry Hill School System, primarily teaching fifth grade. Pat was not a bragger, but it was quite a thing to pursue the career and family as a mostly single mom in the 1960s. While living in Dearborn, Pat’s house was the place to visit on the eastside for friends and extended family, and many trips to Tigers games or playing cards and eating junk food surrounded by comforters were had at her home.
She also loved Lake Michigan, and spent several weeks at a cottage there every summer since her childhood, often floating on her back at the second sandbar. After her retirement from teaching, Pat moved to North Carolina with her sister Sue and the two got into great trouble traveling, watching TV, and caring for their pets. Pat was the one to go to for shopping, eating out, or convincing people you needed a dog, and her entire family said that if they were reincarnated, they wanted to come back as one of Pat’s dogs. Pat loved and was loved by her family so much and was thrilled to have grandkids Jacob and Nicole in her life.
Pat is survived by her grandkids and son and daughter-in-law Joe and Traci Schofield, brothers Tom Schofield and John (Donghong) Schofield, and a large group of friends and family of cousins, nieces, and nephews who loved her indulgent spirit and science brain. As the last of her sisters to die, we know that Momo, Sue, and Chris are so excited to be back together with Pat and have been planning a sister’s vacation and their next meal, and chortling together about some escapade or the right ingredients for their dad’s chop suey recipe. Family and friends will be invited to a wonderful celebration of her life in the summer on Lake Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, Pat would tell you to adopt a pet from your local animal shelter or take your existing pet to McDonalds for a burger or ice cream cone.
Services for Patricia will be held privately.
Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home in Geneva. For more information contact malonefh.com or 630-232-8233.
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