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Gayle F. Patterfritz

November 6, 1931 – February 12, 2017


PatterfritzGayle Frances Patterfritz, 85, of Monroe passed away Sunday at IHM Senior Living Community.


Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home,where Rev. Roy Southerland will share memories at 5 p.m., VFW Post 1138 Ladies Auxiliary service will be at 6 p.m. and a Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John Church with Mass at 10 a.m. Rev. James Smalarz will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.


Born in LaSalle, Michigan she was the youngest of 7 children born to Lillian and Edward Larrow.


Gayle graduated from St. Mary Academy in 1949.


In 1950, she married Douglas Scheick. They had 8 children. He preceded her in death in 1966. In 1973, she married Gerald Adamczyk gaining 4 step-children, he passed in 1987. She then married Gorland Paterfritz in 1990, he passed in 2003.


Gayle loved the Lord and her family. She was an active volunteer in her church and community.


Gayle volunteered at Karmanos Cancer Institute and Monroe Cancer Connection, where she was named Health Care Educator and Volunteer of the year. She belonged to the Council of Christian Women, RSVP and sang in the choir at St. Joseph Church, Monroe. She was also a member of the Comboni Ladies and a board member at St. Joseph Cemetery. She was a lifetime member of VFW 1138 Ladies Auxiliary. She sang for Memorial Day services at Roselawn Memorial Park for 35 years and St. Joseph Cemetery for 5 years.


Gayle worked for MCOP and served on their advisory board.


Gayle had a passion for singing and sang at numerous weddings and wakes starting at the age of 16.


She is survived by her children, Karen (Don) Wolfe, Christine Scheick, Douglas (Cheree) Scheick, Philip (Patricia) Scheick, Joseph Scheick, Timothy Scheick, Margaret (Rick) Walker, Dennis (Donna) Adamczyk, Michelle (Joe) Hawkins, Ronald (Cheryl) Adamczyk and Margaret (Kenny) Martin, 23 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and her beloved sweetheart of 13 years, James Giarmo.


Gayle was preceded in death by her mother in 1933, father in 1935 and Aunt Bessie who raised her from the age of 2; her three husbands; her daughter, Mary Grassel; brothers, Henry, Wilber and Lawrence Larrow; sisters, Glenna Santure, Dorothy McQuillen and Barbara Petee.


Memorial contributions are suggested to Monroe Cancer Connection 800 Stewart Rd. Monroe, Michigan 48162.


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5 Responses to Gayle F. Patterfritz

  • Mike and Joanne McMahon says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Aunt Gayle’s passing. She was the last of her generation to be welcomed home. She will be greatly missed. We are wintering in Myrtle Beach. Have seen Gary and Peg Santure several times. Sunday, Gary and I reminisced on our oldest and favorite memories of Aunt Gayle. Mine first was Christmas at your home in Toledo and lunches with my mom and yours in Monroe. I think my dad would have said the summer corn roast and talking with Pat about the Paradise CCC camp. We wish to extend sympathy to your entire family along with prayers and hugs.
    Love to you all

  • Fran Croslyn says:

    Peggy, I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. She had such a full life with all her accomplishments, that for sure is a Blessing. Please remember all the good memories I know you have for that alone will help you for comfort now and later. Will be saying a special prayer for you and the rest of the family during this time of sorrow. Love you.

  • Barb Palys says:

    My heart goes out to all of Gayle’s family, especially to Tim, Timmy, Samantha, and Christine.
    I know you all will have fond memories to fall back on and remember with love. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family, along with my sincerest sympathies.

  • Philip, My thoughts and prayers will be with you all as you gather to celebrate the life of your mom and her home going to be with Jesus. I remember meeting her at your house in Monroe. It sounds like she lead a rich and full life. Debbie Benore Sciallo

  • Norma Adamczyk says:

    To all,
    Remember the good times and know that your mom is at rest with God. She is now in her happy place with her family that went before her. Sunshine and flowers with the birds singing is what she has now. There is no pain . It’s a warm and happy place.
    Please remember this is the way she wanted it to be. She did it her way with the help of our God in heaven.

    Love and Blessings , Norma

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