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Patricia A. Davis (nee Stimmel)


January 31, 2012


Patricia A. Davis (nee Stimmel ), 78, of Danville, Pennsylvania where she has resided since 1973, died January 30, 2012 at Nottingham Village, Northumberland, after a struggle with brain cancer diagnosed in late October 2011.  She was born at home at 40 Rural Avenue, Lewisburg, PA on December 9, 1933 the second of two daughters of the late Horace Victor and Jennie Tryphena (Hackenburg) Stimmel.

Patricia graduated from Lewisburg High School in 1951, where she was a cheerleader and was elected May Queen. Known for her gregarious nature, she was friends with many classmates without regard for cliques or social status. Pat remained an active class of ’51 alumnus and was a co-organizer of class reunions and the class newsletter ‘Dragon Tales.’  Pat treasured her memories, correspondences and long lasting friendships developed during her formative years in Lewisburg.   

Patricia was predeceased in 2001by her beloved husband, Peter W. Davis, originally of Lancaster, PA. Together they shared many common interests, especially the Danville Community Singers where Pat sang and Peter conducted.  They cherished their summer home in Maine and eagerly awaited the signs of Spring which indicated it would not be long until they could re-open their beloved cottage.

 Patricia was employed at Geisinger Medical Center from 1973 until her retirement in 1991, where she was a case worker in the Department of Social Services.  As a case worker, Pat worked with patients and their families struggling with Cancer.  There she was known as a deeply compassionate advocate for her patients who graced the lives of many as they worked through difficult circumstances.  Even after retirement, Pat maintained her association with the Medical Center working for many years as a "Pink Lady" volunteer.  Pat was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Lewisburg; the same church in which she was baptized, confirmed, married, and where she baptized her own babies.  She was active in many of the lay ministries of the church, including the Stephen Ministry and was the founder of the prayer shawl ministry. She enjoyed gardening, antiquing, and interior decorating.  She excelled at many crafting and artistic endeavors, including painting, drawing, basket weaving, knitting and needle work. Pat thrived on volunteer work and felt that giving back to the community was important.  During her retirement she spent many hours volunteering at The Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, The Portland Hospital in Maine, the Saco Museum in Maine, and The Slifer House Museum in Lewisburg.

She is survived by her loving sister, Mary Jane Geiser and brother in law Milton L. Geiser of Mount Joy, her son James C. Cook III and his wife Francesca Santini of North Wales and daughter Leslie Desroches and her husband Raymond of Hamilton, MA.   Also surviving are three grandchildren, Griffen James Desroches, Julia Elizabeth Cook and Amy Ellen Cook, ages 16, 14, and 12.  Patricia will always be remembered by her relatives and friends for her wonderful sense of humor and her desire to bring happiness to the lives of others.   

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Pat's Life to be held Saturday, February 4 2012 at 11:00 AM at Christ Lutheran Church 100 South Third Street, Lewisburg PA 17837 with her pastor the Reverend William S. Henderson officiating.  Friends will be received in the Atrium of the church at 10:00 AM with the Memorial Service immediately following at 11 a.m. The family will provide flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to the church in Patricia’s name. Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W. Mahoning Street Danville PA.


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