Patricia Driscoll Ackerman, 78, of Danville, PA passed away peacefully
surrounded by her family at her home on Saturday, July 28, 2018. She was
born October 10, 1939 in Indianapolis, IN, the daughter of Robert Emmett and
Harriet Henderson Driscoll.
Ackerman is a 1957 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, Mansfield, OH
and received a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University in 1961, where
she was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta national sorority. She also
completed additional graduate work at Wayne State University in Detroit,
was married for 57 years to the love of her life, F. Kenneth Ackerman Jr., a
devoted and loving husband, whom she married December 17, 1960.
Ackerman lived her dream of teaching English and Literature to high school
students with honor and distinction for nearly 25 years. She concluded her
teaching career at Danville Area High School in Danville, PA, where she
retired in 2001.
lived a life committed to community service. Pat was a dedicated and proud
member of Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, Danville, PA, where she served
faithfully as a Sunday school teacher and chair of the Altar Guild. She
also served as chairperson of the Thomas Beaver Free Library Board of
Directors. “The Pat Ackerman Guys and Girls Read Program”, a joint
collaboration between the Thomas Beaver Free Library and the Danville Area
School District, was founded in honor of Mrs. Ackerman in 2014. She was
also a member of the Geisinger Auxiliary. Pat taught in the Head Start
Program for the poor and disadvantaged and also provided leadership for the
child abuse initiative in Montour County. In 2016, The Danville Area
Community Foundation awarded Pat, along with her husband, The Robert N.
Pursel Award for a lifetime of distinguished community service.
will be warmly remembered by all who knew and loved her as a classy lady
with a beautiful spirit and personality; her ever-present smile, her love of
her love of dogs. She will be greatly missed by her family whom she adored.
addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons; Kenneth (Michelle)
of Rochester, MN, Christian (Karen) of Crozet, VA, and Peter (Beth) of
Madison, CT, as well as 10 grandchildren. Mrs. Ackerman also leaves behind
her lone sibling Timothy Driscoll and his wife Dee, of Davidson, NC. In
addition to her husband and children, she leaves behind many who are both
immensely thankful for her presence in their lives and inspired by her
Relatives and friends are invited to attend an open reception which will be
held at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church 120 E. Market St. Danville, PA
Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. A Celebration of Pat’s Life
will be held Friday, August 3, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Christ Memorial
Episcopal Church with Father Jim Strader-Sasser officiating. Burial will be
private and held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Ackerman may be made to the
following organizations that were most dear to her: Christ Memorial
Episcopal Church; Ackerman/Driscoll Fund, in c/o Central Susquehanna
Community Foundation (725 W. Front St. Berwick, PA 18603); Ken and Pat
Ackerman Designated Fund for the Thomas Beaver Free Library, in c/o First
Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, 330 Pine St; Suite 400,
Williamsport, PA 17701; Ken and Pat Ackerman Family Scholarship Fund, in c/o
Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, 725 W. Front St, Berwick, PA
18603; Ackerman Family Fund (Donor Advised Fund), in c/o the Central
Susquehanna Community Foundation, 725 W. Front St, Berwick, PA 18603.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West
Mahoning Street Danville PA. www.visneski.com