Patricia Koons, 87

Patricia A. Koons, 87, Macy, died Saturday, April 19 at 11:56 p.m. at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester. She was born Dec. 26, 1926 in Bridgeport, Ill. to Forrest and Maryellen (McKelfresh) Harper.

Patricia was a graduate of Bridgeport High School. She received a Bachelor's Degree in primary education from Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis) in 1948, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She married James William "Bill" Koons in Indianapolis, on June 20, 1948; he died Dec. 1, 1980.  She taught kindergarten at Southwood Elementary, Chippewa School, and Metro North Elementary, and also taught art at Lagro.  She was also a substitute teacher, private tutor, and tutored special needs children.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, attending the Peru Ward.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed genealogy, and was very active in helping church members with their genealogy research. She belonged to the Ladies Fireman's Auxiliary in Macy. Her favorite TV program was Lawrence Welk. 

She is survived by four children, David Wayne Koons, Macy, Bonnie (Luis) Ortiz-Koons, Madisonville, Ky., Mary (William) Deeds, Macy, and Karen (Mike) Dahlquist, Bunker Hill; nine grandchildren, Jose Ortiz-Koons, Madisonville,  Lia Ortiz-Koons, Seoul, South Korea, Luis Ortiz-Koons, Jr.,  Madisonville, Ben (Cyndi) Fetrow, Kendallville, William (Amber) Deeds, Guatemala, Paul (Rene) Deeds, Akron, Elizabeth Deeds, Macy, Rachel Maples, Wabash, and Grace Maples, Bunker Hill; several great-grandchildren; brother, James (Beverly) Harper, Saint George, Utah, and sister, Joan Brian, Sumner, Ill. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with David Phillips officiating.  Burial followed in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Christian Missionary Fund for Solomon's Porch, Guatemala, in care of William & Amber Deeds; P.O. Box 10509, Tallahassee, FL 32302-2509,

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Posted on 2014 Apr 22