Irene Patterson

  • Born: April 5, 1946
  • Died: March 31, 2014
  • Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

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Lafayette, IN 47904
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Irene Patterson, 67, of West Lafayette, passed away at 11:07 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital after a battle with cancer. Born April 5, 1946 in Bexar County, TX, she was the daughter of the late Jesus Farias and Concepcion Medina. She married John Patterson on May 24, 2002 in Lafayette and he survives.
A proud graduate of Purdue University, she retired from Fairfield Manufacturing in 2006 after 31 years, where she was a quality engineer. She enjoyed sewing, making jewelry, and spending time with her family. She also loved going on long drives with her husband. She was a member of the Purdue Alumni Association.
Surviving with her husband is a daughter, Tricia Rodarmel (husband, Eric) of Suzhou, China. She leaves behind three grandchildren that she adored, Ashley, Alex, and Kiley Rodarmel. She is also survived by siblings, Martha Favors (husband, Morris) and Andy Siller (wife, Pat) both of Frankfort, IN, and Jim Siller (wife, Diana) of Danville, IN, and Marci Creps (husband, Steve) of Bloomington, IN. Also surviving are four stepchildren, John Patterson (wife, Karen) of Fishers, IN, Jenny Plante (husband, Tom) of Lafayette, Evie Anderson (husband, Stuart) of Cicero, IN, and Nate Patterson (wife, Denelsey) of Michigan City, IN, five step grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Junior, Jessie, and John, and a sister, Mary.
Private family service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Community Cancer Network, Inc., P.O. Box 4499, Lafayette, IN 47903. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Condolence & Memory Journal


I am deeply saddened to learn of Irene's passing. We never got to meet Irene in person, but were so happy to learn that we had a cousin who desperately tried for years to find us. You see, her father and our father were brothers. We had no idea we had a cousin and now she is gone. I want to extend our deepest condolences from Celestino Farias' family to Irene's family. May she rest in peace. We Love You Irene.

Posted by Naomi Parras - San Antonio, TX - cousin   April 05, 2014

Lovely Lady. Showed me how to be a leader and female in an almost all male work place. She was full of smiles and answers no mater the time or the subject. I miss your wisdom at work everyday.

Posted by Doreen Savoldi - Lafayette, IN - Friend from Fairfield   April 03, 2014

I'm so very sorry for your and may God be with you help you in this time of need.
God Bless You Always and forever,
George Buck

Posted by George Buck - Lafayette, IN - co-worker at Fairfield   April 02, 2014

Dear John and Family, Paul and I were so sorry to hear of Irene's passing. Our prayers are with you. .

Posted by Linda Foster - Lafayette, IN - Coworker   April 02, 2014

Sending prayers for the family of Irene... we first worked together at Mallorys in Frankfort... then at Fairfield before she retired.. Always friendly... and always smiling...May your memories comfort you at your time of loss... She will be missed...

Posted by Becky Argy - Lafayette, IN - friend and coworker   April 02, 2014

I am so sorry John and family to hear of your loss. Cancer is such a terrible illness and now that you have suffered along with two wives who succumbed to its treachery your heart must be shattered. Please know you are all in my prayers and I send you many blessings.

Posted by Patricia Brinson Madison (Patty) - North Pole, AK - John's niece   April 02, 2014

So So sad to see this wonderful lady pass. I pray she is at peace now and free from the Cancer. Prayers going out to all the family....

Posted by Julie (Schoner) Marley - Frankfort, IN - Friend   April 01, 2014

Awwwww Irene, you've left us too soon dear friend.

John words would never be enough to console you and yours at a time like this. Know that I keep you in my thoughts. I pray that the good lord provides you with the strength to weather the dark days that surround you, and peace as he leads you out of them.

Lord our God, the death of Irene recalls our human condition and the brevity of our lives on earth.

But for those who believe in Your love, death is not the end, nor does it destroy the bonds that You forge in our lives.

We share the faith of Your Son's disciples and the hope of the children of God.

Father bring the light of Christ's resurrection to this time of testing and pain as we pray for her and for those who love her, through Christ our Lord.

Posted by Bob Rogers - Lafayette, IN - co-worker   April 01, 2014


Prayers to you, John & family. I LOVED working with Irene. My most favorite time working here at Fairfield was when we all worked in the engineering "hut".
Irene was such a great mentor for women in the shop.

Posted by Barb Knowles - Lafayette, IN - Friend   April 01, 2014