On Thursday, October 22, 2020, our beautiful Mom and Grandma Pat passed to her eternal home in Heaven whereas faith has it she was embraced by her savior, Jesus.
Patricia Kay was born in Great Bend, Kansas on October 11, 1938 to Dorothy E. (Bruntzel) and John T. Darcey. She was the eldest sister to her loving siblings Deanna and Johnny. Pat graduated from Radium High School in 1956 and then pursued education at the Dominican School of Nursing, although her career path later revealed a love of and natural talent for interior design. On November 17, 1956 Pat was set up on a blind date to Joseph G. "Joe" Englert at his sister Millie’s wedding. Pat and Joe’s courtship began! When Joe was stationed out for military duties, he proposed to Pat through a love letter sent via the postal system, complete with her engagement ring enclosed! A September 7, 1957 marriage union in Seward, KS. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church followed. The couple loved and grew a family of four children. In God’s providence, eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren all became part of Pat’s world to love.
For 52 years Pat and Joe celebrated married life until Joe’s passing on August 4, 2009. Pat lived most of her life in Hays, Kansas where she and Joe both contributed through careers and volunteer work for their community. Pat’s interests included CCD teacher for Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, member of The Daughters of Isabella, retail store owner of Something Special Gift and Décor, showroom owner of Interiors by Pat, BID advisory board member, Hays Chamber of Commerce member, founder of Hays Bosom Buddies Cancer Support Group, support work toward the Knights of Columbus and Kansas National Guard, which her husband was member of both, arts and environment volunteer decorator for St. Francis Catholic Church in Munjor, volunteer seasonal decorating at Centennial Towers, which she loved doing and where she lived her final five years, and member of St. Francis Catholic Church. In her later years, she immersed herself in the hobby of painting tea towels, donating many to varied charitable organizations and to friends and her grandchildren. She loved all things creative, didn’t know a stranger, and had the kindest heart to all!
She is survived by her sister: Deanna (Ed) Johnson, her brother: John Darcey, three children: Daniel Joseph Englert (Patty) of Belton, MO, Darcy Ann Mendenhall (Scott) of Platte City, MO, Theresa Marie Corbeille of Rochester, MI, her grandchildren: Jason (Meagan) Englert, Jared Englert, Scott Englert, Kyle (Cecily) and Connor Mendenhall, Cate Corbeille, Abby (Ryan Michael) Pfeifer, Ryan Joe (Polly) Pfeifer, Anna Pfeifer, Isabelle Pfeifer, Miranda (Tim) Abate, and Devin (Brittany) Engelhardt, her great grandchildren: Bailey Englert, Caleb Englert, Eloise Mendenhall, Ella Pfeifer, Liam Pfeifer, Olyvia Engelhardt, Thomas Abate, Gianna Abate, Cale Engelhardt, and Adalynn Engelhardt.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband Joe, a daughter: Rosemary Kay Englert-Pfeifer, a granddaughter: Victoria Rose Pfeifer, her parents, brothers-in-law: John, Edward, and Leonard Englert, and Leonard Heeke, sisters-in-law: Esmerelda Darcey, Georgia Englert, Mary Englert, and Ann Heeke, and nieces: Denise Johnson-George and Esther Rose McMurtrie.
Pat’s family wishes to acknowledge and thank HaysMed for their utmost care given for the 30 days Pat was hospitalized till her passing, including ICU, Acute Care, hospital doctors, food and cleaning service, and all other departments that gave professional and compassionate care.
Due to the current Covid pandemic, the family has opted for a Catholic, private family service at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home on Saturday, October 24, 2020. A springtime Catholic funeral and burial will be scheduled and announced. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis Church or to St. Nicholas of Myra Church. Condolences and memories of Pat may be shared with the family at www.haysmemorial.com