Lois A. Patterson, 87

Apr 5, 2021

Lois A. Patterson, 87, died Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Columbus, IN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl T. Patterson, in 2014. 

Lois had a long and productive life, which began in 1933 when she was born to Ralph and Dorothy Pina of Onset. She was raised in this charming community bordering Cape Cod. 

Lois, a popular student with many friends, was educated in Wareham schools and graduated with honors from Wareham High School in 1951. She took business courses to prepare her for her successful career. Her various extracurricular activities included being a cheerleader, which she enjoyed very much. 

She began her career after graduation as a clerk-typist at the nearby Otis Air Force Base. She and her future husband met at Otis, where he was stationed in the Air Force. After Carl’s service ended, the two were married in Onset in 1957. 

The couple left the area and began married life in Seymour, IN, in Carl’s hometown. They later relocated to Columbus, IN, which they made their permanent home for the rest of their lives. 

Lois continued her government employment at Bakalar AFB in Columbus until the birth of the couple’s son, Alan T. Patterson, in 1958. 

After being presented a certificate of recognition for 10 years of faithful service from Base Commander John Hoff, Lois left the federal workforce. She decided to fully dedicate her life to being a wife, mother, homemaker and friend to all who came to know her. 

Lois, Carl and their son Alan were faithful and active parishioners of the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. 

Lois had many health challenges, but her strong faith sustained her. She offered boundless kindness and generosity to her fellow man, despite her own handicaps. Many friends rallied to offer Lois help and love during her last difficult times. 

Lois is survived by her beloved son Alan of Columbus, IN; her nephew Roland (Sheri) Pires, Jr. of Granite Bay, CA; and niece Kathleen (John) Swan of Bakersfield, CA. 

A memorial mass and visitation were held at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Columbus, IN.