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Patricia Jean Krohmer

Posted August 23, 2013 in Obituaries, West Des Moines

October 2, 1923 – August 22, 2013

Patricia Krohmer

Patricia Krohmer

Patricia Jean Krohmer, 89, died Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Calvin Community Care Center in Des Moines. A memorial service in her honor will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Calvin Community main lounge at 4210 Hickman Road.

Pat was born on October 2, 1923 in Hot Springs, South Dakota. During her youth, Pat lived in many communities and attended 4 high schools in separate cities. She graduated from Waterloo West high school, and achieved her Kindergarten-Primary Education teaching degree in 1944 from the Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa). After graduation, Pat taught elementary students in the Northfield Iowa school district.

Pat met Don in 1943, and they were married on September 2, 1945 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They had two children, Susan and Steve, and four grandchildren, Aaron, Brian, Kristen, and Anne. Pat worked as a public school librarian in Des Moines, and later as a dental office receptionist. Pat enjoyed helping others, and continued to do so throughout her 7 years at Calvin Community, where she served as the resident council president. She was active in church women’s groups, volunteering for a mental health organization and Broadlawn’s hospital, and teaching preschool classes at Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church. Pat was very creative, and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, tatting, ceramics, and especially weaving. She enjoyed playing bridge with friends and being part of the “lunch bunch” that met regularly at the Waveland Cafe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents Roy and Miriam Bridge, and two sisters Miriam and Connie. She is survived her children Susan Krohmer, and Steve and his wife Janet Krohmer, four grandchildren, and five nieces.

The family wants to offer a sincere thanks to the staff of Calvin Community for the loving care they’ve provided to both Pat and Don Krohmer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Calvin Community. Online condolences will be welcomed at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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