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Patricia O'Hanlon-Handshaw

Patricia Lynn O'Hanlon-Handshaw

Wednesday, January 14th, 1942 - Friday, April 24th, 2020
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Patricia Lynn O’Hanlon-Handshaw, 78, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph.

Private cremation services have occurred. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to leave a condolence for the family may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Patricia was born January 14, 1942 in Gary, IN to Walter and Jane (Kunz) Erler. She was a graduate of Riley High School and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Patricia proudly furthered her education and received a Master’s Degree in Art from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

In 1963, she married John O’Hanlon and lived in South Bend, IN doing business in the O’Hanlon Liquor Stores until 1982 when they divorced. In 1983, she married Robert G. Handshaw, an accountant for Clark Equipment Company, and spent many happy years living on Lake Michigan near St. Joseph. She worked part time as a tour manager for Edgerton Travel in South Bend, IN for about 20 years, taking tourist groups on overseas trips.

Patricia will be missed by her husband of 37 years, Robert Handshaw; her children, Tom (Ilka) Handshaw, Shari (Ken) Semonis, Susan (Alan) Selking, and Jim (Angie) Handshaw; her 14 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; and many aunts, uncles and extended family.
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Mike Kell

Posted at 09:13am
You will be missed, my one and only cousin. Our trips to South Bend were great fund. Mike & Pat Kell, Lisa & Brady Pierce, David & Amy Kell
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sven erickson

Posted at 06:12pm
Pat was a lovely lady. She was always pleasant, inquisitive and caring. The world needs more people like Pat. Our deepest sympathies to the whole family. Sven Erickson, DDS and the entire team at Modern Dentistry Associates
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Samuel Galbreath

Posted at 11:04am
I went on 2 cruises with Patricia, the first one was a Caribbean cruise where I had the pleasure of meeting her husband Robert as a matter of fact when we put into port at Niece France and the group split into 2 groups I got to Help Bob with the group returning to the USA while Patricia and Tom Edgerton took the rest on to Paris where they were stranded for a few days due to a air traffic controller strike. My final cruise with her was a 10 day cruise/land tour to Alaska, Patricia had an infectious smile and when she smiled she glowed, she is the only person I know of that carried a suitcase full of candy that distributed every night. God has gained a special angel And Bob has lost his angel here on earth, my thoughts and prayers go out to you Bob and the rest of your family.
Samuel (Sam) Galbreath
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Mary Meehan Firtl

Posted at 12:42pm
Was so saddened to read of Pat's passing and just recently passed her old home by Leeper Park and thought of her, remembering what a great mentor she was to me as a young artist. I first met her in the 70s when she shopped for art supplies at Office Engineeres in downtown South Bend where I worked briefly after high school. In walked this beautiful woman with long dark hair who was so friendly and engaging and shared her recent art projects with me as she'd purchase supplies for her ongoing paintings. We always chatted and discussed her art progress as well as my own. She even invited me to her lovely home to view her studio and see her work in progress. Pat was just a beacon of loveliness and I so envied her studio space and creativity. She encouraged me to pursue my art and was always supportive and inquisitive of my projects when she would come in. How sad to lose that light and a part of my creative history. Deepest of sympathy to her family and know she touched MY life and my career as an artist.
RIP Pat.
Sincerely,
Mary Meehan Firtl
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Sandra Borsodi

Posted at 08:59pm
To many wonderful memories to list. We are so sorry for your loss Bob and family. We know you have many great memories also. Trisha will stay in many hearts that she brought so much joy to.

God bless,

Tim and Sandy Borsodi
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