Patricia A. McGowan, 76

Patricia "Pat" A. Mc-Gowan (formerly known as Patricia Neu and Patricia Jablonski) passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at the age of 76 years after a courageous battle with cancer.

Pat was born on Dec. 1, 1935 in Milwaukee to Thomas "Ed" and Evelyn (nee Sheahan) McGowan.

She enjoyed cooking and gardening. Pat was very active at the Meadowbrook Manor where she made many friends and volunteered many hours on various committees.

Pat was an incredible cook and loved spending time with her family, especially her "little lamb" Victor.

Pat is survived by her children Jacqueline (Robert) Pruitt of Campbellsport, Michael (Laura) Neu of Sheboygan Falls, and William (Judith) Neu of West Bend; grandchildren Travis (Natalie Benter) Pruitt, Kimberly (special friend Adam Birch) Pruitt, and James (special friend Shelby Jeffers) Neu; and great-grandson Victor Pruitt Birch. She is further survived by her sister-in-law Dolores McGowan, and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and dear friends. Pat is preceded in death by her parents Ed and Evelyn; and siblings Dorothy (Jack) Poole; John McGowan; Richard (Phyllis) McGowan, and Terrance McGowan; and sister-in-law Joan McGowan.

A memorial service for Pat will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church, N89 W16297 Cleveland Ave., in Menomonee Falls. Gathering will take place from 9:30-10:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the church ONLY. Interment of cremains will take place at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery at a later time.

The family wishes to extend a special "Thank You" to Hospice Advantage and the Kathy Hospice for their care and compassion for Pat during her stay.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; 338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.