Patricia Ryan Podvin King
Patricia Ryan Podvin King
Patricia Ryan Podvin King, 93, passed away on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, in St. Cloud, Minn.
She was born in Superior on June 14, 1923, to Joseph Cornelius and Berdie Ryan. Having been born on flag day, her father led her to believe the flags were flying in her honor. Her mother was responsible for giving Pat the spirit of life she displayed daily.
Pat attended the University of Wisconsin and during WWII worked as a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and Herald in Duluth, Minn.
On July 16, 1947, she married Charles Leon Podvin and together they raised five children in Superior. Besides their children, they took in two boys from Cuba in the 60's and numerous foreign exchange students during the 70's.
While living in Superior, Pat was a member of the Douglas County Easter Seal Society, St. Francis Xavier Home and School Association, St. Joseph Hospital Auxilary, Onaway Club, Red Cross Grey Ladies, Garden Club Number 1, Women's Association of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Catholic Charities, Council of Girl Scouts, and President of the Superior Jaycettes.
Upon the death of her husband in 1985, Pat married Richard King in 1991, and moved to Minneapolis, Minn., where she was President of the St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church Women's Club, a board member of the Minneapolis League of Catholic Women, and a Liaison for the Northside Child Development Center.
In 1999, following the death of her second husband, Pat moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., and was a member of both the St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Women's Auxiliary of the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra.
In 2005, Pat relocated to Pawleys Island, S.C., where she was an active member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church Women's Club and of the Waccamaw Neck Republican Club. In 2012, she moved to St. Cloud, Minn.
Pat has lived in many cities throughout the country and accumulated many amazing friends throughout the way. She was always proud of her Irish heritage and was able to visit Ireland in 1996. As she would say, "May the luck of the Irish be with you".
She is preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; sister, Jane Charbonneau and Joan Foley; and her daughter-in-law, Jennifer Podvin.
Pat is survived by her children, Ryan, Rick (Linda), Sue (Jerry Rovner), Mark (Maritza), and Kevin (Linda); 14 grandchildren, Jon, Kassy, Sara, Michelle, Jenny, Angie, Kelly, Chad, Lili, Karen, Alex, Courtney, Dayton, and Murphy; 13 great-grandchildren, Clara, Sam, Ellie, Kaylee, Lucy, Drake, Mackenna, Molly, Nolan, Kate, Emilio, Elizabeth, and Nicholas.
Visitation: one hour prior to the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Saturday, April 22 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Superior with Rev. James Tobolski as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be, Dayton, Courtney and Jonathon Podvin and Murphy Cannon.
If desired, donations may be made in Pat's name to Catholic Charities, 1416 Cumming Ave, Superior, WI 54880.
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