Patricia D. Cates (1946-2016)

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August 1, 1946 – September 28, 2016 

Patricia D. Cates, nee Olliffe, 70, of New Baden, Illinois born Aug 31, 1946 in London, England, died Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at her home in New Baden, Illinois, after a long battle with cancer.

Trish (known as “Pat” to most of her friends) was a naturalized U.S. citizen and a member of the St Clare of Assisi Parish in Shiloh, IL. She was very active in the Cursillo movement of the Catholic Church, primarily in the Belleville Diocese and a member of the Regional Team, consisting of part of Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. She was an integral part of many functions and committees within the St Clare Parish and will be remembered by many for her unwavering faith and commitment.

Pat first came to the United States in 1985, as the spouse of an active duty Air Force member (Jett Cates). Together, they lived in Phoenix, Arizona;  O’Fallon, Illinois; again in England, then Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri; and finally returned to New Baden in 2000.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice Olliffe, Doris, nee Palmer, Olliffe; and her brother Joe Olliffe, all of the United Kingdom.

Surviving are her husband, Jett, of New Baden, her sister Anita and  brother-in- law, Jimmy Windebank of Kent, England; two daughters Nicola “Nicky” Higgs and her spouse Ian and son Leo of Bedford, England;  Renee Holmes and her spouse Jason and daughters Chloe, Kaylee, and Alyssa, currently stationed at Ft Belvoir, Virg;   and a number of nieces and nephews residing in the UK.

In lieu of flowers, food, and other gifts, it was Pat’s specific request, and that of her family, that memorial donations be made to your local food pantry or to the St Clare of Assisi Church Building Fund.

Pat has donated her earthly body to medical science, through St Louis University, to further education and research. During the last 8 months of her battle, she also participated in a research study for treatment of pancreatic cancer.

A celebration of her life will be at St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, Shiloh, Illinois, with Mass at 11:00 am, October 24, 2016, with Rev. James Deiters presiding, followed by a visitation at the parish hall for friends and family.

Arrangements are through Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, IL.