Obituary of Patricia Ann Reau
Patricia Ann Warwick was born on December 14, 1935 in Wyandotte, Michigan. She was one of seven children born to George and Alice Warwick. After losing both of her parents at a young age, she came to live with several foster families including Dr. and Mrs. Tomilson and family of Newport, Michigan and Emmanuel and Lucene Cousino whom she considered her father and mother. Pat graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe, Michigan with the Class of 1954. In 1956, she wed Robert MacDowell and they were blessed with two children. After Robert’s passing, Pat was later joined in marriage to Kenneth Reau on June 1, 1991 at the Straits of Mackinac.
As a young woman, Pat, worked as a stylist at Jan’s Salon in Erie. She was later employed as a press operator at both Neal Products in Erie and Reichart Stamping in Swanton, Ohio. In addition, prior to her retiring in 2000, Pat, worked at the deli and seafood department of Food Town grocery stores for ten years. A hard worker, Pat worked in Lambertville Telegraph Road and ending at the Food Town on North Dixie Hwy.
A fun-loving person who was always up for adventure, Pat enjoyed hitting the open road on the back of her husband’s motorcycle. The couple took an annual trip to Northern Michigan, across the Mackinac Bridge to Sault Ste. Marie with friends.
Patricia Ann Reau, age 86, of Luna Pier, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on Monday; June 27, 2022. Her passing was preceded by her parents; first husband; four sisters: Alice, Lillian, Phyllis, and Jean; and two brothers: George and Bobbie.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband: Kenny Reau; a son: Marty MacDowell of Cincinnati, Ohio; a daughter: Lisa (Robert) Strugarek of Erie, Michigan; four grandchildren: Marsha Grodi, Matthew MacDowell, Jonathan MacDowell, and Dakota (Jessica) Strugarek; five great grandchildren: Lamar, Lee, and Marcus Mitchell and Knox and Reese MacDowell with another blessing expected soon; and many friends.
Patricia will lie in state on Wednesday; July 6, 2022 from 10:00am until the time of the Mass of Resurrection at 11:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church; 2214 Manhattan Street, Erie, Michigan 48133. Pat’s care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, Erie; 9156 Summit Street, Erie, Michigan 48133 (734) 317-7199. Cremation has taken place through Covenant Cremation of Erie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic School in Erie, Michigan, the Wounded Warrior Project, or any veteran’s charity of the donor’s choice. Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting www.merklefs.com.