Jean May Patton

Age 87, passed away August 12, 2016.  She was born September 18, 1928, in Toledo, Ohio, to Chester and Ruth Rischman.  Jean graduated from Lansing Community College with a degree in Business Management, and worked at Farm Bureau as the Purchasing Manager, retiring after 28 years.  She was proud to be a Certified Purchasing Manager and served as President of the Purchasing Managers Association of Central Michigan.  Jean was an active member of Holt United Methodist Church.  She loved to bird watch, travel, and golf, but mostly she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Jean was a teacher at heart and was an exceptional mentor to her family.

Surviving are:  3 daughters, Karen (Douglas) Sloat, Sharon (Michael) Zajac, and Denise (Jeffrey) Shattuck; 6 grandchildren, Jason Abel (Debbie Kenyon), Stacy (Scott) Daniels, Roberta Zajac (Andrew Poincot), Stephen Zajac, Chauncey Shattuck (Heather Gaudard) and Alexander (Erin) Shattuck, and 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father Chester Rischman and mother Ruth Nuoffer; brothers, Chester, James and Jack Rischman; sisters, Dorothy Rischman, Susan Musgrave and Betty DeShetler.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Holt United Methodist Church, 2321 N. Aurelius Rd.  Her family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice or Holt United Methodist Church in memory of Jean Patton.  Online condolences and further details are available at

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Nancy Richards
August 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Dear Karen,Sharon, and Denise,
Even though I have lived miles and miles from Aunt Jean I have always felt very close to her. I will always remember her kind voice and her laugh. I hope you know that she was so proud of all of you!
Am so sorry that I cannot be there for the services, but will be there in spirit.
Love and peace,

Debbie Locke
August 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm

Dear Karen, Sharon, and Denise, I have so many good memories of spending a week or two in Michigan at Aunt Jean’s! I remember looking forward to it every year! One fun memory I have is we were in a big yellow (i think) car going to the drive-in, and Aunt Jean started tapping on the brakes making the car shake, she said we were dancing! I remember we all laughed and laughed! I know she is dancing in Heaven now with all her sisters and brothers! I so very much want to be there for the funeral, but at this point I don’t think I will be able to make it. But as Nancy said, I will be there in spirit. Love you all very much, Debbie

Tricia Moilanen
August 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

I am so sorry for your loss! I did not know her well, but I always admired the relationship Denise had with her mother. Denise, as you go through the grieving process, my hope is that every memory makes you smile.

Kathie Young
August 18, 2016 at 9:49 pm

Karen, Sharon and Denise – You have all been in my thoughts and prayers. I heard from Jan that it was a beautiful celebration of Aunt Jean’s life today, which she so deserved. She was an amazing woman who I admired so much all my life. I will always have great memories of her as we were growing up. I wish I could have been there today, and I look forward to being with you all soon to give you a big hug. With much love and sympathy, Kathie


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