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9/11/2018 9:42:00 AM
Patricia Ganey
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Patricia Ganey left the world as she arrived on September 8, 2018 on her 92nd birthday.

Born and raised in Taylorville, she attended high school at Ursuline Academy in Springfield, and Brown’s Business College in Springfield. As a matriarch of a large family, she prospered in delight of their lives, their children’s lives, and their children’s lives. This interest in family was only matched by her enthusiasm for sports – sports that bridged youth through professional.

As a fixture at the Red Bland Little League Manner’s Park in the 1960’s, her interests evolved as those of her family. She was integral to St Mary’s Midgets Basketball concessions to support the team, and as a fan was unrivaled in her support for the Taylorville home side.

Patricia Jane Kennedy was born September 8, 1926 in Taylorville to Malachy Leo Kennedy and Florence Ann Keiser who were born in Stonington, Illinois. The youngest of four children, three brothers Wayne, Robert, and John preceded her in death.  

Patricia was married to Michael (Mick) Ganey in 1949 and he preceded her in death in 1994. Mick and Patricia relocated to Moultrie, Georgia in 1977 with Sangamon company, and both worked in Moultrie until Mick’s death. Patricia remained an active asset to the Moultrie community as a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and as stalwart fan of Colquitt County Packer sports.

Patricia was known for not only being genuine but for her generosity with others. She gave and supported and expected optimism and integrity as assets that were never qualified. Quick with the aphorism and short of accepting excuses, she leaves seven children, 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren who each appreciate the spark of life she has shared with them. Each has offered remembrance that they felt like they were the special person in her life, and in fact that case can be made without exception of all she touched in every walk.

Her family remains respectful and appreciative; children Tim (Tish) Ganey, Tampa, Florida; William (Barbara) Ganey, LaGrange, Illinois; Michelle (Tim) Maurer, Bloomington, Illinois; Denis Ganey, Gautier, Mississippi; Barbara (Larry Kupferschmid) Schaad, Bloomington, Illinois; Kathleen (Long term friend Judy Teague) Ganey, Huntsville, Alabama; Mary Ann (Ed) Creech, Moultrie, Georgia. Grandchildren Nova Belote, Milisa Ganey, Margaret Ganey, Camille Ganey (Tim); Samantha (Brent) Sordyl, Colleen (Brian) Keilers (William), Crissy (Bryan) Strand, Michael (Chelsea) Ganey; Lucas, Hannah, Claire Mauer (Michelle); Annarose Schaad, Natalie (Felipe) Schaad de Bessa, Peter (Maggie Beneke) Schaad (Barbara); Kacey, Matthew, and Nate Creech (Mary Ann) will miss her recognition of each of their birthdays with a card and note. Great-grandchildren include Shannon Ganey-Stevenson (Milisa); Will, Oliver, Emmett, Lucas, and Harrison Sordyl (Samantha); Gerald, Noah and Maddock Keilers (Colleen); Greta and Sarah Strand (Crissy); Nora and Clark Ganey (Michael); Sophie and Heidi Schaad (Annarose); Lua de Bessa (Natalie); and Oscar Schaad (Peter). They too have been given the inertia of pride in what you can do for others. In addition to Patricia’s immediate family, sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Alice Schafer, and nieces and nephews all will miss her life in theirs.

Services will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Cobb Funeral Home, Moultrie, Georgia. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. at 2441 Georgia Highway 37 West, Moultrie, Georgia.

A funeral mass and burial will be held in Taylorville, Illinois at St. Mary’s Church. Patricia was an active parishioner there for more than 50 years before moving to Moultrie, Georgia. A mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, and the Reverend Robert (Father Bob) Porter celebrating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, Illinois. Family will receive friends at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville on Friday evening, September 14 from 4-7 p.m.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with their Taylorville arrangements. Please sign their online guestbook at

Services for Patricia Ganey were held Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Taylorville, Illinois.  Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, Ill. Father Robert Porter officiated the service. Casket bearers were: John Kennedy, Michael Ganey, Peter Schaad, Luke Maurer, Matt Creech and Nate Creech. Honorary bearers were  Camille Ganey, Hannah Maurer and Samantha Sordyl.

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