Patricia Ann Saffel, 89

Pat passed away on April 24, 2019. She was born to John and Hallie Fox in Wessington Springs, South Dakota on October 17, 1930 and was the youngest of six children. She graduated from Coleman High School and attended Loretta Heights Catholic College for Girls in Denver, Colorado for two years after high school.

Pat worked for the State of South Dakota for over 24 years, the majority of those years as a secretary with the Attorney Generals Office. She enjoyed spending time in her yard, tending to her flower beds and vegetable garden. Every August, Pat and her daughters spent many long hot hours canning tomatoes. She also enjoyed baking and her sugar cookies and apple pies were her specialty. Her house was the family hub for all the holiday celebration. The whole family chipped in and did all the cooking and the dishes under her supervision. She took immense pride in a clean home and all of her children remember the endless vacuuming.

The majority of her life was spent in Pierre. In one of her diary entries she wrote “Why would anyone want to live where the wind doesn’t blow?” She was known for her sense of humor and wit, which she maintained until the very end.

Patricia married Thomas A Saffel on May 24, 1952 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota. They were married for 56 years and had five children, three daughters and two sons. Beth (Michael) Pitlick of Pierre; Michael (Joyce) Saffel of Ft. Collins, CO; Susan (Tracy) Saffel-Shrier of Salt Lake City, UT; Barbara Saffel of Salt Lake City, UT; and Patrick (Kara) Saffel of Missoula, MT; ten grand children, and twelve great-grandchildren. She is survived by one older brother, Jim Fox and her five children.

Besides the family, many people helped mom as her dementia progressed. We would like to especially thank Tania Hinesh, her daughter, Robin, and the staff in the memory care unit.

The family will gather at the St. Peter and Paul Catholic church’s daily mass at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 27th in Pierre, South Dakota. On June 28th, Interment will be held at 1:30 pm at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota, where she will be laid to rest with her husband Tom.

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