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Irene "Patricia" Raison, 71, of Anderson, died April 1, 2017, at Community Heart Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was born Oct. 21, 1945, in Anderson to Robert J. and Eileen "Pat" (Burton) Burkert. Pat retired in 2015 after more than 20 years in accounting for Bridgestone-Firestone Corp.
A 1963 graduate of Wendell L. Willkie High School, she earned her associate's degree in business. Pat married Larry L. Raison on April 20, 1969. She enjoyed vacationing in Florida, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, and a trip to Elvis' home, Graceland.
Pat liked bicycling, shopping, flea marketing, and was an avid reader. She attended concerts, her more memorable ones being the Monkees, and Toby Keith. Time spent with her family and special friends was her number one priority in life, and she will never be forgotten.
Pat's family includes her daughter, Amy (Doug) Avona of Greenwood; granddaughter, Emily Avona; two brothers, Robert Burkert, Jr. and wife Linda who was a special sister-in-law, and Jim Burkert; sister, Penny Groover; nieces, Mandy Ellis and Kara Martin; great-nieces and great-nephews, Michael, Whitney, Sydney, Dakota, Caleb, Garrett, and Olivia.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Cynthia Burkert; and great-nephew, Travis Gustin.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home in Elwood with the Rev. Bill Johnston officiating. Burial will be in Aroma Cemetery.
Visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Online condolences may be made at copherfeslermay.com.
Published on April 4, 2017
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