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Patricia J. Horst, 85, of Rockford, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in her home. Born on December 14, 1932, in Rockford, the daughter of James and Dorothy Charlotte (Brown) Boyer. Graduate of Rockford West High School, Class of 1950. Attended Rockford College, studied at University of Chicago and continued her education throughout the years. Patricia married Bruce E. Horst on October 4, 1969, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rockford. He predeceased her on February 22, 2012 in Naples, Florida. She owned Kran Gift Shops for over 8 years where she taught arts and crafts, opened Clear Reflections in the Edgebrook Center, developed many patents, and also owned United Skilled Industry Tool & Die Co. and Mid-States Screw Corporation. Patricia had many hobbies that included painting, flower arrangement, developing new products, reading, walking and traveling. She served on many boards; Protestant Community Services, Literacy Council, Chairman of Emerson Dept., R.W.C, started 50 Men Who Cook and was past president of P.J. Maxwell Co., Inc, and longtime member of Woman's Club, Rockford Country Club and Moorings Country Club of Naples, FL.
Survived by her sons, Michael (Patricia) Kranish of Rockford and Mark Kranish of Durand; four grandchildren, Josh (Kelli), Shaun, Terran, and Kaelin; great-grandchildren, Elena, Olivia , and Jack; brothers, Ronald (Kathleen) Boyer and William Boyer of Arizona; four nephews; and one niece. Also predeceased by her daughter, Diane Kranish (2005); and twins daughters at birth in 1954.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave, Rockford. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018 in Fred C. Olson Chapel. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, 111 N 1st St, Rockford, IL 61107 or Rockford Christian Schools, 1401 N. Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107.

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  1. Alberta Williams

    To Pat's love ones. Please accept my sincere condolences. Even tho, I know of no words, to rid you of your pain during this most difficult time. May our prayers, strengthen us and our memories, comfort us. At Isaiah 25:8; 26:19 we look forward to seeing our love ones again as Almighty God Jehovah, lovingly promises.

  2. Jacqueline Bruneni Ryan

    From grade school on, Pat was always the prettiest girl in the class. And so full of life and excitement. Sincere condolences to her children.

  3. Jeff & Julee Bankes

    Another daughter on her way to heaven! We will miss you.

  4. tom siciliano

    Rest In Peace.🙏🙏

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