Patricia Sweetman

Born in Duluth, MN
Born on Sep 11, 1927
Departed on Nov 18, 2020

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Patricia Walker Sweetman, 93, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa died on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

She was born September 11, 1927 to the late Eldon and Iva (Shaffer) Surface in Duluth, Minnesota.  Her family later moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota and then to Omaha, Nebraska where she graduated high school and attended the University of Nebraska.  

Patricia later moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she married Harley “Mick” Walker on September 20, 1952; together they had three daughters.  He passed away in 1990.  Later, Patricia married George “Bud” Sweetman on June 7, 1997.  He passed away on September 23, 1999.

She enjoyed working as a media secretary for the Cedar Rapids Community School District from 1971-1991.  She was a longtime member of Westminiter Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, she then joined First Congregational United Church of Christ in 1991.  She enjoyed being in the choir and made many dear church friends.  Patricia volunteered at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids for over 15 years.  She was the first initiate into PEO Chapter LF in Cedar Rapids. 

She is survived by her three daughters, Marilee (Gary) Presuhn of Niceville, Florida, Wendy (John) Henecke of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kelly (Charles) Howard of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; six grandchildren, Amy (Scott) LeDuc, Matt Presuhn, Emily Wilson, Courtney Henecke, Austin (Beauty) Henecke, Sasha Howard; brother, Richard Surface. 

Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, spouses, and a sister, Doris Mae Bierhaus. 

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Oldorf Hospice House
in Hiawatha. 

Memorial contributions may be directed towards the family.