Mary Patricia Guertin

February 11, 1924 ‒ January 31, 2015

Galion, Ohio

M. Pat (McFarland) Guertin, 90, of Galion passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, January 31, 2015 at Magnolia Terrace in Galion with her daughters by her side.

She was born February 11, 1924 in Lima and was the daughter of Clarence and Gladies (McClane) Harley. Pat is preceded in death by her brother, Jack Harley; her sisters, Rosemary Heiby and Ruthie Harley.

On October 3, 1946 she married Mac McFarland and enjoyed 55 years together until his passing October 30, 2001. Together they raised their family, shared the joys and challenges of married life, and enjoyed an active social life with a circle of wonderful friends.

She was a 1942 graduate of Crestline High School and went to the Mansfield General School of Nursing. Pat also attended Ashland University and The Ohio State University from where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. During her working career, she was a nurse for PPG in Crestline, Dr. Malcolm Switzer and for many years was a nursing supervisor at Galion Community Hospital. The quote “She was always a nurse,” was a perfect description as she would help the nuns at St. Joseph Catholic Church and the many people she encountered wherever she lived. After her retirement from nursing in 1996, Pat worked at Flower Cart flower shop and volunteered with the TWIG at the Galion Hospital. Pat and Mac had a place in Bradenton Beach, Fla. and would spend their winters there for over 30 years.

In her later years, Pat’s life in Florida was enriched when she met and wed Eugene Guertin on June 19, 2010. He preceded her in death April 8, 2012. Their brief marriage brought joy and companionship to their lives.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion, Galion Women of the Moose, Chapter #177 and was very active with the Galion B.P.O. Elks Galion Lodge #1191, Emblem Club. Pat enjoyed playing cards, especially poker, socializing with friends on her patio in Florida, going out to dinner and golf. She was once the women’s champion at Valley View Golf Course.

Pat is survived by daughters Ann (Mike) Burke of Longmeadow, MA, and Jean (Mike)Bodkins of Galion; four grandchildren, Allison & Andrew Burke, Sarah ( Adam Hurt )Bodkins, and Hayley Bodkins; great-granddaughter Brodie Hurt; sister Norene Carr of Mansfield; brothers Thomas Harley of Crestline and Donald (Pat) Harley of Crestline; special niece Alinda Dickinson Wasner of Beverly Hills, MI; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins. She had many life time friends in Galion with whom she shared great fun and laughter. Over the years she made many friends in Florida including “The Golden Girls” at Sandpiper Resort. GOLDEN is a good word to describe her. The saying “Live your life the way you want to be remembered” is perfect way to remember Pat. She never left a room without making you smile or laugh.

In 1978, Pat made the decision to donate her body to The Ohio State University School of Medicine. She believed that her gift would be useful in the education of a new generation of medical professionals, and convinced others over the years to make the same gift.

Pat’s family would like to thank Magnolia Terrace for the gentle care that the nurses and staff provided over the last six months and especially Kevin Bryden, her amazing hospice nurse, who helped her on the final steps of her life’s journey.

A Memorial Mass will be held at noon on March 7, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion,135 North Liberty Street Galion. A Celebration of Life reception will follow at the Elks Club in Galion.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, HomeCare Matters & Hospice or the United Cerebral Palsy in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Pat Guertin, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I have all good memories of Pat. She was a big part of my childhood. She was a very kind and special person. I feel very blessed to have known her. Peace and love to the family…..

  • I knew Pat even before I began working at Galion Hospital. Mom loved her and talked about Pat so much, that I felt like I knew her. When I worked there, she was the most amazing combination of strength and compassion, leadership and team player, and kind to everyone. What a wonderful gift to have known and work with her. You, Jean, are so like her in so many ways. She will be missed by many, but God has received an amazing gift in her passing.
    Christy

  • I was so sorry to hear about Pat. She was my nurse when I was with Dr. Switzer for so many years. She was such a great, caring person. My prayers and thoughts are wih your family. She was a great lady and had such a wonderful life. God Bless her.

  • Pat and Mac were a big part of my parents lives for many years. Some of my best memories take place at their home. In later years Mom and Pat were together all the time. She was one of Mom’s best friends. Pat spent a lot of time out back by the pool with Mom. She always made us laugh. She will be missed greatly by many people. God has gained another great one for the pearly gates.

  • To Pat’s family may you always know what a wonderful Mother and Grandmother you had. It was my pleasure to have worked with her at Galion Hospital. Between 15 and 20 years ago. She was the most caring about the patients she worked for’ so much fun to work with and so caring about the people she worked with and surely a a most devoted . She used to tell the funniest stories about you , her daughters and we would laugh and giggle about those stories. Pat Riddlebarger said to tell you, her daughters that you may not remember her ..Pat was a nurse in ICU while Pat was supervisor, that she was so sorry to hear of her passing, but that she has so many good memories of your mother and sends her most sincere condolences to you. So many of us was not aware of Pats’ married name but eventually word got around that she was also our beloved Pat McFarland . Please accept our love for your Mother. God bless you all.Linda

  • Jean and Mike and family, We are so sorry to read about the death of your Mother.Know that we are praying for you and your family. May she rest in Peace.

  • Ann and Jean and families,
    Pat was a fun loving person who enjoyed life and all of its nuances.
    We will not be able to attend the services on Saturday; however, you will be in our hearts and prayers.
    Please accept our sympathies.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Ann and Jean,

    Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We will keep you, your families and your mom in our prayers. May His face shine upon her and give her His peace and mercy, through Christ our Lord.