Patricia A. Wirick

May 31, 1938 ‒ August 16, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON:  Pat Wirick’s life offered a sanctuary of beauty in an otherwise unlovely world. With an artist’s ability to transform light and color, form and texture, mass and line, she dipped her brush into paint and allowed others to feel what she saw. Pat’s world was one of loveliness and creativity – where neither could run out – the more she used, the more she had.

Pat passed away Sunday, August 16, 2020 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. She was 82 (though she wouldn’t have you believe she was a day over 50!)

Born Patricia A. Kirshman on May 31, 1938 in Kalamazoo, MI to Leroy H. and Glenna C. (Sebring) Kirshman, she was graduated from Central High School (Kalamazoo).  In the 1960s she worked as a colorist for five professional photographers – a talent all but forgotten in the digital age – and knew her way around a photo re-touching machine.  In 1969 she earned Michigan Colorist of the Year for her work in the medium.

It was later that year she moved to Lexington.

A gifted painter, Pat was represented by Watercolors of Columbus, which became a gateway to many corporate and municipal commissions, including the lobby of the Sprint headquarters in Mansfield. She restored public murals in Kenton and created murals at Columbus Children’s Hospital. Her lifetime of artistic work included illustrating three medical books, as well as personal works and those donated to charity and gifts. Her art was an extension of her beautiful creativity.

For the past 40 years, Pat worked as the office manager at Lakewood Racquet Club in Lexington. An accomplished tennis player – she played world team tennis, and won the Mansfield News Journal Tournament – she loved the sport and cherished her dear friend and work associate Ron Schaub.

Pat will be remembered as a lovely woman – a beautiful woman – with an outgoing personality, dedicated to creating beauty, and dedicated to her husband Gene.

She is survived by her children Katherine (David) Kurtz of New Washington, Karl (Lori) Kent of Lancaster, and Kara Calendine of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren Brian (Meghan) Bacin, Alex Kurtz, Kyle (Natalie) Kent, Kelly (Ben) Kyser, Kip (Tina) Calendine, Quinn, Zane and Gage Calendine; five great grandchildren; brothers Bill (Corrie) Kirshman of Kalamazoo, MI, and Bob (Jackie) Kirshman of Augusta,MI; a sister-in-law Debbie Kirshman of Detroit, MI, step children Richard (Deborah) Wirick of Santa Monica, CA, Jane (Paul) Drake of Richardson, TX, and Jennifer Breitinger of Minneapolis, MN; step grandchildren Evan, Maya, and Amelia Wirick, Taylor, Ellen (Luis Guzman), and Madeline Drake, and Eva Breitinger, a step great-granddaughter, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of dear and cherished friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years Gene A. Wirick on January 14, 2020. Also deceased are her son-in-law Steve Calendine; brothers Ronald (Rae) Kirshman, and John Kirshman and a sister Sally Jo Yanko.

The Wirick family will receive friends Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Face coverings are expected, and reduced occupancy in the funeral home may increase wait times. Her funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home.  Celebrant Jerry Wilson will lead the service. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to Richland County Humane Society may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Pat’s family. Share a memory or message of support with them – and watch Pat’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

 

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  • My deepest sympathies to Pat’s entire family in her passing. My friendship with Pat and her late husband Gene spawned through many years of enjoying tennis together at Lakewood Tennis Club. I will missed them both.
    May they Rest In Peace.
    With Respect,
    Terry Carbetta

  • Pat will be missed so much by our Lakewood family.
    I’ve known her for over 30 years and would marvel at her talent, beauty, energy and love of life, and know how much she missed the love of her life who passed in Jan 2020. I will miss our weekly “ chats”.
    Love & Prayers, Deb Jones

  • I remember Pat from when I first started playing at Lakewood Racquet Club in 1982. I was 15 at the time. She seemed kind of intimidating back then. Pat definitely ran the club.

    Pat was almost as much of a fixture at Lakewood as Ron Schaub. She was a great lady. I appreciated getting to know her through the years. Hopefully, she and Gene are back together.

    Mark Caudill

  • Pat and I worked together, so many years ago (1975-76), for Dr’s. Shamess, Auchard and Gibson. We became such good friends during that time and kept in touch for several years afterwards. Then time and life gets in the way and we lost touch. She was such a beautiful and talented lady. I will remember her fondly as my friend forever. RIP Pat.

  • Kathy and Dave, Karl and Lori, and Kara,

    Your mom was amazing. She called herself the “wicked stepmother” – but she was so vastly far from wicked. Pat was kind, talented, and very good for my dad. We always felt welcome and included when home in Ohio. She seemed to bridge the gap between my dad and me, and I appreciated this.

    She made incredible dishes and beautiful paintings. Her artistic talent was obvious in everything she touched – from her melon boats to her gorgeously wrapped Christmas gifts.

    Pat was good to talk to, dispensing wisdom without being preachy. She accepted us for the individuals we were and loved us as extensions of my dad. I will never forget her.

  • I have just learned of the passing of these two great people. I remember when Jerry hired Pat to be the office manager in the 7os at LRC. She was a natural. I have many fond memories of her competitive spirit and beautiful smile. I will miss the fact that she is no longer in our world. Our condolences to both Pat and Gene’s family. Dee Lorentz, Cindy and Karl.