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Patricia Jane Griffiths “Pat” Prevetz died peacefully at home Mar. 2, 2018 with family by her side. She was a resident of Walnut Creek for 63 years. Pat was born in Marquette Michigan, Apr. 26, 1921, one of 10 children, she grew up in Hibbing, MN and graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Minneapolis in 1945 with a degree in Nursing. Her long career with Kaiser included a wide range of specialties including emergency care, head nurse of Pediatrics, and Advice nursing. After raising 7 kids, at age 58, Pat joined the Peace Corps and served in Liberia, Africa, providing health care and education for mothers and infants. Pat was a lifelong advocate for the welfare of women and children everywhere. She volunteered for many years at Leftovers Thrift Shop in Walnut Creek, whose proceeds supported the Contra Costa Crisis Hotline. As an active member of the Walnut Creek Masters Swim Team, she competed well into her 90s, setting National records and was on the podium at The Worlds in 2006. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, spending time with her family... and she loved ice cream!
Pat had an incredible ability to connect with people. She had boundless energy, kindness and was an inspiration to her family and everyone she met. Her spirit was contagious. She was adventurous, enjoyed the outdoors and never backed away from a challenge.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Frank, and son, Joseph. She is survived by sons Michael (Cynthia) Prevetz, and John Prevetz; daughters Patricia Eames (Steve), Mary Prevetz, Peggy Prevetz Cook (Gus) and Terry Prevetz-Carden (Phillip); twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Please join us for a celebration of Patricia’s life at Heather Farms Lakeside Room, Walnut Creek, May 13, 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Contra Costa Crisis Center in Pat’s honor.