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Patricia A. Holliday, 71, of Rock Island, IL, passed away Friday November 11, 2022 in Rock Island.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Davenport, IA. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, East Moline, IL. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 18, at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline, where a Rosary will be recited at 3:00 p.m.
Pat was born July 30, 1951, in Moline, IL, daughter of Charles and Agnes (Baele) Soseman. She was raised on Campbell’s Island and was active in girl scouts, marching band, and community service. As the oldest of eight children, she played an active role in raising her younger siblings and was Godmother to her youngest brother, Richard. Growing up on the island, she built endless memories with her siblings, especially exploring the Mississippi River in the canoe that she bought for them. Her favorite childhood memory was the family road trip out West, where they camped and explored the country’s national parks.
Pat graduated from Alleman High School and received her Associate’s degree from Black Hawk College. She most enjoyed her studies in Art and became fluent in Spanish. She later married Curley F. Holliday of Monroe City, MO. Pat and Curley were blessed with three children, Aimee, Alyssia, and Charles.
She worked for Tri-City Grocery through high school and college, and later worked for Desaulniers and John Deere before retiring from Sears Manufacturing.
Pat was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, where she grew her family’s faith and enjoyed volunteering. She served as crossing-guard for children walking to religious education and during the holiday season she enjoyed delivering food baskets and singing Christmas Carols for the elderly.
Her life’s greatest calling was in nurturing the lives of children, including her own children, the many children of the Soseman and Holliday families, and the children of her community. She enjoyed taking them swimming, canoeing, hiking, and to dances, theme parks, and community events. Many who knew Pat remember her fondly for the childhood experiences they enjoyed under her care.
Pat was an avid reader who loved mystery novels and could often be found at the library picking up new books. She loved swimming and served as an instructor in water aerobics at the Rock Island Fitness Center. She also enjoyed gardening and was proud of her roses and peonies. Having grown up on the river, the Mississippi continued to play a role in her adult life. She loved going boating, was known to explore the river for hours on Jet-Ski, and, in her later years, would go to the river to watch the sunset over the water.
Pat’s children remember her for the values she instilled in them, the countless adventures they shared, and the tireless devotion and sacrifices she made for them. She never missed their sporting events and she supported them fully in all of their endeavors. Sunday’s at grandmas house were a staple, watching movies, playing games, and preparing many great meals. As a family they went to the pool at least twice a week, were members at the family museum, and enjoyed many road trips and vacations. Pat was extremely proud of the academic, athletic, and career achievements of her three children, all of whom are accomplished college graduates.
More recently, Pat enjoyed spending time with her three grandchildren. She loved visiting Elliott in Minnesota and had excitedly renewed the traditions of Sundays at grandma’s and going to the family museum with Camille and Michelle.
Pat was deeply admired by her family and community, and will be remembered for her pure spirit, caring demeanor, devotion to service, and contagious laughter.
Surviving are her daughters, Aimee Bland, and her husband Dedric, and Alyssia Holliday, all of Rock Island; son, Charles Holliday, and his wife Audrey, Rochester, MN; grandchildren, Camille Bland, Michelle Bland and Elliott Holliday; siblings, Judy Duncan, Connie Owens, Kathy Riddell, Gary Soseman and Cheryl McKittrick; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and additional family.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Thomas, George, and Monsignor Richard Soseman.
Online condolences may be expressed at vanhoe.com