Patricia Stagen

Patricia Stagen

MORTON – Patricia R. Stagen, 77, of Morton passed away on Monday (Feb. 6, 2017) at Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka.

She was born on Aug. 22, 1939, in Bloomington, the only child of Raymond and Mildred (Winkleman) Hunkler. She married Larry Stagen on Nov. 4, 1967, in Peoria. He preceded her in death in 2015.

Patricia graduated from East Peoria Community High School in 1957. She earned a Bachelor's of Science in education from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts in education from Bradley University.

Patricia was a third-grade teacher at C.B. Smith Primary School in Pekin for 32 years, retiring in 1993.

She and her husband enjoyed spending the winters together in the Naples, Fla., area for many years. They faithfully supported many local charities and had a passion for helping those in need. They continue to sponsor four perpetual Hunkler-Stagen Teaching Scholarships established in 2008 for future teachers.

Patricia enjoyed working outside in her flowers, sharing her cooking and baked goods, and making shell flowers.

Patricia was of the Protestant faith.

In compliance with her wishes, there will not be any services. Entombment will be in the Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the The Dream Factory of Central Illinois, P.O. Box 1167, Peoria, IL 61653, or to the charity of the donor's choice. As said by Patricia, "If you've been blessed, pay it forward."

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.

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