Mary Virginia “Gid” (Gosser) Patrick, 92, of Sandusky, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, 2010, in Metropolitan Hospice in Marietta, Ga.
Known best as Virginia, she was born Oct. 26, 1917, in Sandusky. Third of four children, she is the daughter of H.W. “Harry” Gosser and his wife Mary Catherine “Mayme” Oswald, daughter of Aloysius Oswald and Louisa Friedman of Sandusky. Virginia’s great-grandfather, Martin Gosser, was among a group of Bavarian and Alsatian Catholics who raised funds to help build Sts. Peter & Paul Church in 1866.
Virginia and her siblings grew up at 923 Decatur St., which is now the site of the new Providence Hospital complex. Her older brothers were LaMont E. and Arvin C. Gosser; her younger sister Harryett was born with a heart defect and died young.
Virginia attended Sts. Peter & Paul elementary school, and Sandusky High School, where she was student council secretary. She spent summers at her family’s cottage on Rye Beach, where she also learned to drive around age 14 in her brother Arvin’s car. She attended Sandusky Business School and became the administrative assistant for the manager of Ohio Public Service. One of the OPS salesman was Russel Walter “Pat” Patrick, son of Walter and Edna (Humphrey) Patrick of Bellevue. Virginia and Russ married at Sts. Peter & Paul Church on Dec. 31, 1941, shortly before he enlisted in the Army Air Force for service in World War II.
After the war, Russ and Virginia built a home at 223 50th St. in Sandusky. She helped operate several of the family businesses and worked for Welcome Wagon in the late 1950s, as well as doing volunteer work for the Providence Hospital. In the early 1970s, she and Russ made significant improvements to their cottage on LaSalle Island in Michigan’s Les Cheneaux Islands, where they spent summers until his death in 2007. Virginia then moved into an apartment at The Commons of Providence in Sandusky. She later moved to an assisted living center to be near her daughter Kathleen in Marietta, Ga.
Virginia and Russ are survived by the couple’s four children, Kathleen M. Patrick (David) Moore, now living near Atlanta, Thomas R. Patrick, now living in New York City, Nancy A. Patrick (Frank) Carney, now living in Minneapolis, Minn., and John R. Patrick, now living in Sandusky. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Monique Patrick, Steven Moore, Michael Carney, Thomas Carney, Jeffrey Moore, Zachary Patrick, Kaitlyn Patrick and Shandor Patrick; as well as three great-grandchildren, Lucas Moore, Elanor Moore and Lucy Carney.
The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. Saturday in the Gathering Space of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, until the memorial service at 10 a.m. in the church. The Rev. Marty Nassr will officiate. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.
While flowers are always welcome, the family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870 or to the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216-3549.
Arrangements were entrusted to David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.