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YOUNGSTOWN – Prayers will be held Thursday at 9:15 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church for Patricia Ann Kester, 80, who passed away Friday at Omni Manor Nursing Home.

“Pat” was born March 22, 1933, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Paul G. and Eleanor M. Lavin Resch.

Pat attended St. Patrick School and graduated from Ursuline High School in 1951, where she was recognized by Bishop Emmett M. Walsh as Catholic Exponent Leader in 1951.

During her younger years, Pat was a cashier at the A&P Tea Co. on Market Street, where she made many lifelong friends. She later worked for Omni Manor Nursing Home in the Dietary Department, retiring in 2011, after 26 years of employment.

Pat loved to cook and took pride in all of her meals, especially her stuffed cabbage and Christmas cookies.

Pat was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Parish in Youngstown, where she was a member of the Altar Guild. When her children were younger, Pat taught cooking at St. Patrick grade school, helped with the Easter Candy Drive, did volunteer work for the St. Vincent DePaul Society and was one of the original founders of the Bereavement Committee at St. Patrick Church. Pat was also involved in her sons’ Cub Scout Pack 10 group and Boy Scout Troop 10 and the Campfire Girls.

During summer vacations, Pat loved her family’s daily jaunts to Palmyra Lake, their weekly visits to West Branch State Park and yearly vacations to Lakeside on Lake Erie in Sandusky.

Pat leaves her five children, James S. (Liza) Kester of San Bernardino, Calif., David C. (Doug Lovell) Kester of Upper Arlington, Patricia A. (Patrick) J. Canavan of Boardman, Karen L. (Brad) Fitzgerald of North Lima and Michelle C. (Bill Rankin) of Girard; two brothers, Paul A. (Patricia) Resch of Boardman and James B. Resch of Youngstown; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents and former husband, Fred S. Kester Jr., in January of 2010.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Patricia’s family would like to thank the staff at Omni Manor and Hospice of the Valley for their excellent care.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to with Hospice of the Valley or St. Patrick Church in her memory.

Guestbook Entries


“Patty and Famlies, So sorry for your loss. May God be with you in this time of sorrow. Thinking of you. Joanne”

 » Joanne Deemer on April 22, 2013

“Karen, Brad, Audra and Ashley. Praying your strength during this difficult time in the passing of your Mom and Grandmother. May God keep His loving arms around you and your entire family. Much love.”

 » Ev on April 22, 2013

“My family send their condolences and prayers. She was a lovely lady with an exceptionally lovely family. God bless one and all in your time of need. ”

 » Myrna Kester peachock on April 22, 2013

“Jim and I send our prayers and condolences to all of you, Pat's loved ones. Pat's was truly a life well lived. May she rest in peace.”

 » Mary Kay Newsome Knechtges and Jim Knechtges on April 22, 2013

“David, Just know our heart is heavy right now for you and your family on the passing of your lovely mom. Just know you all are in our prayers, mind and heart. We love you! God Bless Nancy, Ralph, Mandi, Phil and Beulah”

 » Nancy & Ralph Lovell on April 22, 2013

“Karen & Brad, So sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom certainly enjoyed her life and family and very active in her works to help others. And we too enjoy Lakeside, so much we moved out here! Cherish memories of her and may she rest in peace. God Bless her and your family.”

 » Bob & Joan Mishlan on April 22, 2013


“Patty and Famlies, So sorry for your loss. May God be with you in this time of sorrow. Thinking of you. Joanne”

 » Joanne Deemer on April 22, 2013

“"David, Ron and I are so sorry for your loss, you and Doug are in our thoughts and prayers. Wish we could be there to give you a hug,just know we will be there in spirit.We love you both and miss you. Ron & Cheryl Tedder”

 » Ron & Cheryl Tedder on April 22, 2013

“Jim - I am so sorry on the loss of your mother. May God bless you and your family at this very difficult time.”

 » Mrs. Susan (Colucci) Centorame on April 22, 2013

“David, Sending my sympathy to you in the loss of your mother. From her picture and things said about her here, it is clear she was beautiful inside and out. Sending prayers for you and Doug. God Bless you both.”

 » Linda McReynolds on April 22, 2013

“Michelle: My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your entire family at this very difficult time in your lives. Cherish all of the wonderful memories and may God Bless You. ”

 » Kathy McFalls  on April 22, 2013

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