Patricia Farmer Leahy, age 69, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on June 3rd, 2019

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Patricia Farmer Leahy passed away peacefully at her home on May 31, 2019.  A  loving wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her husband, Robert, their children Barrett (Kelly) Leahy and Susan (Don) Turner and grandchildren Carly Leahy, Kate Leahy, Grace Turner, Dillon Leahy, Caroline Turner, and Madeline Turner.  She is also survived by her sister Kathleen (Bob) Cieslak and many nieces and nephews.

A Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 5, from 4-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 6, with 9:30 AM Prayers at Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church for 10 AM Mass.  Interment private.

Born in Chicago on June 2, 1949 to Garrett and Edna (Nichols) Farmer, Patti immediately earned the nickname of “Buttons” that was taken up by friends and classmates at Saint Lukes School and Trinity High School in River Forest.  These childhood friendships remained strong throughout her life.

In her youth she enjoyed performing in ice skating competitions and fishing with her father while on family vacations in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Patti and Bob met at a school dance and later became high school sweethearts.  They were married in 1968.  Living in Oak Park, working and finishing college their family began to grow first with their son, Barry, and later daughter, Susan.

Patti received her teaching degree from Rosary College in 1976 and began her career in the social studies department of Immaculate Heart of Mary High School in Westchester.

In 1989 she joined the staff at Hinsdale South High School and soon became involved with the Model United Nations Program.  After expanding its scope she soon led the program to compete with high schools across the United States.

A former student enlisted Patti’s expertise in the creation of his organization that facilitates Model United Nations conferences.  His group honored Patti as the first recipient of the teacher dedication award which will be presented annually as the Patricia Leahy award.

Although Patti retired in 2013 she continued a very active lifestyle which included substitute teaching, golfing, traveling and time with family and friends.

Patti was diagnosed with brain cancer in November of 2017.  After an 18 month battle with the disease Patti passed away two days before her 70th birthday.  Many of her birthday cards were addressed, “My Dearest Buttons”.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Trinity High School or

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Florence ( Capraro ) Connelly says:

    Dear Family of Buttons,

    Please accept my sincerest condolences on your loss of this beautiful and vibrant woman. Patty was truly unique in her loveliness, kindness and generosity. She was always cheerful and so happy to see her friends….and she had that rare quality of making you feel you were the only one in her world when you were with her. I hope the many great times you shared and the many happy times you had with Patty will help sustain you always.

    I know she will be greatly missed by all of her Trinity family.
    With love, Florence

  2. Sharon (Sherry) Solner Sundland says:

    My sincere condolences to Buttons family. I remember her well when we were kids skating at Michael Kirby’s in River Forest and what a sweetheart her mom was. We had a lot of fun at Wagon Wheel skating camp one summer in Rockton.
    We lost touch through the years but seeing her picture here I can see the Buttons I knew so long ago and hear her laugh. The announcement of her passing in The Link prompted me to say I remembered her with fondness often through the years.

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