Obituaries

Patricia Van Horn – 5/8/2020

May 9th, 2020

Patricia (née: Crielly) Van Horn passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, May 8, 2020. Patricia was born and raised and lived for 83 years in Chichester, Pennsylvania. She was a 1954 graduate of Notre Dame High School for Girls in Moylan, PA. While Pat’s primary career was raising her 8 children she also worked as an administrative assistant for the Helen Keller National Center and later at the Media Courthouse.

As a grandmother of 11, G-mom was never happier than when she was watching her grandchildren compete and perform. From football, basketball, baseball, softball and lacrosse to volleyball, soccer, field hockey, horseshoes, swimming and theater, she rarely missed an opportunity to be there to support her grandkids. Pat Van Horn was a founding member of St. John Fisher Parish and was active at Holy Saviour School where all 8 of her children attended.

Patricia was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Donald (Ducky) Van Horn, her parents Henry and Helen Crielly, her sister Helen (Romanoli) Davis and her son-in-law Andrew Welsh. Mrs. Van Horn is survived by her sister Maryann Janney (Richard), her daughters Karen McFadden (Rick), Donna Welsh, her sons Stephen (Clare), Paul (Lisa), Brian (Glenis), Dennis (Donna Elison), Michael (Marion), and Patrick (Michelle).

She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren, Don, Christopher, Monica, Sean, Ryan, Shane, Nicholas, Richard, Laura, Andrew and Maddie and her 3 great grandchildren Wolfgang, Phoenix and Odin.

Due to the current precautions to quell the spread of COVID-19, funeral services will be private. In honor of Patricia Van Horn, donations are being accepted by Covenant House, 5 Penn Plaza, NY, NY 10001, or Martha’s Marketplace Food Pantry at Catholic Social Services, 130 E. 7th St. Chester, PA 19013. Also the American Red Cross will be sponsoring a blood drive (by appointment) at St. Cornelius Parish in Chadds Ford on Thursday, May 28, from 2-8 pm.

23 thoughts on “Patricia Van Horn – 5/8/2020

  • By Tara Thomson on

    Sorry for your loss love Tara hamilton Thomson and Nora Armstrong your old neighbors …

  • By Eleanor Heavens Short on

    Our Condolences to your family. Your mother and father were wonderful people. The Heavens Family

  • By Jeanmarie Armand Broomall on

    My sincere condolences to the entire VanHorn family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • By Tom Shields on

    Paul, Michael, Patrick and the rest of the Van Horn family, my sincere condolences.
    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory, no one can steal”

  • By Lisa hallman on

    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you.😞🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💔

  • By Kay (Shields) McFadden on

    To All of the Van Horn Family:
    My sincerest condolences on the death of Pat. She and I were in Notre Dame at the same time. I was a year ahead of her but we were cheerleaders together and worked at St Francis Health in later years and became good friends then. Pat was a such a sweet person & so proud of her family. Also I grew up in Eddystone and went to school with Donald (Ducky),me 1 year ahead and knew all of the VanHorns. All great families!
    My prayers and thoughts for Pat and all of you,
    Kay

  • By Lou Robinson on

    Offering our deepest sympathies and condolences. May the precious memories of happier times give you peace and comfort during this time of sadness and transition. Peace be with you 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • By Barb Prescott on

    Karen, Steve, Donna, Paul, Brian, Michael, Dennis and Patrick;
    I’m so very sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. I cannot recall my younger years when she and all of you were not a part of the awesome memories. I’ve told countless stories in my later years of how much fun I had with the Van Horns and what a great woman Mrs. Van Horn always was! From our days at Holy Saviour, Chi Crusaders and Chester Jr ABA! From carting me around from practice to practice and game to game in her big ole white station wagon to being our biggest sideline cheerleader! I loved that she’d always let Donna and I in the rear-facing third seat! LOL 👍🏼 Eight children and she never once told me to go home?! I can remember thinking even at that age as she was making dinner, “How does she do it?!” Years later, I ran into her at BYC (of course she was at her grandson’s basketball game) and gave her the biggest hug ever and got to introduce my daughters to the “infamous Mrs. Van Horn”!
    I will always hold her dear to my heart. 💜 I watched her Service today. I’m sure that God embraced her into his loving arms and she is with your Dad again in Peace. My deepest condolences to you all! 💐💝 Barb (Belay) Prescott 😘

  • By Michael Macknis on

    Always a warm welcome ,
    A kind word ,
    A pleasant presence to be remembered.
    God Bless

  • By Marty Burman on

    Great lady. Great family.

  • By Linda McCarthy on

    So very sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to your family. ⚘

  • By Gerry Smith on

    Sincere condolences for the entire Van Horn Clan.

  • By Mary Jo Yannacone on

    I want to express our deepest condolences to the family of Pat. My mother and she were the best of friends for over 70 years and we will miss hearing how everyone in the family is doing from their phone conversations. Take care of each other ❤️

  • By Rachel Kushner on

    Karen, my heart aches as I read about the passing of your dear mother. I recall meeting her at one of Richard’s basketball games. She was enthusiastic and so proud of to watch him play. I know you will miss her. Sending you a lot of love!!

  • By Barb Emmel on

    Pat was such a sweet lady, and she raised an amazing family! She will be very much missed.

  • By Patricia Zecca on

    Dennis and family I am so sorry for your loss and during such an already difficult time of distancing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    God Bless your Mom in heaven.my mom extends her condolences as well.
    Trish Zecca and Dolores Lavelle

  • By Joe Gallagher on

    So sorry to hear about Pat’s passing. I first got to know her when I used to meet with Ducky at the house when we were both coaching at Cardinal O’Hara. My thoughts and prayers to the Van Horn family.

    Joe Gallagher

  • By Brooksie and Don Pruden on

    Our condolences go out to the entire family. We know Pat will be greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • By Missy Murray-Lansing on

    To all the VanHorns:
    So sorry for your loss. Mrs. “Horn” was a kind soul who would help anyone in need. She will be dearly missed. Love you!

  • By Kathy and Bub Konegan on

    Bub and I would like to express our heartfelt sorrow on the loss of your mom. We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to know her. No matter when you were in her company she would alway make you feel special. She will be missed!

  • By Lisa Sands on

    Dear Van Horn family, our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. She was so full of love and compassion, and made everyone feel like part of the family. With her strength, she built a family legacy built which you will always have to provide comfort to one another. All our love, Lisa and John Sands

  • By Eileen Tatum on

    Dear Van Horn Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. A quote I particularly like and I hope brings you some peace.
    “For Death, Now I know, is that first breath
    Which our souls draw when we enter
    Life, which is of all life center.”
    by Edwin Arnold
    Your mother will live on in your hearts. Blessings.
    Eileen

  • By Jackie Tercha on

    Van Horn family sorry for lose.

    Your neighbors

    Jackie & Ed

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