MUNSTER, IN - Patricia Yvonne Leach passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020 due to complications from a long illness. "Pat" spent her entire life in northwest Indiana, the last fifty years living in Munster. She attended Ball State Teacher's College, worked some years in the banking industry and before retirement, worked 18 years at the former LaSalle Steel in Hammond.
Pat, a passionate dog lover and advocate for animal rights, made a home for a total of seven rescued German Shepherds during her lifetime. Pat did not like to travel. She did not hike, bike, climb or seek adventure. Instead, she was an avid reader who loved board games. And in her later years, she faithfully followed her favorite television shows. But most important, Pat was a superior friend. She loved her friends and thought of them as her family, remaining close to many of them for decades.
Anyone whose life was touched by Pat will remember her remarkable memory and ever present sense of humor. Pat was very frugal and yet every bit as generous. She loved her home and her final wish was to pass in her home, and to "go directly" from her house to Heaven; not passing "GO or collecting $200".
Pat was preceded in death by her late husband, Charles (Jerry) Leach in 1992 and later, by her father, Paul W. Underwood of Oak Lawn, Illinois and her mother and step-father, Lola and Edward Wise of Gary. Pat is survived by her sister, Kay Jalain Skinner, now of Lake Forest, CA and her loving longtime friends, Jerry Lippert, Karyn and Nicolas D'Angelo, and Jeannie and Jim French, all of Munster, and also by Carol Uhlman of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Jere Preuss of Lake Forest, CA.
Honoring Pat's request, there will be no service due to Covid-19. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pat's name can be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Pat's loved ones are grateful for the care and sensitive handling of Pat's remains by the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home in Lansing. www.schroederlauer.com
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