Obituary for Patricia Allen
Patricia (Pat) Reedy Allen July 1st, 1943-October 21st, 2019 Pat Reedy Allen was born in Mankato, MN to Winnifred (Timmons) and John Reedy. She was the oldest of five siblings, and she loved them with all her heart. Pat was close to all of her family and spent time traveling and nurturing relationships with family near and far. Pat married David Allen on June 10th,1967. She taught at her high school alma mater Good Council for several years before they moved to St. Paul. She loved the city but she and David wanted to raise her children in a small […]
Patricia (Pat) Reedy Allen
July 1st, 1943-October 21st, 2019
Pat Reedy Allen was born in Mankato, MN to Winnifred (Timmons) and John Reedy. She was the oldest of five siblings, and she loved them with all her heart. Pat was close to all of her family and spent time traveling and nurturing relationships with family near and far.
Pat married David Allen on June 10th,1967. She taught at her high school alma mater Good Council for several years before they moved to St. Paul. She loved the city but she and David wanted to raise her children in a small town and they moved to Northfield in 1976. Together they had three children and Pat felt fortunate to raise her children full-time while they were young. Sean, Megan, and Bridget were her proudest and most important achievement.
She thrived in Northfield, becoming involved in many causes over 43 years. She started many task forces and commissions when she found there was a need. Her activities included: League of Women Voters, Chair of the Planning Commission, School Board, State of Minnesota School Board, and the Northfield Garden Club. She worked together with others in the community to start the following groups: Save the Northfield Depot, Beautify Northfield Coalition, Northfield in Bloom, Mayors Task Force on Youth, Mayors Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol, Age-Friendly Task Force, Energy Friends, and many, many others. She was most proud of her recent work to save the historic Depot in Northfield and to design and implement a new Pollinator Garden with the Garden Club in Riverside Park.
After Pat received her Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Mankato State University, she worked for a time in city planning as a consultant. She became an Associate Professor in Sociology and worked at the University of Minnesota Waseca campus until that campus closed. Always a teacher, she started a company called Learning Innovations, Inc, where she helped adults in companies learn their individual learning style and then understand how to fit into teams. Pat was always most interested in finding out what made each person unique and what their strengths were. She would encourage and teach them how to use these skills to their advantage. She really did think that people could do anything they set their minds to.
Pat and David got the travel bug after visiting Ireland for their 25th Wedding Anniversary. They would go on to visit 33 countries and all 50 States at least once. Pat was very proud to be of Irish Ancestry and even revisited Ireland to celebrate her and David’s 50th Wedding Anniversary. But this time, it was a whole family affair as they were joined by their children and their spouses.
She and David didn’t have to travel far for adventure as they took countless number of road trips and fall leaf trips and trips to find the best place to watch the sunset. She was a night owl, so she had little interest in sunrises. It was all about the sunsets for Pat.
She came to love gardening later in her life and went into it with all she had. She loved the color and vigor of blooms of annuals and the steady strength and dependability of perennials. Each of the areas in her garden tells a story, and she loved to give people tours. She couldn’t have done it without David’s handy skills, and she took full advantage of the power of lots of fertilizer.
What her children and husband will remember about Pat is her affinity to celebrate every single holiday, even when they were well into adulthood. She had special plates and traditions for each holiday, and there were always presents. In addition, she would encourage her children to come on Sunday evenings for dinner together, where she would ask a million questions about what they were up to and encourage them to do what they thought was the best course of action, with suggestions, of course. She would often tell them to “Learn to love the questions.” And boy, did she love to ask questions. Her curiosity about life and deep love of her family and friends lead her to have a full and adventurous life.
Pat passed away at Mayo Clinic Hospitals–St. Mary Campus in Rochester, MN. She was incredibly proud of her work as an organizational development consultant with the Mayo Clinic IT teams and in several other departments for 15 years. She never let a Doctor visit go by without reminding the Doctor that they needed to have a team approach. When she developed complicated health issues, she felt confident in her care at Mayo.
In the end, she got to spend time with her husband and each of her children to say goodbye and to give each of them great suggestions about what they should do next and how they might live without her. If it were up to her big, loving heart, she’d still be with us. Her darn lungs, however, had a different idea.
Pat is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, David F. Allen; two daughters Bridget (Aaron) Reuvers of Northfield, Megan (Kent) Tsui of Red Wing; a son Sean of Northfield; special friend Matthew Dietrich; her siblings John (Jacqueline) Reedy of Naples, FL; Michael Reedy of Rice; Kathleen James of Edina; Maureen (Steve) Scholl of St. Peter and countless extended family members and friends.
Pat’s life will be celebrated with an Irish Wake at the Grand Event Center, 316 Washington Street, on November 2nd, 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm. She loved the idea of all her friends and family celebrating and laughing while remembering her.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating for a bench to be placed in the sculpture garden at the Northfield Depot. Please mail donations to Save the Northfield Depot, PO Box 486, Northfield, MN 55057. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home and Crematory. Biermanfuneralhome.com