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McGowan, Patricia Ann

Patricia Ann McGowan
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Patricia Ann McGowan, beloved wife and loving mother (“She never stopped giving”), died July 20, 2007 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nev., at age 66.

Born in Duluth, Minn., on May 31, 1941, the daughter of William and Lorrayne Thompson. When Patti was approximately 1 year old, she and her parents moved to San Jose, Calif., where her father became a conductor on the Southern Pacific Daylite Railroad. Patti graduated from James Lick High School in San Jose and attended San Jose State University, where she met her future husband, Bob Van Beek (now deceased). Patti and Bob had three children: Jeff, Julie and Jill.

In 1982, she met and eventually married Jerry McGowan, her husband of 24 years. They lived near Watsonville, Calif., until 1993 when they moved to Truckee, Calif. Patti and Jerry attended Calvary Chapel of Truckee where they were both active. Patti was a devout Christian.

Patti is survived by her husband, Jerry; her three children: Jeff Van Beek of Madison, Wis., Julie Kerr of Shirley, Ill. (husband Alan), Jill Cho of Millbrae, Calif. (husband Sung); her sister, Judith Reilley, of San Jose, Calif.; her niece, Kimberly Reilley, of Daly City, Calif.; and her nephew, Matthew Reilley, of San Jose, Calif. Patti was the special niece of Robert Solem of Sonora, Calif. She is also survived by grandchildren Robert and William Van Beek; Megan, Lauren, Ryan and Katie Kerr; Amanda Clowser; and Christine and Audrey Cho.

A memorial service celebrating Patricia’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2007, at Sierra Bible Church, 11460 Brockway Road in Truckee, Calif. Burial will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 30, at Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los Gatos Almaden Road, San Jose, Calif.