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Patrecia Rose Ellinger

Patrecia Rose Ellinger, 73, of Portage passed away on March 20th, 2020. Patrecia was born on August 21, 1946, to Bill and Julia McCrorey in Kalamazoo, Michigan; the only daughter of four children. Growing up she attended St. Augustine Catholic High School in Kalamazoo. Soon after she married and had five children. Being married to a military man, Pat made a home for her family all across the Unites States in places like Key West Florida, Portsmouth and Norfolk Virginia, Long Beach and San Diego California and Mount Clemens Michigan before settling in the Kalamazoo/Portage area. It was in 1992 in Michigan where Pat met her soul mate in Jim Ellinger. Pat and Jim were married September 21, 2000 and were inseparable for nearly 30 years. She will be remembered for her generous heart and outspoken personality. She was always there for her family and friends supporting them emotionally and physically in times of joy or hardship. Pat will be dearly missed by: husband; Jim Ellinger; sons; John (Kelly) Donlin, Brett (Veronica) Ellinger, Brad Ellinger, daughters; Julie (Kathy) Young, Cindy Crawford, grand children; Shane Willette, Andrew Donlin, Connor Donlin, Tony Marquez, Joshua Cochran, Izabella Young, Timmy Young, Lacey Crawford, Cody Crawford, brothers; Phil McCrorey; Raymond (Margret) McCrorey; Terry Ellinger: Rodger (Judy) Ellinger along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding Pat in death are: her parents; Bill and Julia McCrorey, sons; Patrick Donlin, Michael Donlin, Joseph Donlin and brother; David McCrorey. Plans for a celebration of life gathering to be determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Patrecia Ellinger to: Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan 222 N Kalamazoo Mall #100 Kalamazoo, MI 49007 269.345.0273 800.304.0273 www.hospiceswmi.org

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By nature I was shy and when Joe , John and I started highschool I spent a LOT of time there. Mom .... Pat made the BEST spagetti and when I first tasted her magical dinner I had a habbit of being polite and just finishing what was served me but she saw that I loved her cooking. She asked then demanded that if I wwnted seconds to speak up and get my fill. She continued to tell me she wouldnt do my bidding anymore and it was my loss next time , that was the only time I can honestly say she lied to me :wink: ! Next time came around and I was shy and she said aww hell Goodrich get some more I know you want it , that was the last time that I was shy with her and that was the point I realized I had nothing to hide and Ive never been so at home with another family besides my own since then. Mom also made it clear I was to earn those blessings and help with dishes or any other duties the boys had around the house. She is truly one of the best and most phenominal people in my life. We were texting emojis and inspirational quotes untill the day before she passed ! I miss her and will remember so much of the inegrity she shared with so many of us who were a part of her life. I miss her and her instant quipped wisdom but am so blessed to have her in my heart and memories !!

Joe Goodrich Apr 10 2020 6:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Patrecia Ellinger

Joan Davis Apr 9 2020 11:40 AM

I am so sorry to hear this. Thinking about you all. Sonja

Sonja Donlin Apr 6 2020 8:02 PM

My grandma. Hard to think about her gone. Very sad. You really dont know how much someone means to you until theyre gone. Im gunna miss seeing her a lot. Even though it wasnt always frequent, shes consistently been in my life since I can remember. Youth birthdays, family holidays, gram and gramps summer camp!! I used to spend a lot of time over at their house when I was young. Introduced them both to friends and girlfriends. Ill always remember some relationship advise she game me. She told me, very simply, this one thing a cheetah never changes its spots. That spoke to me, and confirmed my suspicion that my grandma was a wizard. Very wise and observant even if she didnt lead on to it. I called her and grandpa not too long ago. All she wanted to talk about was me, I had to pry her for information about how she was! Such a considerate grandmother. Really had her priorities strait. Reminds me of my dad. Boy, Ill miss you grandma..

Andy Donlin Apr 2 2020 8:40 PM

My favorite Aunt.. when my mom and dad were going through their divorce and we lived with our day. I had her to rely on when I had problems that he couldn't help me with. She even set me up on a date with a guy on my 21st birthday. Even though it didnt work out,we are still friends. She always made sure that I wouldn't be left out. I know I get my brashness from her. And will always cherish the things I had learned from her. I'll deeply miss her so much but am glad she is looking down on me and will always let me know what's the right time for being brash. Love always!

Debi Markus-Mann Mar 31 2020 5:32 PM

Pat was my cousin, my sister in my heart & my best friend. Our birthdays were just a few months apart, but she always reminded me that I was the oldest!! Pat & I worked as cashiers long ago, if you knew Pat she always had her nails done. One time her nail broke & flew out the window & hit the customer in her chest & she brushed it off thinking it was a bug. Pat realized what happened & leaned way out the window (outside cashier booth) & pointed out her broken nail for the customer to pick up. I still snicker when I remember these memories & I have so many wonderful memories. We always helped each other thru rough times-cried- laughed!! I will miss her so much, but she's with her love ones (including my hubby, Charlie) & I know she's ok. Forever renembered--forever missed. Love, Fran

Fran Pollins Mar 31 2020 4:46 PM

When I was around 6 or so we lived in Long Beach California, I was allowed to walk to the park near our house to play as I did frequently. One day I went there and a grown up was in the park and told me to give him some money to which I ran home to ask my mom for money to give to the man at the park who had the cane with a spike on the end of it. She immediately took me back to the park and approached the group of men responsible for shaking down a 6 year old for money. She shouted, threatened and cursed at them for scaring her child to which they apologized. Turns out they were a local chapter of the crips gang. She could care less who they were just that they were messing with her kid and anything further they would have to go through her! Thanks for being a pit bull for me mom, just glad they didnt decide to take things to the next level!

John Donlin Mar 31 2020 2:55 PM