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Patricia A. (Nicholson) Durben

June 21, 1936 ~ December 8, 2021 (age 85)


Patricia A. Durben, 85, of Edwardsburg died at home on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

Patricia was born on June 21, 1936 to the late John and Corinne (Icks) Nicholson Sr.  She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, a sister, Sarah (Sally) Mohr and three brothers: John Nicholson Jr., Robert Nicholson and William Nicholson.

On October 27, 1962, Pat married Jack N. Durben in Elkhart.  Jack died on November 10, 2012.  Surviving is a daughter, Wendy (John) Kennedy; two sons: James Durben and Christopher (Catherine) Durben and four grandchildren: Nicholas Jellison, Peyton and Ryan Kennedy and Zachary Durben.

Pat graduated from Elkhart High School in 1954 and then from Valparaiso University in 1958.  She then took a position with The Elkhart Truth as a reporter for a year before moving to the South Bend Tribune where she also worked as a reporter from 1959 until 1964. 

She was a former member of the South Bend Press Club and the Edwardsburg Booster Club.  A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pat also served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Branch 460 Aid Association for Lutherans.  From 1989 until 2000, she was the group discussion leader for Life Light Bible Study at Trinity.  Pat also served as Elkhart’s Community Ambassador to Finland in 1960.

Visitation for Pat will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2021 from 2 pm until 5 pm at the Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home.  Friends may also call on Monday, December 20th from 9 am until the hour of the service at 10 am at Trinity Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Spencer Mielke and the Rev. Robert Schallhorn will officiate.  Entombment will be at the Chapel of Hope mausoleum in Rice Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Patricia may be made to Trinity Lutheran School 30888 C.R. 6 Elkhart, IN 46514.

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December 19, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home Inc.
403 W. Franklin Street
Elkhart, IN 46516

December 20, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
30888 CR 6
Elkhart, IN 46514

Funeral Service
December 20, 2021

10:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
30888 CR 6
Elkhart, IN 46514


Trinity Lutheran School
30888 County Road 6, Elkhart IN 46514

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