Patricia Diane (Dufault) Askelson
Patricia Diane (Dufault) Askelson, 71, of Marion, died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW in Cedar Rapids, where there will be a 7 p.m. Celebration of Life service.
Patricia was born May 9, 1947, in Grand Forks, N.D., the daughter of William and Eva (Kordahl) Dufault. She attended Grand Forks and Egan schools and was an active cheerleader and elected the homecoming queen.
She graduated in 1965 in Egan, S.D. In 1966, Patricia married Dave Chamberlin in Worthington, Minn. To this union, one child was born, Darin. She continued her education at Stewart Hairstyling College in Sioux Falls, S.D. She then moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and worked at Oral B for 13 years. She married James Askelson who had two sons, Ron and Micha. To this union, they were blessed with a son, Jon. Together, they raised four boys, living in Iowa City, Iowa, Circleville, Ohio, Bowling Green, Ohio, Kalamazoo, Mich., Lexington, Ky., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She worked as a receptionist for medical facilities and doctors' offices, including her favorite job with MercyCare Systems in Cedar Rapids.
Pat and her friend, Joyce (who was like a sister), enjoyed their retirement. Together, they participated in many things, such as traveling, hanging out, watching the Irish Tenors, attending monthly birthday club dinners and many other adventures.
Patricia is survived by her sons, Darin Chamberlin of Cedar Rapids and his children, Cody and Eve; Ron (Tami) Askelson of Auburn, Ala., and their children, James, Peyton and Brennan; Micha (Karen) Askelson of Indianapolis and their children, Josh, Henry and Cooper; and Jon (Shannon) Askelson of Zionsville, Ind., and their children, Kaleb and Charlie. She also is survived by one brother, Dennis (Tonya) Dufault of Sioux City and their daughter, Danielle. For many years, Pat and Jim also helped raise their niece and nephew, Amy (Askelson) Parks of Madison County, Ky., and Matt Askelson of Parchment, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Eva Dufault; brother, Jon Dufault; nephew, Chad Dufault; and Buffy, her beloved shih tzu and the only girl around a house of all boys.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.