Patricia Landwehr Corr, “Patti,” passed away after a brave and valiant fight with ALS on Friday, January 29, 2021. Patti battled Bulbar-Onset ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease for the last two years, showing amazing bravery through all the stages of this terrible disease. Even in the midst of her battle, she continued to pour out her love for her family and community. She participated in research to help the medical community learn more about ALS, which is sorely needed. She was committed to doing her part to help find a cure and improve supports for individuals and families battling ALS.
Patti’s life and ALS journey was shared with many family and dedicated friends, particularly Anne and Tony Farrah and Karen and John Schmitz, whose constant love and support was a gift to Patti and family. Patti was predeceased by her late husband, Thomas Corr. She is survived by her sister Jodi and her husband Donald Heeringa, son Robert “R.P.” Hite and his wife Michelle Hite, son Tyler and his wife Jacqueline Hite, John and Jim Landwehr and family, and seven grandchildren: Abigail, Julia, Elise, Colton, Stella, Skylar, and Cynthia, as well as her beloved Yorkie, Kiki. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by the Suncoast Hospice. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the Suncoast Hospice at https://suncoasthospice.org/online-donations/ or the ALS Association at https://www.als.org/donate.
Patti was born on December 13, 1947 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Phyllis (Watkins) and Edgar Landwehr. She spent her early years in Holland, Michigan. She later moved to Greenwich, CT and attended Greenwich Academy and Rosemary Hall, where she later taught kindergarten. A diehard University of Southern California (USC) Trojans fan, she graduated magna cum laude from USC in 1970 with a degree in Education. While at USC, Patti enjoyed cheering on USC as a cheerleader/Song Girl and being a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.
Patti always had a spirit for adventure. She was a licensed USCG 100 ton Captain and pilot. Patti even lived aboard a 50’ sailboat for a few years, sailing along the eastern seaboard with former husband and childhood friend, Bob Hite. She and husband Tom Corr enjoyed many adventures, exploring throughout the Caribbean islands aboard their sailboat and traveling by air via their Piper Cherokee. Patti always enjoyed traveling, especially while on the water sailing, boating, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
Patti was extremely creative; a sewer, crafter and expert knitter. She often made fun and fanciful costumes for her children, grandchildren, and even her dogs! Patti worked for a time as an interior designer and her love of bright “happy” hues and coastal colors were reflected in her choice of clothing and decorating her home. She was extremely generous, funny, and even mischievous at times, to the delight of all who surrounded her. She was usually smiling and laughing, always finding humor in life's events. Even in her last months, she was texting her friends with humorous stories and pictures, and more concerned about those around her, rather than her own problems. She will always be a bright star in our hearts.
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