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COL Patricia A. Stemm, Army Nurse Corps, Retired, died Thursday June 25, 2009 after a long battle with lung cancer.
Patricia was born April 19, 1935 in Zanesville and was the daughter of the late Albert and Anna (Doty) Stemm.
Patricia graduated from Lash High School, Zanesville, OH in 1953 and in 1956 she graduated from Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville where she stayed on staff as a Registered Nurse. In 1964 both she and Mary Messesrschmidt joined the “Army Boot Strap” program where as 1LT they completed their BS degrees in Nursing at Western Reserve University. That began Pat’s Army nurse career in many locations in the US and around the world to include Brooke Army Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 106th General Hospital Japan, and teaching at the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, TX. In 1970-1971 Pat served in the Republic of Vietnam as Chief and Assistant Chief Nurse at three different locations. COL Stemm served as Chief Nurse at FT Knox, KY; FT Polk, LA; and culminated her career as Chief Nurse at FT Belvior, VA. Pat’s education included her Master of Science Degree in Hospital Administration from the Army Baylor Program with her residence at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, Denver, CO. She graduated from the Army Command & General Staff College at FT Leavenworth, KS.
COL Stemm’s awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star, The Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, The Army Commendation Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation Unit Campaign Medal with cluster, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal Unit citation (1st class), Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm, Army Service Ribbon. She was awarded the “A” prefix professional designator in Nursing Administration and the Order of Military Medical Merit by the Army Surgeon General.
After retirement Pat volunteered with Women Working Wonders, building Woman’s Habitat Houses, Bracken Volunteer Fire Dept. making potato pancakes and was an active pool volleyball team player. She was a member of American Legion Post 612 in Windcrest, TX and the Army Nurse Corps Association. Pat was a member of the Bracken United Methodist Church serving as a representative on the Randolph Area Christian Assistance Program Board (RACAP). She was also known as the “Candy Lady” at church giving members candy before the service.
Pat had two passions, Nursing and the Military and even while she was so sick, she tried to help everybody. One could learn a lot about Nursing, about being a soldier and about life from Pat just by watching and listening to her. Our Dear friend, sister, aunt, candy lady and our “make friends with everybody lady” will be missed by all.
Pat is survived by her sisters: Carolyn Stemm (Ronald) Anderson and Pamela Stemm (Dirk) Fulks; nephews: Chad (Shelly) Stemm and Andrew Fulks; niece, Melissa (Joe) Osborne; great-nephews: Caeleb, Gabriel, Benjamin, David, Elijah, Austin & Logan, all residing in Ohio; many supportive aunts, uncles and cousins. She is also survived by special friends COL Jessie Brewer of Garden Ridge, TX and COL Mary Messerschmidt of New Braunfels, TX and an additional group of dedicated friends.
Calling hours will be held from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM Thursday, July 2, 2009 at Bryan & Snider Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Avenue, Zanesville. Funeral services will be at 10AM Friday, July 3, 2009 at the funeral home with Rev. Tom Hayes officiating. Interment, with full military honors will follow at Zanesville Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Army Nurse Corps Association, The AMEDD Museum Foundation, Bracken United Methodist Church Connection Center, RACAP, Soldiers Angels, or the charity of choice. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.
To share memories and condolences with the Stemm family, visit Patricia’s memorial on-line registry at www.BryanSniderFuneralHome.com. Condolences from the site will be printed and become a part of the family’s guest registry.