Patricia “Patty” Larkin


Patricia (Patty) Ann Larkin, of Rochester, MN passed away Sunday, May 5th, 2024, at Arbor Garden Place – Memory Care.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 17th at 11:00am with visitation at 10:00am.  Services Officiated by Fr. Jim Starasinich, at St. Pius Catholic Church, Rochester, MN.

Patricia was born April 3rd, 1936, in Albert Lea, MN to Lucille and Charles Greengo. She graduated from High School in 1954. Patty met her husband while working at Dunn and Bradstreet and were married August 31, 1957, at St. Matthews Catholic Church in St. Paul, MN.  She was a homemaker and volunteer at her children’s school (Groveland Elementary) while living in St. Paul, MN. In 1975 they moved to Rochester Minnesota where her husband took a job transfer with John Morrell Meats.

Patty developed a passion for learning about various churches all over the country and put a small ad in a country magazine asking for information on churches that were one hundred years or older.  As a result, she was inundated with information and beautiful mementoes from churches all over the country. The Post Bulletin nicknamed her “The Church Lady” where they drew attention to her story and showed her cataloging the hundreds of pieces of mail she had received. She enjoyed time working at Kids Come First as “Grandma” to the numerous children who passed through their doors. Patty was well known for her contagious Laughter, (mostly at herself) endless Kindness, Wit, Sassiness and always enjoying a good Hug.

She is survived by, two daughters Theresa “Dave” Pecha of Eden Prairie, MN, Kelly Johnson “Dennis” of Rochester MN. Grandchildren, Aaron “Lizabe” Pecha of St. Paul, MN, Brooke “Jeff” Larson of Rochester, MN, great grandchildren McKenzi and Noah, one on the way, and many treasured family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Patrick of 65 years, her parents Lucille and Charles (Chuck) Greengo, Son Timothy Larkin, Granddaughter Valerie Pecha, sister Kathleen Greengo, and brother Roger Greengo.

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3 thoughts on “Patricia “Patty” Larkin

  1. Wonderful person. Kids Come 1st was very lucky to have Grandma Pat. The children, parents, and the staff loved her. Both Grandma Pat and Grandpa Pat always had a smile for me. Kibby owner of Kids Come 1st

  2. Thank you Kibby and Staff of Kids Come First. Pat and Patty certainly considered you and all the kids “family”. Dad would often comment on Sunday’s that he could not wait to go see the kids on Monday.

  3. I’m sorry To be reading this obit.after the service.
    Pat and Patty were like parents to me when my mother passed away shortly after moving to Rochester. Kelly and I were both newbies at JM and became quick friends. I spent many a days and nights at there home. It was always full of laughter and joy.
    My sympathies to Kelly and Terri.

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