Patricia Ann Retan

  • Born: March 3, 1941
  • Died: December 15, 2013
  • Location: Vassar, Michigan

Penzien Steele Funeral Home

149 N Main Street
Vassar, MI 48768

Tel. (989) 823-7031

Tribute & Message From The Family

Patricia Ann Retan, age 72 years, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013 at her home, following a brief illness. She was born in Oxford, Michigan on March 3, 1941 to the late Maurice and Lillian (Gottchalk) Rodgers. Patricia enjoyed working with ceramics, playing cards and bingo, as well as traveling and sight seeing.

On March 28, 1970, she married Gerald A. Retan and he survives her. She also leaves 5 children: Gerald (Michelle) Retan, Jr., David Chad (Amy) Retan, Karen Santa Cruz, Kim (Gary) Tucker and Nikki (Rick) Beauchamp, her grandchildren: Andrea Retan, Arin Retan, Ella Retan, Brooke Retan, Antoinette, Jessica, Crystal, Nikki, Anna, Amanda and Logan, her great-grandchild, Meadow, as well as her special nephew and nieces: Steve Cooke, Debbie Judd, Susan Richardson, and Mickey Stine, and her beloved pet cat, Sammy. She was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Rodgers and a sister, Eva Cooke.

Funeral service will be on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Lifeline Victory Center with Pastor Wally Reames officiating. Committal Service and burial will be in Lum Cemetery at 3 p.m. Friends may call at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home, 149 N. Main St., Vassar, on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 12 Noon until 4 p.m. and 6 until 9 p.m. She will lie in state at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions can be made to the family.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Pat our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. You were a special person we share a lot of laughs played a lot of cards and bingo. .we will hold you in our hearts rest in peace sweet lady.

Posted by ane and Gordon Hall - lake cit, MI - lond time friends   December 19, 2013

My heart grows heavy hearing of the loss of Pat. Although we had not seen each other in years, I cherish the memories of coffee, a smoke and hanging with the girls; Pat, Sandy, Jeanie, and whoever else stopped in. Pat was a great lady who had style and grace. I know she loved her children dearly and was always proud of them, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I lost my mother this year as well and understand full. I know she is in a wonderful place visiting with family and maybe having a cup of coffee with Sandy. Once again thoughts and prayers with you all. Veronica Albin (Roni)

Posted by Veronica Albin - Midland (was Caro), MI - an old friend   December 19, 2013

So sorry for misspelled name, Mrs. Retan.

Posted by Melanie Wheelock - Bartlesville, OK - friend of Jerry and Michelle   December 19, 2013

I did not know Mrs. Regan, but my husband and I minister with Jerry and Michelle. They are wonderful faith filled people, we love them very much. Our prayers go out to the entire family.

Posted by Melanie Wheelock - Bartlesville, OK - friend of Jerry and Michelle   December 19, 2013

Never met Mrs. Retan, but from her son I know she was a loving, giving, Christ following woman. Jerry, Michelle, and Arin have become such a great part of my wife's and my life through the Victorious Life Street Ministry. The Retan family, and so many others have been blessed by Jerry's mom. Continuing to pray for you all. Love you.

Posted by John Wheelock - Bartlesville, OK - Friend of son, Jerry   December 19, 2013


Oh Aunt Pat how I will miss you. . .. who will borrow my jeans anyway . . . .you were like my second Mom. You will forever hold a special place within my heart. Oh the fun memories I have of you and Mom talking for hours on the phone.

I know how much Mom loved you and that your special sisterhood doesn't happen every day. I don't know if I ever thanked you for that. Your example of love, your legacy of love will continue in all of us you have touched and loved and laughed with.

Even though you are the last sibling to dance in heaven I am most sure it is a glorious day. I am comforted knowing I too will join you someday.

You were the best Aunt anyone could ever have.


Posted by Michele (Mickey) Cooke - Harbor Springs, MI - Niece   December 18, 2013

To my mother in law you will be very missed by us all. I was just thinking today about all the fun times we have had together playing many games of cards,and our midnight rondeveiws to walmmart and our wee early morning hour breakfests. I'll miss our garage sale days together and family get togethers. (we have had many) It has been a honor and priviledge to have been able to take care of you the last few days of your life here on this earth.
I know you are rejoicing with God,Jesus, the angels, family and freinds up there.
No more sorrow no more pain. Good Bye for now until we meet again! With much love your daughter inlaw Michelle

Posted by michelle - Vassar, MI - Daughter Inlaw   December 18, 2013

Jerry and children I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Pat. I met Pat when they would visit My brother Roy. He would bring them up to visit mom. Pat was such a sweet person. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this very hard time.

Posted by Geneva Miracle - Corbin, KY - acquaintence Friend   December 18, 2013

My Dearest Aunt Pat,
When I picture you, I always see you laughing and smiling. Thank you for the wonderful memories of you and my mom laughing and sharing secrets together. You had such a special bond. I know that you are sharing laughs and smiling together now.
It is very hard to say goodbye to you now, you remind me so much of my mom. But the comfort I have and the comfort that your friends and family have is knowing you are with her now, singing, dancing, laughing. All good things that God promises us! No more tears, sorrow or pain.
May God bless your family with His comfort, the only comfort that can give us peace in times like these. May He protect them in His loving arms and give them His peace, strength and in the days ahead.

Posted by Suzanne Richardson - Burton, MI - Niece   December 17, 2013


Was always Loving and Caring. She would always tell me growing up if you have more than one thing of something give one thing away.She had a giving
heart thats for sure.
MoM loved talking on the phone to her late sister my aunt Eva Cooke,and viiting her in Lum Mi. They had a lot of laughs.MoM said her best trip was riding back to michigan when they moved back from florida I would stop every 2 hours for her to have a smoke break, I would tell her MoM take your time Then will get back on the Road.She would allways remind us of that trip.
As Kids she made my brother dave and I Get in the Dunk tank at the nursing home she worked at in Mayville MI.She was a hard worker allways working outside the home and in the home.In Florida she even climbed on the roof of
there trailer to sealcoat the roof.She LOVED GOD and MOM and I would pray together on the phone alot of times, over the last few years.She viisted us in Oklahoma and helped feed the homeless there a couple times and she enjoyed it.MoM was not a complainer about the pain she had for the last several years she was surely a tough lady.The sudden finding of cancer was a shock to all.Again MoM never complained she would worry about others before herself.Surely she is dancing in Heaven with her sister (Aunt Eva Cooke) and worshiping Jesus!!!

Posted by jerry Retan jr - Owasso, OK - Son   December 17, 2013


the memories that i have mostly are of her and my mom (her sister) always laughing together and playing tammy wynette and loretta lynn music and singing and dancing together-they were always enjoying sisterly fun!! my aunt was well out spoken and u knew if she wasnt happy - she would let u know- she loved the taking care of the elderly and would do anything for them. At times in my life they would tell me i took after her in some of her ways. lol probably her rebellious side she had. I will miss her smile and her laugh and the name she always called me-Debbie Doo i know you r with my mom aunt pat so sing and dance with the angels till we see each other again--u were always a part of my life love u and will miss u deeply Deborah

Posted by Deborah judd - attica, MI - my aunt   December 16, 2013