Patricia Harpst

Obituary of Patricia Harpst

Patricia “Patty” Harpst, age 88,  peacefully passed away on October 20, 2023.  She was born October 22, 1933 to Edwin and Hortense Adams in Toledo, Ohio.


Patricia attended Ottawa Hills High School and later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Indiana University.  She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority.  Following graduation, Patricia taught elementary school for several years.  Patricia married her high school sweetheart and soul mate Howard Harpst in 1959. Howard and Patricia later had two boys, Steven and Brian and moved from Ohio to Tucson in 1969.  Both Patricia and Howard became very active in their community.  


Patricia had an outgoing personality and enjoyed life. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and aunt. She was a passionate dog lover and over the years had many that she considered to be members of the family.  She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and wit, her generosity, and love of friends and family.


Patricia was predeceased by her parents, her son Brian, her husband Howard and niece Patti Orbison.  She is survived by her son, Steven; sister, Carolyn Perryman, sister-in-law, Helen Emmert (Greg) and nieces and nephew, Elizabeth Emmert (John), grandnieces Sarah, Kathryn, and Diana, Dr. Greg Emmert and Lisa Perryman.  


The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful caregivers for their kind support and care shown to Patricia during her illness.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Brian Harpst Memorial Endowment Fund in Pima Community College Foundation.  This fund provides scholarships in Respiratory Therapy.  Pima Community College, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ, 85709-1320.  

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