Patricia Ann (Craig) Craig

Born: Fri., Oct. 24, 1958
Died: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018


Visitation

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Nov. 29, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location


Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 AM Fri., Nov. 30, 2018
Location: Basilica of the Sacred Heart


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Patricia Ann Craig, 60, of Chicago, IL died at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, November 21st in Illinois Masonic Hospital, Chicago. Patricia was born October 24, 1958 in South Bend, IN to the late Elizabeth A. (Pflum) and Dr. George Brownlee Craig, Jr. On August 16, 2003 in South Bend she married Patrick J. Maguire who survives. Also surviving are her son, Patrick Maguire (Kelley) of Carmel, IN; her daughter, Melissa Seeman (Nick) of Joliet, IL; grandchildren, Aniston and Gavin Seeman and Teagan and Devin Maguire; sister, Sarah Craig (Bill Pratt) of Niles, MI; nieces and nephews, Madalynn Peterek, Lindsay Craig, Mitchell Peterek (Camille), Dustan Craig, Maureen Craig, Tyler Peterek, and Sean Craig; and sister-in-law, Roberta Craig of Niles, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Mary Craig; and brother, James Craig.

 

Patricia was a middle child born the third of four children and the middle daughter of three. Because of that, Patricia was a strong competitor and many of her friends over the years experienced her heathy debate skills.

Since Patricia was in the second grade she only wanted to be an architect. It was a challenge since at the time no girls were allowed in drafting classes in school. Her parents had to petition the school system to allow her to take drafting and she had to test out of Home Ec. It was a constant battle for her being a woman in a male dominated field in the construction trades. This experience and growing up seeing her father fight for women’s and human rights made her a strong advocate for the same. She was accepted to the Notre Dame Architecture program with high honors. She first practiced in Washington DC then moved to Chicago where she eventually started her own firm: Craig & Associates Architects. She was semi-retired when she passed but just could not stop doing what she loved – designing and debating a healthy argument about structure.

In 1995 she met the puzzle piece to her life, Pat Maguire. The two were fast friends as they had everything in common and Pat fit into the Craig family perfectly. They complemented each other as he is an impeccably skilled tradesman and she the designer. Though they sometimes had heated arguments, neither wanted to ever be without the other. Pat with his Irish brogue would have his audience laughing in stitches and Patricia would just roll her eyes. No one could imagine one without the other. When joining their families, Patricia gained two incredible children, Patrick and Melissa Maguire. She loved them and helped shape them into the wonderful adults and parents they are today.

Patricia was an incredibly gracious woman, especially when it came to her family, creating memories for her nieces and nephews that will last a lifetime. On the 11th birthday of all seven of her nieces and nephews she treated each of them to personal trips to Ireland to show them a new country and culture, one that she held dear to her heart.

Over the course of her very successful career she received many accolades for her building designs; works of art that are left for us to enjoy. Some of her accomplishments include being asked to be the first Architect in Chicago to design a Cooking Light Magazine Fit House, and her last major masterpiece can be seen in New Buffalo at 10 Peninsula Drive for all to see and appreciate. Interwoven with her passion for design and architecture was a strong sense of civic engagement and responsibility. She was actively engaged in many community organizations throughout Chicago; and served on the board of directors for the Counseling Center of Lakeview, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, the West Lakeview Neighbors, in addition to numerous others.

She loved Notre Dame and Notre Dame football. For years Pat and Patricia along with her sister Sarah would host elaborate tailgate parties every home game. The parties became legendary as classmates, relatives and friends would plan their trips to Notre Dame around the tailgate schedule.

Patricia’s happy place was always her family cottage at Camp Hazelhurst in southwestern Michigan where she spent the summers with family and every weekend as an adult. She donated many, many countless design and construction hours to club buildings never taking any compensation whatsoever. Patricia gave freely of her time, talent and energy. In addition to donating her architectural and design skills, she served on the Prairie Club Board of Directors along with numerous other committees over the years.

She will be dearly missed by her family; Pat, the love of her life; her sister Sarah who idolized Patricia her entire life; her children, nieces and nephews whose lives are forever changed by her love and influence. As her sister Mary wrote before she died, “Remember me with a smile, not a tear.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, November 30th in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 29th from 4 until 8 p.m. in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd, IN. Memorial Contributions in Patricia’s name may be made to The Prairie Club of Chicago, prairieclub@sbcglobal.net . Family and friends may leave email condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

 

Charitable donations may be made in Patricia's memory to the following organization:

The Prairie Club of Chicago,
In Patricia's name.
http://prairieclub@sbcglobal.net

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Ted Harry
   Posted Mon November 26, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. When this happens in our family we need more than human strength. God and his Son can provide what we need. Please review these scriptures : John 5:28-29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”
Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Mary Ahern
   Posted Mon November 26, 2018
Oh, Patti, we will miss you terribly. Love and prayers to the Craig and Maguire family at such a difficult time. Love Thee, Notre Dame.
RIP, and fly high, our angel.

Kathy Sorenson
   Posted Mon November 26, 2018
My sympathies to the family. I have so many fond memories of Pattie in Girl Scouts and playing volleyball. Take care.

Eenee Ferrano
   Posted Mon November 26, 2018
My dear Cousins,
Our hearts are heavy with sorrow that Patti is no longer with us. I will cherish forever my childhood memories with my cousins in South Bend, days at the Prairie Club and many Notre Dame memories . Patti, you were so much fun to hang around with. Family gatherings will miss your laughter and smiles. You accomplished so much and shared yourself with so many. You leave a legacy of architectural achievements and the improvements in the many lives you touched . I am honored to have you as my cousin and will miss you. Love , Rest In Peace with Mary, Jim, Aunt Betty and Uncle George and the extended family of angels that welcome you to heaven. Love, Eenee Pflum Ferrano

The Prairie Club Board & Members
   Posted Tue November 27, 2018
For some people, volunteering of their time and talents is about giving.
But for our dear Patricia, it was a way of living.
Please accept our deepest sympathies, our hearts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

Margaret Martin
   Posted Tue November 27, 2018
Patty was one in a zillion. She was always generous and humble with her talents. We grew up together at Hazelhurst and spent many summer days camping out at the beach, and playing games on the Craig’s porch. Her architecture talents can be seen all over Hazelhurst.

Condolences and sympathy to the entire Craig family.

Martha Gordon
   Posted Tue November 27, 2018
Dear Patrick and Sally,

I am so sorry to hear of Patty's death. We were children together. All those Christmas Eves, when we would visit the Craig family home. All those Biology Department picnics, when we would eat hamburgers and play softball and do all the things young people do when their parents weren't really looking. All the wonderful times our two families spent together at the Prairie Club and our two homes.

Patty was such a star, and as I read of what she accomplished as an adult, such a force to be reckoned with. I am so sorry for your loss. Sixty is no age to leave this world. I cannot imagine how you all feel as she has left you behind.

Please know that there is someone, a long way away, who remembers her and celebrates the love we once shared. Please know that I send my heartfelt sympathy to your entire families.

Love,

Martha L. Gordon

Mike Kozubek and Mary Swanton
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
Patti was such a good and giving person. We share in the grief of your great loss. It is all too soon. We send our love.

Douglas and Ellen Elrick
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
Dear Patrick & Sally & family,
We are so sorry we cannot be with you for the visitation and Mass. Please know that we send our love and support, our prayers to you. We can hardly imagine Hazelhurst without Patti. She has been a part of our PC family from our growing up days until now. We will be reminded of Patti’s love of Hazelhurst and contributions to Hazelhurst at every turn. We thank her for her deep care and her willingness to share her convictions and talents. May you feel the comfort, strength, and support of your family, friends, and faith in the coming days.
Ellen and Doug Elrick

Jackie kirby
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
Deepest sympathy to Pat, the Maguire and Craig families.
Thinking of you all. It’s hard to believe. We shared so many good times and I have wonderful memories that I will cherish always.

John McKee
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
Blessings to the Craig and McGuire families on your significant loss. We remember well Patti's remarkable volunteer service, her participation at meetings of siteholders and many committees, and her unwavering support in preparing professional architectural drawings and assistance in realizing a beautiful addition to our Hazelhurst cottage.
Gratefully, John McKee & family

Sheila McEvoy
   Posted Fri November 30, 2018
Dear Pat, Patrick and Melissa,
I am so sorry for your loss. Patricia was a wonderful woman. I have never forgotten the generosity that the both of you showed me and my friends when we were over in Chicago for the Summer. I don't know what else to say, except that I am thinking of ye.
Sheila McEvoy
Xoxox

Sue and John Tingle
   Posted Sat December 01, 2018
Patrick, Sally and family

John and I were very saddened to learn of Patricia's passing. I knew her all her life and her parents and grandparents. Our cottage is testimony to her talent as is Camp Hazlehurst to her talents and dedication. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sue Tingle