Patricia Ann (Crawford) Trost

Born: Tue., Jun. 24, 1941
Died: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 06, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Memorial Service

7:00 PM Fri., Sep. 06, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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At 12:57am on August 22nd Patricia Ann Trost Crawford was welcomed to her heavenly home. Born on June 24, 1941 to Hazel (Bland) and Lloyd Crawford, Pat was the 2nd of five children.
Pat is survived by her children Marcy (Dan) Simons, Penny Hanlon, Tracy (Tom) Biggs, Wendy(Allan) Hench, and Andrew Trost. Grandchildren, Ashleigh (Kyle) Heatherly, Benjamin Simons, Austin Biggs, Zachary Biggs, Joshua Hanlon, Grace Hanlon, Andrew Hanlon, Kyle Hench, Olivia Hench, Molly Hench,and one great-grandchild Knixon Heatherly. Siblings, Donald (Nancy) Crawford, Beverly Archer, Karen Lant, Laura Lord, and many nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Norman Edwin Trost, two beloved angels Jessica Marie and Gabrielle Susan Hanlon, and her parents Hazel and Lloyd Crawford.

Pat had a celebrated career with over 25 years at the University of Notre Dame from which she retired in 2012. She started in the Office of Human Resources as an administrative assistant then moved to become the Executive Assistant to Colonel David M. Woods in Support Services. From there she became Assistant Director in the Alumni Association Travel Program and had the opportunity to host many amazing trips around the world. Her last stop was as the Executive Administrator to Chuck Lennon and they retired together.

Pat lived an active life; she selflessly gave of her time and resources to many organizations, not for profit foundations, and charities. She enjoyed spending her time in various volunteer opportunities. She has been a long standing member of the Kiwanis Club International, volunteered at St. Margaret’s House, and Walt Disney Elementary School. Whether she was leading the group, faciliting a fundraiser, reading to a group of children, or quietly working behind the scenes, she was actively involved in the community.

When Norm passed away after 32 years of marriage, as was always her way, Pat started a Widows Group with fellow campus friends who became widowers around the same time. Today that group, known as the Sassy Sisters is over 40 members strong. They are feeling this loss as deeply as the rest of her family.

Up until the end  mom was a faithful prayer warrior and will forever remain in our hearts as the positive encourager, guiding us always in love, and reminding us of the importance of faith, family, and friends.

A Memorial funeral service will be held 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, with Rev. Brian Durand officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 p.m. Friday until the time of the service at 7:00 at the funeral home. Cremation will take place with burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, 8085 Saltsburgh Road, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA, 15239. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

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

United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
8085 Saltsburgh Road, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA, 15239

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Pamela Nicholas
   Posted Mon August 26, 2019
Dearest Marcy,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Your mom was a great woman and will remain in your heart forever. When you find yourself saying all those quotes she used to say, you will smile and remember her joyfully. I just want you to know that her peace is your strength. Hold on to that, somehow it might make it a little easier for you. I am thinking of you. Love you, Pam

Cheryl McWilliams
   Posted Mon August 26, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the Trost family for the loss of Pat. She was a lovely lady. I will always remember the days at Sumption Prairie in the choir and the services. You are all in my prayers. Know that the Lord will see you thru this. My love to you all. Cheryl McWilliams

Mickey Lane
   Posted Tue August 27, 2019
Dear Laura and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏

Richard and Margo Biggs
   Posted Tue August 27, 2019
I am very sorry about your lost of your mother. I pains me to hear about her. My prayers are with you.

Dan and Carol
   Posted Tue August 27, 2019
Dear Trost kids, our thoughts and prayers for your family. I know you've been left with a wonderful heritage of the Lord. Your mom had a huge influence on my Christian growth, she's one of those angels God gives you in your life! God bless you.

melody pippin
   Posted Fri August 30, 2019
We will miss her so much, my heart hurts for you all. Aunt Pat was the sweetest woman I've ever known! Always welcoming with a warm hug and that sweet smile, and she'd always say Hi Hun! When I was younger, I wanted her to be my mom(if I didn't have such a great mom also)and thought about what it would be like to be a part of her family! Even though I can't imagine not seeing her in Florida anymore and she left us too soon, I know that she's now resting in the arms of her beloved Norman.

Thomas J Blum
   Posted Fri August 30, 2019
Pat's family ,
I am sorry .
Wanted you to know that I remember Pat as always being willing to go out of her way to help . Whenever, I called her office , she was happy to assist .
One of the "ND old guard."
With prayers,
Tom Blum
Retired ND Development

   Posted Sun September 01, 2019
Your mom, Pat, was such a warm wonderful woman. I'll miss that genuine smile of hers. I still can see your dad sitting in the livingroom with his feet up, reading the paper, smiling at us as we walked by, after practice. Bittersweet, but heaven sure gained another angel.❤ Love you Tracy.

David Roos
   Posted Fri September 06, 2019


Your mother was an amazing woman and will be missed by many! Much Love, Dave & Amy Roos