Patricia "Patti" Ann Krapesh put down her pen and closed the journal of her earthly life on Feb. 23, 2018, at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was born Jan. 31, 1953, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Andy Krapesh and Carolyn (Lantz) Krapesh.
We thank David Hughes, whose wonderful article in the Feb. 24, 2018, Tribune-Star warmly captures Patti's life and personality. Patti grew up in Clinton and graduated from Clinton High School in 1971, and earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and English from Indiana University. She worked at the Tribune-Star from 1980 to 1994, climbing her way up from news reporter (specializing in county government) to assistant city editor, to city editor, to assistant managing editor and eventually to managing editor. After leaving the Tribune-Star she started teaching a variety of journalism classes at SMWC and she received her 20-year service pen last December.
Her friends were her family of choice, and they shared distinct and various aspects of her life. Though devoted to those friends, she was never willing to be the center of attention. Out of respect for wishes Patti had made known, there will be no visitation, funeral or other formal memorial at this time. Cremation was chosen, and we ask that those who were her friends and loved ones observe private memorials or celebrations of Patti's life. Remember your times together in ways you feel are appropriate. A celebration of life gathering is likely to be planned later; communication will be published to make that event known in advance.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husbands, Zan W. Sagraves in 1992 and Arthur E. Pruett in 1984; two uncles, Donald Lantz and Ned Lantz of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and several cousins from the Krapesh and Lantz families survive her.
Patti truly loved her pets, current and past. Many of Patti's friends have asked about her dog Bella and cat Joyful; each of them has a new home with one of Patti's friends. She would love the care you expressed for their welfare. Friends and family that feel a tribute is appropriate, we suggest donations be made to the Terre Haute Humane Society. Otherwise, we suggest whatever tribute you feel would memorialize the truth of her spirit.
Published on February 28, 2018