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Patricia Dodson

January 6, 1925 ~ August 4, 2019 (age 94)


Patricia Isabel Ungaro Dodson, of Chicago, Illinois, age 94 years, died August 4, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah of natural causes.  She was born January 6, 1925 in Chicago to Dorothy Tyrrell Ungaro and Gerard Magella Ungaro.

Patricia was educated at New Trier High School, Vassar College (BA in Chemistry 1944-45), Northwestern University (MBA 1967), and University of Illinois (MA in Anthropology 1982).  She married Leonard William Dodson in 1947 and had five daughters.  She worked as a cosmetic and research chemist, homemaker, financial planner, options exchange trader, and anthropologist.

In her community, Patricia was known as an ardent feminist.  She was politically active in get-out-the-vote campaigns and many causes for change, including Citizens Alert, the YWCA Women’s Shelter, the Michigan Woman’s Music Festival and the 60 mile Breast Cancer Walk.  She was an extensive world traveler and never stopped exercising, including yoga, tennis, racquetball, and swimming.

She is survived by her daughters Daryl Dodson Wilson (Wally), Karen Dodson (Susan), Dee McLaughlin (Tom), Lindsey Dodson, Leslie Dodson (Dan); her grandchildren Connery Obeng (Pash), Reuben Wilson, Ryan McLaughlin (Emily), Ainsley-Marie McLaughlin; her great grandchildren Amelle and Mayfield Obeng; and many beloved cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents Dorothy and Jerry Ungaro, her sister Joan Ungaro, and her husband Leonard Dodson.

Memorial Visitation will be on Friday, September 6, 4-8 p.m. at Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, September 7, 9:30  a.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Church, Park Ridge.  All are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Girl Scouts of America, Planned Parenthood, a woman’s organization, or a charity of your choice.



Memorial Visitation
September 6, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ryan-Parke Funeral Home
120 S. Northwest Hwy.
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Memorial Mass
September 7, 2019

9:30 AM
St. Paul of the Cross Church
140 South Northwest Hwy.
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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