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Patricia E. McCann, age 81, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home unexpectedly at 5:25 p.m., on Friday, July 28, 2017, at home. To honor Patricia's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Patricia's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Patricia was born on March 18, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Francis and Madeline (Koerperich) Lahey.

Patricia sadly began her early years with the loss of her mother, whom she would never truly know. Thankfully, her father Francis would meet Valeria (Smith) Lahey and she would joyfully raise Patricia as her own. Patricia was united in marriage to Lester Joseph Brimeyer, on June 26, 1954, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville. They raised their family together on the farm in Rickardsville. Lester was sadly called home on March 9, 1995. She would later find love again and marry John "Jack" McCann, but sadly he too would be called home ahead of her. Patricia was primarily a housewife, but she also took great pride in her 20 year career as a CNA, working primarily within private homes. Patricia was a very talented seamstress who could easily manifest magic at her fingertips with the hum of her machine under her foot. Patricia also enjoyed gardening and would spend countless hours in the kitchen canning each years harvest. Some of Patricia's final favorite ways to spend her days included creating beautiful wedding cakes, impromptu shopping therapy trips, and especially joining her friends for a wonderful gathering of food and friendship around the restaurant table. We are deeply saddened by Patricia's sudden departure from this world, but surely look forward to being reunited with her, and all of our loved ones, again one day.

Those left to cherish Patricia's memory include

her children,
Susan (Merlin) Clemen, Dyersville, IA,
Mary (Duane) Heacock, Peosta, IA,
Judy (Ken) Samek, Waterloo, IA,
Michael (Amelia) Brimeyer, Dubuque, IA,
Richard Brimeyer, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Joanne (Tom) Harper, Chicago, IA,
Carol Peters, Fresno, CA,
Dennis (Regina) Brimeyer, Alpharetta, GA
and Denise (Dave) Heiderscheit, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her 16 grandchildren;

her 5 great-grandchildren;

her sister,
Darlene (Willis) Schmitt, Holy Cross, IA;

and her sister-in-law,
Dorothy (Donald) Wolf, Dubuque, IA.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David Brimeyer; and a brother Eugene Lahey.

A Patricia E. McCann memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.