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Obituary for Patricia McDermott (Alger)

LOUISVILLE - “Old bridge players never die, they just shuffle away.” Patricia Alger McDermott “shuffled away” Saturday, Feb.19th, 2022 at the age of 98.

Pat was born to Margaret and Frederick Alger in Bay City, Michigan. As a child and young adult, she lived in Chicago and New York. She graduated from Manhattanville College in 1945 with a BA in Art and English. After working in Chicago as a catalog copy editor, she met and married Jack McDermott. Together they had 11 children and relocated to Louisville, KY.

Her first career focused on raising 11 children. Once the children were older, Pat started a second career reading and recording books for the Library of Congress through the Kentucky School for the Blind. That career lasted 25 years. Pat had the gift of faith that was bolstered by her long association with St. James and St. Brigid parishes. Her free time was spent at the bridge table, enjoying lifelong friendships and the challenge the cards offered. She also enjoyed writing stories, poems, and limericks. Pat was a grateful member of AA for 55 years, inspiring many in their recovery.

Pat was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Jack McDermott. She is survived by her 11 children, Fred McDermott (Allyson), Jack McDermott (Ellen), Tom McDermott (Trish), Trish McDermott (Scott Bogue), Jeannie Samson (Daniel), Mary Catherine Schulz (Kevin), Tim McDermott (Becca), Robert McDermott (Pam), Margaret Broadhurst (Spike), Jim McDermott (Susan), Terry McDermott (Angie); 27 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.

She was blessed with a beautiful and peaceful death, surrounded by her loving family with the compassionate and caring support of Hosparus.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to Hosparus of Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr., Louisville, KY 40205.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 24th, 2022, at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, 40205.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m Friday at St. Brigid Catholic Church, 1520 Hepburn Avenue, 40204, with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.