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November 17, 2019

9/14/2019 7:30:00 AM
Patricia Morey

It would take a day as formidable as 9/11 to claim the life of a patriot as strong as Patricia Morey.

Patricia Morey, 94, of Rhinelander passed peacefully into eternal life on Sept. 11, 2019 at her home surrounded by family. Pat was born on March 16, 1925 to the late William and Frances (nee Furtak) Naylor.

Pat attended Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School and Gage Park High School in Chicago. After high school, she moved to Rhinelander with her family where she met her husband-to-be, Chester (Chet) Morey. Pat was employed at the Bell Telephone Company until her marriage to Chet in 1943. After Chet was sent overseas in World War II, Pat joined the U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve. She was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. for boot camp and later at Henderson Hall Marine Corps Base in Arlington, Va., where she worked primarily at the Pentagon.

After World War II, Pat and Chet settled in Rhinelander, where they raised their family of four. Pat and Chet enjoyed 68 years of marriage. After their children were raised, Pat worked as a clerk at the Tasty Bakery for 14 years. Pat and Chet were active at the Oneida County Senior Center and delivered meals to homebound people for two years. Pat was a voracious reader and was especially proud to have served in the U.S. Marine Corps. She would not hesitate to let people know that, "Once a Marine; Always a Marine".

Pat is survived by her daughters, Diane Morey of Rhinelander, Linda Morey of Conway, Ark., Mary Jean (Romeo) Ty of Corona, Calif.; her daughter-in-law, Susan Morey of Elkins Park, Penn.; her furbaby, Shadow the cat; her sister, Mary Jean Naylor of Paramount, Calif. and one brother, William (Judy) Naylor of Wheatland, Calif. She is further survived by 10 grandchildren: Raphael (Jenn) Morey of Staten Island, N.Y., Samuel Morey of Pittsburgh, Penn., Rebecca Morey of Elkins Park, Penn., Janel (James) Bargar of Conway, Ark., Robert Clark of Conway, Ark., Trisha (Jeff) Bridges of Conway, Ark., Johnathan Zabawa of North Hollywood, Calif., Djian-Luke (Hannah) Ty of Irvine, Calif., Djian-Lee Ty of Corona, Calif., Sabrina Ty of Corona, Calif.; seven great-grandchildren: James Thomas Bargar, Emily Bargar, Anna Grace Bridges, Heidi Bridges, Jace Bridges, Charlotte Morey and Piper Bobbie Morey, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, William and Frances Naylor; her husband, Chet; her son, Gerald; one sister, Alice Voeks, and two brothers, Richard Naylor and Donald Naylor.

The family thanks the staff of Ascension at Home-Rhinelander Hospice for their support and loving care during the past four months of our mother's life.


The visitation for Pat will take place on Monday morning, Sept. 16, 2019 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, located at 125 E. King Street, Rhinelander, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Catholic Funeral Liturgy. Dn. Ron Bosi will be officiating.

Immediately following the Catholic Funeral Liturgy, there will be a procession to Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Cemetery for the Committal Service and where Military Honors will be conducted by the Ray Rousseau V.F.W. Post 3143 Rhinelander and by two representatives from the United States Marines.

Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501, 715-365-4343.

You are invited to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Article comment by: Bruce Kotila

Ill always remember your mom. I loved to discuss the books she was reading, and the places she had been. You were so fortunate to have her this long!
Your Uncle Don was also enjoyable for me.
Sincerely, Bruce Kotila. MD

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