Patricia (Pat) Howley Morton, 90, of Wheeling, passed away on November 1, 2020 in Zionsville, IN.
Pat was born in Wheeling, WV on December 4, 1929, to Goldina Beltz and John Patrick Howley. She attended St. Michael’s Grade School and graduated from Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy, as salutatorian of the class of 1947. In 1951, she graduated from Seton Hill College. She later earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Detroit, in 1977.
Pat married Robert Clark Morton (Clark) on July 13, 1957 at St. Michael’s. Clark preceded her in death on April 18, 2020. They lived in Toledo, Ohio and Parkersburg, WV before returning to Wheeling in 1961, where she was a long time member of St. Michael’s parish. Together they celebrated nearly 63 years of a loving and supportive marriage, during which they raised four children, enjoyed spending time with grandchildren, friends and extended family, and traveled extensively in and out of the U.S. They moved to Zionsville in 2016 to be closer to their daughters.
Prior to her marriage, Pat worked for the City of Wheeling Recreation Department, and years later served as Chair of the Recreation Commission. Pat also enjoyed a long career as a teacher of English and other subjects, having taught at Corpus Christi, Blessed Trinity, and for many years at St. Michael’s, from which she retired in 1993. She was also an active volunteer for St. Michael’s, having started the school’s library together with her sister, Mary H. McFadden, in the late 1960’s. She was also actively involved in the Mount de Chantal Alumnae Association.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Mary McFadden and Eleanor Cranny, and her nephew James Cranny. She is survived by her children Neal Morton, Scott (Penny) Morton, Teresa (Eldon) Nyhart, Jr., and Deidre (Tom) Pettinga. She was the proud grandmother to five grandsons, Ty (Christina) Morton, Wesley Morton, Thomas Pettinga, Jr. Cornelius Pettinga, and Christopher Nyhart, all of whom survive. Her much-loved surviving nephews and nieces include John (Colette), Mary Kathleen, Tom (Michelle), and Elizabeth McFadden.
Friends and family will be received on Friday November 13th from 4 pm until time of vigil service at 6 pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Elm Grove.
A Mass of Christian Burial to honor the lives of both Pat and Clark Morton will be celebrated at 10:00 am Saturday November 14th at St. Michael Catholic Church, National Rd. Wheeling, with Rev. Carlos Melocoton, Jr. as celebrant. Please note that everyone attending the services will be required to wear a face mask or face covering and we will be following social distancing guidelines.
If you wish to view Pat & Clark’s service remotely, please visit the following web page- https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/26610366. (Click here.)
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Parish School, 1221 National Rd. Wheeling WV 26003, or online at www.TMCfunding.com. (Click here.)
Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
St. Michael Catholic Church
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