Patricia G. “Patty” Widger

Patricia G. “Patty” Widger, of Herod, Illinois, formerly of Canton, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at her residence in Davenport, Florida. She was born on October 13, 1959 in Peoria, IL, a daughter of Ray and Francis (Kauzlarich) Hartle. She married Timothy Allen Widger on August 13, 1977 in Canton. He survives.

Also surviving is her mother Francis; two sons, Nick (Jill) Widger; Cole (Melissa) Widger both of Canton, seven grandchildren, Karen, Megan, Allison, Dylan Autumn, Treyton and Daxton; three brothers, Denny Hartle of Savannah, Tennessee, Bernie Hartle and George Hartle, both of Canton; one sister, Marianne Pilkington of St. David.

Patricia was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Jerome “Rommy” Hartle.

She received her Associate Degree from Spoon River College in Canton, then her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Western Illinois University graduating Magna Cum Laude, and finally receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois. She worked for more than 20 years as a Social Worker for the State of Illinois, and was a Clinical Social worker or the State of Illinois and State of Tennessee.

Patricia was a past member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton, she cared for everyone she met over the years, while working and traveling, and she dearly loved her family, best friend, Cindy, and her beloved dogs.

Funeral services will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday, January, 25, 2018 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where visitation will be from 4:00 PM until time of services. Cremation rites will be accorded after services. Memorials can be made to Fulton County Humane Society. To view Patty’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit

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10 Responses to Patricia G. “Patty” Widger

  1. Joy Nidiffer says:

    So sorry for your loss. I went to Spoon River College with her and always enjoyed her cheerfulness.

  2. Marianne (krylowicz) Brock says:

    Dear Mrs Hartle, My Heart Breaks for your loss, I still hold your Family close in my Heart, You left many Beautiful memories in my life, and opened your home to me when I needed a Loving area to feel safe, God now has Patty wrapped in his Loving Embrace where he will keep her til you are reunited in his Love. God Bless You All.

  3. Sandi Davison Long says:

    This is heartbreaking. The world has lost a wonderful individual. I treasure my memories of Patty throughout the years. She was a dear friend and it seemed that no matter how much time had past, we would just picked up where we left off. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

  4. Marcella A Kumer says:

    Patty and I were friends in high school. A few years ago we found each other again a Facebook.
    I was back home to Canton two summers ago we tried to get together but we just missed each other. It was nice to find each other on Facebook. I just wish we could have seen each other again. God Bless Patty and your family.

  5. tina crawford says:

    my heart is broke.patty and I were best friends for 50 years,she was always there for me .but I know she will be waiting for me In heaven. I will always have great love in my heart for her and the whole family.

  6. Barbara Cook says:

    Francis, Tim and all the family, So very sorry to hear of Patty’s passing. She was such a nice person, so very thoughtful and caring. We enjoyed the time she spent working with us at FCRC. May God give you comfort at this sad time and keep you in his loving care always.

    Barbara and Bill Cook

  7. Judy (Meacham) Purtle says:

    Tim and family I am so sorry for your loss. I just meet Pat on face book. But we knew some of the same people in Canton. We talked by phone and I so enjoyed talking to her.
    She was funny when we talked. I felt a closeness to her. She is with the Angles now flying
    high but she knows that one day you will be flying with her. Know that she loved you all and she would want nothing more then to have you finish what was started here on earth
    She is walking beside you and will be your Angle now. Bless you and your Family

  8. Lynn Reuter says:

    Patty was a wonderful loving friend and neighbor who will be missed. I will always remember her great smile and kindness she greeted everyone! She loved her children and grandchildren so much and I loved hearing their stories of success Love you Patti

  9. Sue Perina says:

    I din’t know Patty well but I always enjoyed horseback riding with her & running into her & having conversations with her. I also knew Cole & thought he was a very nice young man so she did a good job with that one. 🙂 I really didn’t know her other son. I am sorry for your loss Tim.

  10. Dondra (Goyen) Brush says:

    Tim and all family and extended Family,
    Today I found out the passing of Patty. We were MUTT and JEFF, she being tall and me being short. We were the best of friends from 5th grade all through HS, I was even in her wedding. Time got away from us and we went our separative ways when we both got married. Her home (as Teenager) was my second home, it was a safe place to be during the rough times in my own life. We had lots of laughs together, we would stay up late at night talking and laughing and just being silly Teen age girls. She was a wonderful friend. I am saddened that our paths went different was and we lost touch. Back in 2013 Patty contacted me and we got to catch up on each other lives, she shared her love for her kids and her grand babies. I am sure she is greatly missed by all her family and her husband. Tim you were her love for life. I will miss her but will cherish all our good times. Patty accepted me and our friendship unconditional and that I will always be grateful for. RIP my sweet friend……In Love and Sympathy Dondra (Goyen) Brush

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