Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 11, 2013

Roberta 'Birdie" Patterson

CNHI News Service


Roberta “Birdie” Patterson, 91, of Waltonville, passed away at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at her home.

Birdie was born Feb. 6, 1992, in Sterling, the daughter of Robert J. and Anna (Siedel) Card. She married Frank Hollie “Patsy” Patterson on Sept. 5, 1941, in Festus, Mo., and he preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1987.

Birdie had worked for the U.S. Post Office in Waltonville for 20 years. After retirement she volunteered as a camp ground attendant for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake. She was a member of the Waltonville VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. She attended the Waltonville Community Church.

Birdie is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Ziarnek of Waltonville; a son, Sandy Patterson of Waltonville; sister, Laura Weaver of Rock Falls; four grandchildren, Michael Ziarnek of Denver, Stacie Capps of Woodlawn, Chris Patterson and wife Michele of Waltonville and Zack Ziarnek and wife Niki of Ava; four great-grandchildren, Shelby Patterson, Alexa Capps, Conlee Ziarnek and Cate Ziarnek; and also by two nephews, David Weaver and wife Kathy and Steve Weaver.

Mrs. Patterson was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Art Ziarnek; and a brother-in-law, John Weaver.

Services for Roberta “Birdie” Patterson will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville with Pastor Tim Reynolds officiating. Interment will follow at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville.

As per her wishes, Birdie preferred memorials be made to Waltonville Fire Department or the Knob Prairie Cemetery and will be accepted at the Newell Funeral Home, 305 E. Main St., Waltonville, 62894.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville where you may call (618) 279-7272 or visit online at for further information.