Brookings Registry | Patricia Sloane
Patricia (Pat) Ruth Cassell Sloan, 87, of Volga, South Dakota, passed away peacefully at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls on Friday, October 28, 2022, after suffering a stroke.
Visitation will be held at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings on Thursday, November 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with liturgical prayer and the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 4, 2022 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings. Interment will be Friday afternoon in Madison at St. Thomas Cemetery. The mass will be recorded and uploaded to Pat’s obituary by Friday afternoon.
Pat was born August 11, 1935, the daughter of Tom and Lillie (Fox) Mullaney in Miller, SD. She received her early education in Hand County before graduating from Madison High School in 1953. After graduation, she attended St. Joseph School of Nursing in Mitchell. In November 1954 she entered Presentation Convent in Aberdeen where she spent 10 years as Sister Mary Michael Ann, working as a nurse in both St. Joes and McKennan after graduating as a registered nurse in 1957.
In October 1964, she accepted a position as an operating room supervisor in Wheat Ridge, CO. It was there that she met and married Harry Cassell on September 17, 1965 in Thornton, Colorado.
From this union were born three daughters. The family moved to Madison, SD in 1971 and then to Volga, SD in 1974 where they farmed and operated a dairy operation until 1993.
With the children raised and the livestock sold, she again followed her passion for nursing, working in various hospitals and care facilities in South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Illinois. She married Richard Sloan on August 26, 2000 in DeKalb, Illinois. She returned to Volga, South Dakota in 2018.
Her Catholic faith was a source of strength and support throughout her life. She was an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of Americas, holding many positions over the years. She served as a catechist in various fields and was often a reader and Eucharistic minister at Mass. She has volunteered with Right to Life, Birthright, St. Vincent DePaul, Rover Rescue, was a Brookings County 4-H leader and a member of the Sioux Valley Extension Club for years. A highlight each year was attending the South Dakota State Fair in Huron. Recently, she has been active creating quilts for Brookings Area Sleep in Heavenly Peace and providing meals for students and parents during Wednesday night religious education at St. Thomas More in Brookings. She also enjoyed playing pool with a group of friends and hosting family gatherings. Her hobbies included sewing, gardening, volunteering, watching football and attending events her great-grandchildren were involved in.
She is survived by her three daughters, Ann (Kevin) Vostad of Volga, SD, Alice Intermill of Volga, SD and Janet (Todd Saunders) Wolf of Glenwood Springs, CO; six grandchildren, Stephanie (Dusty) Mattson, Ashley (Colby) Seifert, Melissa (Dane) Adee, Thorwald (Kasie) Vostad, Nick (Kacie) Intermill and Jacob Wolf; 14 great-grandchildren and siblings Kathleen Ramm, Mel Mullaney, Paul Mullaney, Walter (Sharon) Mullaney and Rose (Tom) Bickett.
Pat was predeceased by her parents, her sister Joan Johnson, her brothers-in-law Dale Johnson and Gene Ramm and her sisters-in-law Pat Mullaney, Jane Mullaney and Doreen Mullaney, her son-in-law Reed Intermill as well as two infant sisters, a great-grandson and many friends.