Patricia “Pat” J. Claeys

Patricia “Pat” J. Claeys

Patricia “Pat” J. Claeys

Iowa City

Patricia “Pat” J. Claeys, 84, of Iowa City, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, at Lantern Park Specialty Care Center in Coralville.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Victor. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, where a parish vigil service will begin at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Pat’s memory to Mercy Hospital Foundation of Iowa City or St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City. To share a thought, memory or condolence with her family, please visit Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service website at

Patricia Jean Robey was born Jan. 8, 1938, in Brooklyn, Iowa, the daughter of Alfred and Mary Ann (McSwiggin) Robey. She attended schools in Malcom graduating from Malcom High School in 1956, she then enrolled and later graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Iowa City in 1959. Pat married William C. Claeys on Oct. 29, 1960, in Brooklyn, Iowa. The couple made their home in Iowa City, where they raised their family and Pat worked as a nurse at Mercy Hospital with her career spanning over 40 years before her retirement.

She was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, the Red Hat Society, the Investment Club, enjoyed getting together with former nursing school classmates and reading at Mark Twain Elementary School in the Rock & Read program. But nothing was more important than family, especially when the grandchildren came along and then again when the great-grandchildren were born. Nothing brought a bigger smile to her face than to be with her family and her beloved dogs!

Her family includes two sons, Jim Claeys (Teresa) and Joe Claeys (Ellen); granddaughters, Jennifer Weig (Nick), Janet Haag (Aaron) and Jessica Williams (Jason); great-grandchildren, Audrey, Susie, Charlotte, Braydon and Stella; brother, Tom Robey (Pat); and sister, Sarah Hall (David).

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, John Robey (Karen); and special friend, Phil Rocca.

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