Patricia met Charlie King through mutual friends shortly after she left the convent and married him in 1964 at St. John the Baptist Church in Joliet, with Rev. James officiating, Teresa said.
Their daughter Marianne Borio of Joliet was born 1965; Teresa was born in 1970, Teresa said.
"She absolutely adored her one and only granddaughter, Claire Ann," Teresa said.
Charlie said Patricia was “cute and friendly” when he met her, but he especially admired her values, so much that he converted to Catholicism because of her example.
“She was a very good teacher; she loved teaching,” Charlie said. “But she had a modest side.
She didn’t like to be in the forefront. When she retired, she absolutely did not want a party. She did not like to draw attention to herself.”
Throughout her career, Patricia taught at Laraway School in Joliet and Chaney and Richland Schools in Crest Hill. After she retired, she continued to tutor students in reading, Charlie said
“She was a voracious reader,” Charlie said. “She read all kinds of books.”
Patricia especially loved reading books on religion and psychology and, starting in the 1970s, meditation. She read a great deal about the Dalai Lama.
From Patricia’s example, Charlie began meditating, too, and they traveled to Canada and Ireland for various retreats.
Charlie said meditation helped both of them “look at things in a different light.”
“She liked the idea of peace, of getting away from the hustle and bustle of American life,” Charlie said. “She was very prayerful. She went to Mass. She was very spiritual.”