Patrick Leo McDermott, 81, of Epworth, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation for Patrick was held from 2-7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, where a prayer service was held at 1:30 p.m. Visitation was also held after 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 at the funeral home in Epworth.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Epworth, with the Rev. Michael Schueller presiding and the Rev. Joseph McDermott S.V.D. concelebrating. Mass servers were Sam Krapfl, James and Eva Greenwood. Lector was Melanie Wertzberger. Eucharistic Ministers were Trisha Greenwood, Hannah McDermott and Judy Berger. Placing of the Pall was done by Helen McDermott, Barry McDermott, Mindi McDermott, Roger McDermott, Paul McDermott, Marci Wertzberger, Ross McDermott and Jamie McDermott. Giftbearers were Taylor Wertzberger, Quinn McDermott and Hope McDermott. Burial was held in St. Patrick Cemetery in Epworth.

Casketbearers were Barry McDermott, Roger McDermott, Paul McDermott, Ross McDermott, Jamie McDermott, Dan McDermott, Jacob McDermott and Chase Wertzberger.

He was born May 24, 1938 in Placid, son of Vincent and Mary (Horsfield) McDermott. He received his education from the Placid Grade School and Epworth High School. On May 30, 1959 he was united in marriage to Helen Oberfoell at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Epworth. Pat worked at the Dubuque Pack for ten years and was also employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in 1994. Pat loved to farm, go coyote hunting and watch the Chicago Cubs.

He was a member of the St. Patrick Parish in Epworth, and the Farley Knights of Columbus Council #2001.

He is survived by his wife, Helen McDermott, of Epworth; seven children, Barry McDermott and Mindi McDermott both of Epworth, Roger McDermott, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Paul (Nancy Goebel) McDermott, of Springville, Marci (Greg) Wertzberger, of Hiawatha, Ross (Tammy) McDermott, of Cedar Falls, Jamie (Kathy) McDermott, of Urbandale; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three siblings, Mary Lou Kramer, of Epworth, Lucille (William) Re, of Cinncinnati, OH and Darlene King, of Canton, Ill.; three sisters-in-law, Ileen Domas, of Montclair, Calif., Verna (Dorrance) McDermott and Jean Oberfoell both of Epworth; and two brothers-in-law, Leo “Mike” Oberfoell of Liberty, MO and Jim Brady, of Dewitt.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ralph McDermott; three sisters-in-law, Ione (Chuck) Engler Patti Brady and Phyllis Oberfoell; and five brothers-in-law, Milton (Irene) Oberfoell, Francis “Ducky” Oberfoell, Fred Kramer, William Domas, and Gary King,

The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses that cared for Pat over the years.

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