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Patricia Criswell Obituary (2021) – New Castle, IN

Patricia Ann “Pat” Criswell, 77, of New Castle died on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at the IU Health Ball Memorial in Muncie. She was born on October 10, 1944 in New Castle, Indiana, to the late Ivan Eugene Bittner and Margaret (Cowan) Brandenburg.

Pat retired from Blue River Schools as a cafeteria manager after 28 years of service. She had also worked as an activity leader in Raintree Square for 7 years. Pat was a member of the Young Moderns Home Ec Club for 50 years and the Red Hat Society for 15 years. She was a breast cancer survivor and was a member of a breast cancer society. A keen bowler, she played in a bowling league for several years and was in two card clubs. Pat loved to crochet and made blankets for nursing homes. She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending the winters in Frostproof, Florida with her husband.

Survivors include her 31-year-old husband Joseph A. Criswell, whom she married on September 1, 1990; Children, Scott (Angie) Curtis from St. Louis, Missouri, Rick Curtis from Mooreland, Kelli (Bruce) Johnson from Modoc, and Kimberly (Brian) Gard from Mooreland; two stepchildren, Amy (Todd) Swardenski from Peoria, Illinois and Aaron Criswell from North Carolina; Grandson, Kirsten (Stephen) Lippmann, John Paul (Heather) Curtis, Kara Curtis, Megan (Austin) Beaver, Lance Johnson, Samantha Davis (special friend, Skylar Saylor), and Sierra (Mason) Brogan; four bootlegs, Kylie Hartline, Alex Adams, Jordan (Scott) Jessee, and Brittany Criswell; 15 great-grandchildren; Brother Richard (Rose) Bittner from Texas; Stepsister Mary (Gale) England from Nashville, Tennessee; seven sisters-in-law; six brothers-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, her stepmother Dorothy Bittner preceded her in death; Stepbrother Dan Tyner; Great-grandchildren Dominic Lippman and Uncle Don and Richard Bittner.

The service will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hinsey Brown Funeral Service in New Castle, with Pastor Paul Baty serving. The burial takes place in the Mooreland Cemetery. The visit takes place from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Saturday in the funeral home.

Commemorative donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, TX 75380. You can express your condolences or send a reminder to Pat at www.

Published by The Courier-Times on November 18, 2021.

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