Obituary: Patricia R. (Kimel) Dart

Former Clearwater resident Patricia Rae (Kimel) Dart died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at the age of 84. Pat passed peacefully in her apartment at Horizon House in Anchorage, surrounded by family and friends.

Pat was born on Feb. 14, 1933, in Clearwater to Herschel Raymond Kimel and Marie Cooper Kimel. Pat had one older sister, Maurine Kimel Blackwell. Pat attended elementary through high school in Clearwater, and graduated in May 1950.

Pat attended the Kansas State Teacher College of Emporia (now known as Emporia State University), and received a bachelors of science and education in 1956. Pat went on to receive a master equivalency in education in later years.

Pat married Julian Lauterbach from Clearwater in 1953. The couple had one daughter, Sharon Kaylene. Pat taught kindergarten and first grade in the Clearwater Elementary School from 1956 to 1961. She was a member and organist at the First Christian Church in Clearwater. Pat and Julian were divorced in 1957.

Pat married Donald Leroy Dart in 1961. The couple had two daughters, Donna Marie and Susan Raydene. The family settled in Coalinga, Calif., in 1962. Pat taught kindergarten and first grade at Avenal Elementary School from 1963 to 1969. Pat was an organist at the American Baptist Church in Coalinga.

The family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1969. Pat was a skilled and avid pianist and organist, so her talents were always in demand to play at weddings and memorial services as an accompanist, or to provide music for special events. Pat was an organist at the Free Methodist Church in Anchorage, a member and organist at the First Christian Church in Anchorage, and most recently an organist at the Turnagain United Methodist Church in Anchorage.

Pat was a kindergarten teacher in the Anchorage School District from 1969 to 1995. She taught at Wonder Park Elementary, Northwood Elementary and Williwaw Elementary schools.

Pat was active in the education and masonic communities in Anchorage. She was a member and musician for Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Zeta Chapter; NEA-Alaska; Alaska Retired Educators Association; and the Central Alaska Retired Teachers Association. Pat also was a lifetime member and musician for the Order of the Eastern Star, Denali Chapter #16; Order of the Eastern Star, Mat-Su Valley Chapter #14; and Alaska Court #1, Order of the Amaranth.

Pat was a member of the Fiers-Brown Society of the Christian Church Foundation.

“Pat was actively involved with her family, surrounded by friends and playing music throughout her life,” her family noted. “We can’t recall a time that Pat wasn’t playing piano or organ for an event. She was a dedicated and passionate musician and we will miss her terribly”.

The last few months of Pat’s life were happily spent at Sisters of Providence Horizon House in Anchorage. Pat quickly made friends with several of the residents, and she became engaged in day-to-day activities. Pat always was quick to note that the welcoming atmosphere from both residents and staff at Horizon House was remarkable. Pat considered herself blessed to have been a part of the residency at Horizon House.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Marie Cooper Kimel (1971) and Herschel Raymond Kimel (1983); her husband, Don (1989); her sister, Maurine Kimel Blackwell (2016); and brother-in-law, Robert L. Blackwell (2017).

Pat leaves behind Anchorage family members, Sharon Kaylene Dart, daughter; Donna Marie Dart, daughter; Susan Dart DiMaggio, daughter; Sheri Seeds, niece; James Peter DiMaggio, son-in-law; Lauren DiMaggio Jorgensen, granddaughter; Dustin Jorgensen, grandson-in-law; and Dylan Andrew Jorgensen and Owen Riley Jorgensen, beloved great-grandsons.

A musical tribute and Celebration of Life will be held for Pat on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church, located at 524 Wood Street in Clearwater. Pastor Dustin Morris will preside, with special organ music being provided by Carmen Dunbar.

Pat will be buried with other family members in the Clearwater Memorial Cemetery in Clearwater.

In lieu of flowers, Pat’s family requests that you consider a donation to DKG, Zeta Chapter (scholarship for young women entering the field of education). Contact Kati Rogness at 2220 Sorbus Way, Anchorage, AK 99508.

Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.wsmortuary.com.