Born in Chicago on Sept. 2, 1928 to Harold F. and Mildred E. (McCluskey) Sweeney, Patricia Ann (Sweeney) Rains (now 92 years old), a city girl, met and fell in love with a farm boy. Flying cross-country with her father in his co-owned single-engine plane might have contributed to her entering Purdue’s Aeronautical Engineering program and meeting her future husband, Donald Keith Rains, a WWII B-29 pilot and noted fast pitch softball player. They bought property in Antioch, and built a brick ranch home (designed by Pat) with a spacious yard for imagining and exploring.
Pat is survived by her children, Mark (Cheryl) Rains of Maine, Mike (Gisela) Rains of Michigan, Donna (Richard) Clearman of Minnesota, Deana (Kevin) Brown of Missouri and Darla (Keith) Schoettmer of Indiana; 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren with one more on the way. She cheered for innumerable sporting events (never missed even one), encouraged kids to play instruments and participate in band, variety shows, theater performances, and insisted they excel in school. All five kids earned college degrees. Many of Pat’s lifelong friendships grew from church activities and through her kids’ social groups. She was a member of United Methodist Church then Antioch Christian Church.