July 19, 1961 ~ March 22, 2019

Born in: Cleveland, Ohio
Resided in: Aurora, Colorado

Patricia Ann Stephenson (known to her family & friends as Patty) was called home to heaven on March 22, 2019. Her final days were spent in the loving care of her family after complications from diabetes and a stroke.

Patty was born in Cleveland, OH on July 19, 1961, but her family made Colorado their home in 1968. In her 20’s, Patty fell in love with the ocean while living in San Diego, CA. Her favorite vacation spot was on the island of Oahu, where she loved the beach and her favorite Hawaiian band, Cecilio & Kapono.

Her early onset of Type 1 Childhood Diabetes was an obstacle that she learned to overcome. With many health challenges facing her future, she tackled them with courage, determination, and a wonderful sense of humor. She received a new lease on life in 2001 with the gift of a kidney and pancreas transplant. Inspired by their top research, and Patty’s belief that there will be a cure for diabetes, she has bequeathed some of her estate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Patty treasured her family. She was deeply loved by her surviving brothers and sisters: Mary & (Ron) Bollig, Laura Cornia, Jim & (Judy) Suss, Jeanne Coco, and Paul & (Debbie) Suss. Her 20 nieces and nephews meant the world to her and brought her so much joy. Her 12 grand nieces and nephews brought endless smiles and delight to her life.

Patty loved her friends, and they enriched her life. She enjoyed spending time with them, having meals together, going to the movies, sharing pictures on Facebook, laughing and having fun. She always stayed connected with her friends, making them a priority in her life, no matter how many miles separated them.

Patty’s cousins, aunts and uncles were a big part of her life, as well. Gathering together for Bradley Family Reunions every 3 years, from beach towns on the east coast to the Rocky Mountains and in-between, she always knew the importance of continuing to nurture family relationships. Those gatherings brought so much laughter, camaraderie, cherished memories and, most importantly, her love and appreciation for her extended family.

Patty loved to craft and scrapbook – and her passion and talent for it encouraged her sisters, nieces and grand-nieces to participate in the hobby with her. Patty’s favorite restaurant was Hacienda Colorado. It became a joke in the family that we didn’t even need to ask her where she wanted to go for dinner – all roads led to Hacienda. She even ate there twice in the same day.

Patty will be remembered for her ability to laugh so easily, to find joy and happiness all around her, even when life’s circumstances have not always been kind to her. Patty’s positive attitude and outlook on life, her perseverance, and her endurance were and continue to be an inspiration to those who knew her and those who loved her – which is her most precious gift.

Services will be as follows:

Rosary on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 7:00pm @ Horan and McConaty, 11150 E. Dartmouth, Aurora, CO 80014.

Funeral Mass on Thursday, March 28, 2019 @ 1:30pm @ Risen Christ Church, 3060 S. Monaco, Denver, CO 80222.

She will be laid to rest next to her parents, Jim and Ann Suss, at Fairmount Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF):


Recitation of the Rosary : March 27, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Funeral Mass: March 28, 2019 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Risen Christ Catholic Parish
3060 South Monaco Parkway
Denver, CO 80222


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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time. God has promised a time when we will see our loved ones once again. John 5:28,29 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice

  2. We’ve kept Patty in our prayers, just as I know she was praying for us. While I am sad for everyone who will miss her terribly, I can’t help but rejoice in imagining her reunion with Aunt Ann and Uncle Jim, and their delight in taking their beloved Patty to meet her Savior face to face. I would rather be in Denver this Thursday than anywhere else, but sadly, we cannot make the trip. We will be with you all in spirit as you celebrate beautiful Patty. Sending love and prayers and hugs to our dear Colorado Cousins,
    Amy & Jack

  3. Patty was always an inspiration to me and others. She was really an amazing person and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, I am sorry for your loss.

  4. Patty was such a wonderful person and cousin. when I was going through my own kids being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes she sent me books and we would email about all the information coming out and any questions I had and she would help guide me anyway she could. At every Bradley reunion she made sure to spend some time asking Dylan how he was doing and to talk with him about the diabetes. She will be truly missed but I know she is at peace now. Much love from the Singleton family in North Carolina.

    Heather Bo Dylan and Shane
    Cary North Carolina

  5. I was fortunate to meet Patty when we were both students at the University of Colorado. She became a lifelong friend, not only to me, but to my wife and daughter as well. Whenever we visited Denver we always made it a point to get together and always had a great time. Patty dealt with her health issues with incredibly bravery and always maintained a great sense of humor. We miss her a lot.

    Joe, Vicki & Haley Snyder
    Redondo Beach, CA

  6. Oh Patty you will be so missed. I’m so glad I got to visit you in November, and will miss our planned get together for your birthday in July. So glad you were such a happy part of my life from being my roomate in collage, to being in my wedding, to being the godmother to my first child, to being a friend who I could talk and laugh with on the phone for hours. I love you so much.

  7. I, along with my wife Mary Pat were fortunate to know Patty for many years from our friendship which was first bonded at CU. While we lived many miles apart, we always tried to meet when I was traveling for work to The Denver area or when we would be in the region as a family.
    I will forever remember Patty’s laugh and giggle which matched her kind spirit. God blessed our entire Kanaley family to have know her.

  8. The world has lost a little ray of sunshine with Patty’s departure. I will always remember Patty for her smile and how it would light up the room. Understanding her challenges in life, it is clear how precious life was to Patty and why Patty lived life to the fullest. She is a great example of making the most out of life regardless of the challenges the Lord puts at our feet. I will always remember Patty as an inspiration to live life to the fullest and remember how precious life is. Make every moment count. I will keep Jeanne, Mary and all their loved ones in my prayers. May the Lord guide you all and the Holy Spirit grant you all peace during this time.
    God Bless you all,
    Pablo Rivera and Family.

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