Patricia J. Besancon

Birth Date: 
Monday, December 19, 1927
Date of Passing: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

WOOSTER – Patricia J. Besancon, 92, of Wooster passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare in Wooster.

She was born December 19, 1927 in Wooster the daughter of Clarence and Bess McAfee Koontz.  She married Justin F. Besancon on August 10, 1948 at St. Genevieve Catholic Church of Calmoutier in Fredericksburg.  He preceded her in death 1997.

Pat was a graduate of the Wooster Business College and had been an editor at the Daily Record, retiring in 1987.  She was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  Pat was an avid euchre player and a long-time volunteer at People To People Ministries.

Her greatest joy was loving on her children and grandchildren who will miss her tremendously.

Surviving is her daughter, Jane Robbins of Wooster; grandchildren Jill Robbins of Wadsworth, Lisa (Chet) Dunlap of Wooster, Mark Robbins of Wooster, Janelle Ellison of New Hampshire, Justin Besancon and Quentin Besancon, both of Massachusetts; brother-in-law Walt (Mary Sue) Besancon and a sister-in-law Mary “Tid” Besancon.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and sons Mark Besancon and David Besancon.

There will be no calling hours and private family services will be held at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to People To People Ministries, 454 E. Bowman St., Wooster, OH 44691

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

People To People Ministries, 454 E. Bowman St., Wooster, OH 44691.


Private family services will be held at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.


Lived beside Pat at Millbrook years ago,such a lovely lady.

I am so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. The neighborhood will not be the same and she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane and the remainder of the family.

We were saddened to hear of Pat’s passing. I, Sharon, worked with her at the Record, and she was such a pleasant person to be around. She was always so happy and cheerful at our monthly get-togethers. Thoughts and prayers are with you, her family.

Jane, Jill, Lisa and Mark - I am so sorry for your loss. Let me know what I can do. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I am so sorry to hear that my dear friend and Wooster High school classmate has passed away. She was a dear friend and we had lots of good time together. Our luncheons for the class were always fun each month and she was always dedicated and there at each lunch. I will miss my friend Pat. My condolences and thoughts are with her wonderful family that she spoke of often with great pride and joy.
Love Sally. Williams

Jane and family, I am so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. She has been my neighbor for most of my life. She was just a wonderful person, loved by so many in this neighborhood. I will miss seeing go up the road and waving to me or stopping by just to say hello. May she rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

I am so sorry to hear of Patricia’s passing. She truly was a wonderful woman. Praying for peace for you all as you go about the days ahead.

Pat's warmth and cheerfulness were legendary. A valued colleague at The Daily Record, she showed me many kindnesses over the years. My condolences to Jane and the rest of the family.

Jane & the rest of the family : Deepest sympathy for the passing of your Mother,Pat was a lovely lady just like her mother Bess. They were both warm friendly ladies.May you have peace knowing she is wrapped in Jesus arms with the loved ones who have preceded her.

Jane and family. I am sorry to hear of the death of your Mother. I only knew her for a short time. I so glad I got to see her last Thursday and it has been an honor to have done her hair. She will be missed. I really enjoyed talking with her.

To the family of Pat - I do not know you but yet I do from what she shared about you. She was a special and caring person. I volunteered with her at People To People on Tuesday afternoons.Being able to volunteer there meant so much to her, even when it became difficult for her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jane, you have my deepest sympathy. I also worked with Pat for many years, beginning in 1972 when I became head photographer at the Daily Record.
I will make a contribution to the Wayne County Hospice in her memory.

We would like to send our sympathy to Jill Robbins & family of Pat Besancon. Roy fixed her mower for many yrs & she was so sweet to him. She will be missed!

I worked with Pat at The Daily Record many years ago and admired how she could combine a businesslike demeanor and commitment to work with a quiet warmth and stability that helped knit the newsroom together. My condolences and prayers.

Jane & family, so very sorry, she was such a very sweet & kind-hearted lady and she will be deeply missed. Thoughts, prayers & hugs to all of you.

I also worked with Pat for many years st People to People. What a lovely special lady for you to have as a member of your family

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