Patricia Talik Hale
Patricia Talik Hale
  • April 18, 1931 - May 23, 2017
  • Mears, Michigan

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Patricia "Patti" Talik Hale, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan to the late Frank and Belle Talik, Patti attended Guardian Angel Elementary School and Dominican High School. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Patti met Richard Hale in 1947 at F&M Coffee on the east side of Detroit. The two wed in 1954, following Richard's release from active duty in the Navy. Patti taught at grade schools in the Battle Creek public school system and tutored students in remedial math and reading. While raising their three children, Betsy, James, and Paul, Patti decided to pursue a Master's degree in Reading Education from Western Michigan University. She graduated in 1975. In addition to Battle Creek, Patti's teaching career included elementary schools in Arizona, Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Patti's life was not without challenges. She fought and overcame the odds to beat breast cancer twice. After their youngest son, a police officer, Detective Paul Hale, was killed in the line of duty in Raleigh, Richard and Patti were determined not to be victims, but to devote themselves to supporting the families of public safety officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. The 200 Club of Wake County of North Carolina was created for this purpose. Patti was a passionate supporter and advocate of public safety officers and became a surrogate mother to the Raleigh Police Department.

Throughout her life, Patti was a devout Catholic and allowed her faith to guide her. Patti and Richard practiced daily prayer, truly embodying the very prayers that they recited each day, such as Psalm 37:5, "Give yourself to the Lord, trust in Him and He will help you." Patti lived an exceptional life, defined by sharing her kindness and joyful spirit with those around her, and freely giving to others. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her selflessness and her warmth, always greeting others with a hug and sometimes a kiss. Patti enjoyed playing the piano, March Madness basketball, watching the sun set from their "quarter deck" on Lake Michigan, happy hours that began at 5:00PM on the dot, and spending time with their many lifelong friends. Patti was fiercely devoted to her husband and her family. Throughout her life, Patti gave countless hours to her community and church. One of her favorite activities was volunteering at the Ravenscroft School library in Raleigh where two of her granddaughters attended school, was a matriarch and mother-figure to her many nieces and nephews, and never failed to remember a birthday, upcoming event, or the first day of a new season. She will be remembered as a steady, strong woman who impacted many.

Patti was predeceased in death by her son, Paul Hale of Raleigh, son-in-law, Frank Fila of Chester, New Jersey, sister Shirley Damm and niece, Judy Damm, both of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.

Patti is survived by her husband of 62 years, Richard Hale; daughter, Betsy Fila of Chester, New Jersey and son, James Hale of Winter Garden, FL; daughter in law, Connie Hale of Lexington, KY, grandchildren, Geoff Fila and wife, Jen Fila of Wilton, CT, Amy Bryant and husband, Scott Bryant of Chatham, NY, Jessie Tesh and husband, Adam Tesh of Raleigh, NC, Stephie Norris and husband, Josh Norris of Charlotte, NC, Katherine Fila of New York, NY, Isabel, Preston, and Hampton Hale of Winter Garden, FL, ; great-grandchildren, Brennan and Gregory Fila, Samantha and Jack Bryant, Parker and Dylan Tesh, Avery and Beckett Norris; a sister, Mary Arini and husband, Mitch Arini of Chesterfield Township, MI, a brother, Jim Talik and wife, Francine Talik of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 3-6 pm on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC.

The funeral service will be at 11 am Friday, June 2, 2017 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, located at 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park, with a repast to follow. A Memorial Service will be held later this summer near Lake Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The 200 Club of Wake County. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.