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Marian (Patty) Windes Callahan

Obituary for Marian (Patty) Windes Callahan

June 19, 1937 - May 8, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 80


Marian (Patty) Windes Callahan, 80, of Austin, TX died Tuesday May 8, 2018 at home in the Longhorn Village retirement community in Austin. She was retired from the U.S. Dept. of Defense as a Thai Linguist and branch chief. Patty was married to Fritz Callahan for nearly 60 years. They met at Lawrence College in Appleton, WI, in 1954. By way of introduction Patty soaked the back of Fritz's neck with water from a spray bottle in chem lab. This kicked off a nearly 64 year relationship in which Patty never lost this subversive sense of humor. They saw each other nearly every day in college and got married in 1958, a few days after graduation.

Patty was a devoted and wise wife, mother, and friend. Known for her beautiful smile, sweet and steady disposition, semi-adventurous nature and a lightning wit which never failed to astound and entertain her husband and caused laughter amongst most of the people with whom she spoke.

Patty was naturally musical, playing in a Chicago youth orchestra and singing in operettas at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL. All three of her children inherited her musicality.

Patty was a fast and avid reader until the end. She owned and loved four dogs over the course of her life, especially the two Border Terriers named Toby and Tyler (after the 1937 children's book, "Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks With a Circus") who lived for almost 17 years and passed in 2015, just before Patty and Fritz moved to Longhorn Village. She is sure to meet them all again at the legendary "Rainbow Bridge," located just this side of heaven

Defying stereotypes, Patty owned and rode motorcycles as well as riding pillion behind Fritz and sometimes falling asleep there on many trips in England, including a one-week tour of Ireland with friends.

As a child, Patty camped with her family in the western U.S. using WWII surplus equipment. So she was up for camping with her young family in Europe with modern equipment while they were stationed in England. During one particularly cold German Spring, Patty got a terrible earache and had to cure it with a bottle of gin.

Patty managed her own antiques shop in Annapolis, MD for a couple years in 70s, using the goods and knowledge she acquired during her time in England.

Cancer that Patty thought was cured 10 years ago recurred. It was kept at bay for nearly two more years.

Patty is survived by her husband, Fritz Callahan of Longhorn Village, his sister Minna Smith and her husband Mark Smith of Thiensville, WI.
She is also survived by three children: Suzanne Minna Tyburski of Bethesda, MD (and her husband Scott Tyburski) Jean Vogdes Callahan of Newfield, NY (whose partner Phil McCray passed in 2016) and William Rahr Callahan of Austin, TX (and his wife Hanly Banks Callahan).
She is survived by her sisters Nancy Ross of Burlington, VT., Peg Burt of Spokane, WA and her brother Frank Windes of Sonoma, CA.

Patty is also survived by three grandchildren -- Lydia and Cory Tyburski (children of Suzanne) and Bass Walter Callahan (son of William).

Special gratitude goes out to Longhorn resident and close friend of Patty's, Claudette Wakefield, Longhorn resident Mary Juan Harris, and daughter-in-law Hanly Callahan for their interest in Patty during her final months.

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