My aunt Pat died on Sunday. She was very kind to me my first summer at Interlochen Arts Camp. She worked in the Academic Library and I spent a lot of time in the library reading back issues of art magazines and Aldous Huxley novels. I really appreciated a friendly face, I felt so alone that summer. The world is a better place because she was in it and will feel the loss now that she has left.
Partricia Lu Banghart, 82, of Interlochen passed away November 16, 2014 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.
Patty was born on November 14, 1932 in North Muskegon to the late Henry and Frances (Reed) Mallett.
In 1980, Patty married Edward Philip Banghart at All Saints Lutheran Church in Traverse City. Ed preceded Patty in death in 2013.
Patty earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education from the University of Michigan. Her career brought her to Interlochen where she taught for Traverse City Public Schools and was a member of the Michigan Music Teachers Association. Patty enjoyed teaching students how to play the piano. Patty also spent decades on staff at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she was active in the choir. Patty also enjoyed nature and loved to be outdoors.
Patty is survived by her son Reed (Diana) Anderson of Sylvania, OH, son Paul (Cheryl) Anderson of Los Alamos, NM, step-daughter Dawn Banghart of Woodside, CA, step-son Thomas Banghart of West Hollywood, CA, and grandsons Max and Ian Anderson of Sylvania, OH.
Patty was preceded in death by her son Erik Alfred Anderson.
A memorial service celebrating Patty’s life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions in memory of Patty may be directed to Interlochen Center for the Arts (P.O. Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643) or to the Grand Traverse Pavilions (Elm: 1000 Pavilions Circle, Traverse City, MI 49684).