Patricia Alice Hemann passed away on May 12, 2023 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 80.\n\nPat was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Dr. George C. Wood and Nanon DuBois Wood, and grew up in Effingham, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in English, graduating with honors in 1964. On June 19, 1965, Pat married the love of her life, John Hemann Sr., and they raised three sons, John Jr., David, and Michael. While living in Evanston, Illinois, she played an active role in the League of Women Voters. She served as President for one year, and actively participated in the rewriting of the State of Illinois Constitution.\n\nThe family moved to Shaker Hts., Ohio in 1975. Pat attended Cleveland State's Cleveland Marshall College of Law, where she flourished. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and achieved the remarkable distinction of graduating second in her class, all while raising her three young children. After earning her law degree in 1980, Pat clerked for U.S. District Judge W.K. Thomas for two years. She then joined the prestigious law firm of Hahn, Loeser and Parks in Cleveland, Ohio, where she rapidly advanced to became a partner at the firm in 1987.\n\nIn 1994, Pat was appointed the first female Federal Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, where she served until her retirement in 2008. Pat loved the law in all its details and dimensions. She took pride in treating everyone in her courtroom and those who worked with her with dignity and respect, making them feel acknowledged, appreciated, and heard. But Pat's impact extended far beyond her professional achievements. She was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, spouse, mother, grandmother, and friend, whose family was the center of her world. Pat's presence in their lives will continue to be a source of warmth, love, and inspiration.\n\nPat was a trailblazer. She actively worked towards promoting the presence and advancement of women in the field of law, in Cleveland and throughout Ohio. Her efforts paved the way for many aspiring female attorneys and judges, and her impact will be felt for generations to come. However, her advocacy was not limited to the legal world; she spent over a decade tutoring elementary students in Cleveland, providing them with educational support and guidance. She also took a leading role in collecting books for students and libraries in those schools, giving countless children the invaluable gift of literacy and access to reading materials. After retiring to Southern Arizona, Pat continued her tutoring work in Nogales and Rio Rico, Arizona. Most recently, she tutored students at J.B. Wright elementary school in Tucson.\n\nPat dedicated her life to helping others, giving generously to those in need, and speaking for those without a voice. Her legacy will serve as a powerful reminder of the profound impact one person can have on the lives of others. She will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her. She is survived by her brother, George Wood (Mary Pat); her loving husband, John Sr.; her sons, John Jr. (Anne-Christine), David (Laura), and Michael (Arzu); and her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Mario, Gabriella, Henry, Edison, and Lina Patricia.\n\nThere are no gallery images.