Dorothy Patricia Haac, 89, a former longtime resident of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by her family on February 4, 2017 at Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA.
Pat was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She was a 1945 Shaker Heights High School graduate and a 1949 graduate of Duke University, where she majored in chemistry and was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She started her career as a chemist at Hercules but after marriage to her husband, Hans, she became a stay-at-home homemaker and mother to their 4 children. Pat led an active and full life, keeping her mind and body sharp by playing golf at the DuPont Country Club, bridge, quilting, swimming and travel – staying at Elder Hostels. Later in her life, Pat was a unit clerk at Wilmington Hospital, a docent at Winterthur Museum, and volunteered at Hagley Museum and the Ashland Nature Center. She was a member of A.A.U.W. and studied at the Osher Academy of Lifelong Learning. Pat was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant where she served as a Deacon and was active with the church’s community outreach.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Hans J. Haac; her sister, Jacqueline Chinn; and her daughter-in-law, Doe Cherot Haac. She is survived by her 4 children: John Haac of Santa Monica, CA; Nancy Rogachenko (Walter) of Collegeville, PA; Lawrence Haac of Stratford Upon Avon, England; and Thomas Haac (Deborah) of Wilmington; 7 grandchildren: Ryan Haac (Mary Etna), Jillian Hrnicek (Andy), Alex Rogachenko, Kyle Rogachenko (Alissa), Laurel Haac (Michael Keen), Nick and Autumn Haac; 1 great-grandson, Sol Antonio Haac; nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Friends may call from 10am -11am, Saturday, February 18 at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, where a Memorial Service will be held at 11am. The family suggests honoring Pat’s memory by sending a contribution to Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Road, Wilmington, DE 19809 or Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin, DE 19707. Messages of condolence may be sent to