Born June 10, 1936 in Cherokee, Iowa, Pat was the daughter of the late K. A. and Anna (Noaard) Florine. On April 25, 1964 she married Rev. Daniel Harry Pokorny, her husband of 26 years. Pat took great joy in supporting her husband's work with deaf congregations in Indianapolis, Washington D.C., and Baltimore and Daniel's post on the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In 1990, Pat returned to college and graduated with a Masters degree and became certified as an orientation and mobility specialist for the blind and visually impaired. She worked at the Bosma Rehabilitation Center for the State of Indiana for ten years. Pat generously volunteered with the National Kidney Foundation, the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, Conner Prairie, and served many roles at her church. She was a skilled and patient gardener. Pat lived an active life seeking new challenges and experiences. She won Blue Ribbons at the Indiana State Fair and Gold medals at the 2006 and 2008 U. S. Transplant Games. Pat lived a life sustained and fulfilled by faith in Christ. She is survived by her children, Philip D. Pokorny (Julie), David A. Pokorny (Michelle) and Dr. Elizabeth Pokorny Fullbright (Matthew), as well as by her grandsons Andrew and Clayton; and her sister, Gladys Flint of Minnesota . Pat was preceded in death by her husband Daniel. A memorial service was held Saturday, November 22 at Advent Lutheran Church in Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to support the Summer Kidney Camp program of the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana (www.kidneyindiana.org) or (800) 382-9971.
Pat volunteered as a counselor and mentor at the annual camp for children ages 8-16 with transplants or chronic kidney disease. The foundation covers the cost of Kidney Camp, which provides a traditional childhood experience that is otherwise not possible. Arrangements are entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan Zionsville. Online condolences may be made at www.flannerbuchanan.com