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Patricia Ann (Golden) Grunden

May 6, 1941 — April 28, 2024


Patricia “Pat” Ann (Golden) Grunden, age 82, of Harrisburg, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 28, 2024. Pat was born on May 6, 1941, in Portegville, MO to the late Willard C. Golden and Janette (Fields) Golden. In addition to her parents, Pat is preceded in death by her brother, Gary Golden.


Pat’s survivors include her husband of 51 years, Robert “Bob” George Grunden; her four children: Michael “Mike” Robert Grunden and his wife, Tamara Rife, of Mechanicsburg, PA, Kim Salva of Harrisburg, PA, Terri Miller of Gloucester, VA, Sandra “Sandy” Vestal of Jacksonville, FL; her six grandchildren; her multiple great-grandchildren; her two siblings: Steve Golden and his wife, Beverly, of Granite City, IL, Mary Whitsell of Granite City, IL; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog and animal companion: Sadie.


Pat's favorite pastimes were bowling, softball, playing pinochle, gardening, and horseback riding.  She loved riding Romeo, Tulsa, and Gypsy, her favorite horse. Being a military wife (Air Force) she traveled extensively throughout her life, living in multiple states including New York, Florida, Michigan, and Ohio and countries including the Philippines and Germany where she enjoyed visiting multiple countries.  

She enjoyed being a homemaker, raising her family, baking and cooking delicious homemade dinners which were greatly appreciated! She waitressed at the NCO Club in Germany, managed "Scooperman Ice Cream and Sub Shop" in Highspire, and worked at Isaac's Deli. Pat will be dearly missed by those who were fortunate enough to have known her. 


Pat’s family will be remembering her life privately. Interment will be at the family’s convenience. Cremation was private.


Pat’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral & Cremation in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421. Read Pat’s full obituary, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign her official guest book by visiting

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