Ada Mae Wurst Patterson
Ada Mae Wurst Patterson, 101 years old, died January 15, 2012, at Foothills Retirement Home, where she had lived since 2007.
She was born July 25, 1910, in Ochlochnee, Ga. (Thomas County), oldest daughter of William Henry and Minnie Giles Wurst. She was married in 1942 to Jack Holland Patterson, who died in 1986. They had one daughter, Mada Holland Patterson Johnston, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., with her husband Joseph Johnston. She had two sisters and five brothers, one of whom survives, the Rev. Dr. Rodney Wurst of Beaver Creek, Ohio, with his wife, Frances, and several children and grandchildren. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. She attended Brenau College and Emory University. Mr. and Mrs. Patterson moved to Dahlonega in 1979, shortly after retirement, and joined Grace Episcopal Chapel.
She taught piano and voice, and was choir director and/or organist at several churches, the last being Dahlonega Presbyterian Church, where she had been a member since the late 1980s. She initiated the annual Festival of Psalms in the 1990s, which brought together the choirs of several local churches on the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving.
In addition to music, she enjoyed her pets, gardening, sewing, quilting, and painting (mostly watercolor); her quilts hung in several municipal buildings and state park lodges; and her paintings were exhibited in art shows from Dahlonega to Atlanta, including an exhibit that toured the state sponsored by the Georgia Council for the Arts. She gave one of her paintings to President Jimmy Carter’s mother, Lillian, with whom she corresponded for a number of years. She donated to the Lumpkin County Library a collection of Christmas trees decorated with items she had made by hand. She loved cats and was never without one since 1946, when she brought home Chessie for her two-year-old daughter. At the age of 81, she adopted her first dog, Poppy, when she rescued an abandoned puppy.
She requested that there not be a funeral. A memorial service will be held in the spring. She also requested no flowers; in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church, 150 Warwick St., Dahlonega 30533; also PAWS Humane Society, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega, 30533, from which she selected the beloved cat Peaches for her retirement home.
Neven Taylor Marcelic
Neven Taylor Marcelic, age 34 of Dahlonega, died Saturday, January 14, 2012, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January, 21, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Warm Springs, in Warm Springs, Ga.
Mr. Marcelic was born February 25, 1977 in Vineland, New Jersey, a son of Mladen “Mike” Marcelic and Mary Louise Taylor Marcelic. During his youth he attended Woodridge Elementary School in Stone Mountain, Ga., and was a 1995 graduate of Roswell High School. Afterwards, he attended the University of Connecticut where he majored in Puppetry Arts.
He worked as an intern with the Jim Henson family of “Muppet” fame and later worked four years as a Puppeteer with a Children’s Puppetry Arts group in Roswell, Ga. He had worked several years as an assistant buyer for Diamond Brand Outdoors in Asheville, N.C. and was an avid outdoorsman, hiker and camping enthusiast. He was a certified Wilderness First Responder and also enjoyed photography. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Louise Taylor Marcelic.
Survivors include his father, Mladen “Mike” Marcelic and his wife Helen Claussen Marcelic of Warm Springs, Ga.; a sister, Taylor Marcelic Acton and her husband Phillip of Trussville, Al.; two nieces, Violet Louise Opazo and Callie Nicole Acton, and a nephew, Brian David Acton all of Trussville. Other surviving family members include several aunts, uncles and cousins in Georgia, California, Nevada, New Jersey, and in the country of Croatia.
Flowers will be accepted or those who desire may make memorial contributions to the Ronnie Green Heart Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 115, Gainesville, Ga. 30501.
Online condolences may be offered at www.ssmfuneralhomes.com.
Smith-Steele-Meadows Funeral Home, Manchester, Ga. is in charge of arrangements, (706) 846-3131.