Patty graduated from Hayden High School in Topeka, KS. Afterwards, Patty received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Kansas City Kansas Community College and her Bachelor’s of Nursing from Central Missouri State University. She started her career as a Registered Nurse in the surgery department at North Kansas City Hospital. Afterwards, she worked in occupational health nursing at General Motors, Magna Seating Systems, and Harley Davidson. After retiring from Harley Davidson, Patty transitioned to her most cherished and loved occupation, which was being “Nana” to her nine grandchildren, who she considered perfect and a piece of her heart.
In a rather unconventional move for Patty, she joined and served in the Army Reserves for three years, where she played the flute in an all-female military band. In the final year of service, she was able to transfer into her father’s unit at the armory in Kansas City, KS, where he was the commanding officer (Colonel Francis Prohaska). Patty left the miliary life behind when she was honorably discharged in 1977, but you could still hear her flute skills in later days at church or while accompanying her children on the piano.
After retiring from nursing, Patty would commonly volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at St. Therese parish. Patty also volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader, a Cub Scout Leader, and as a school nurse.
She also loved to spend time with family and friends, especially when playing pickleball and bunco, although there were some of us who suspected “bunco” was just an excuse to hang out with friends and drink wine. Regardless, Patty loved being with her family and friends.
She married Peter Anthony Walker on May 29, 1976, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Topeka. In addition to Peter, survivors include her three beloved children and their spouses: Anna Marie Guastello (Joe) of Parkville, MO, Dr. Peter Anthony Walker (Patricia) of Houston, TX, and Paul Joseph Walker (Rebecca) of Shawnee, KS; her beloved grandchildren: Joseph, Ava, John, Ella, Elizabeth, Emma, Grace, and Kathryn; and her siblings: Joseph Anthony (Tony) Prohaska, Susan (Prohaska) Nyp, Ruth (Prohaska) Sample, Timothy Prohaska, and William Prohaska. She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Anthony Guastello.
Funeral services have been set for Thursday, October 6, 2022. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, with the Mass of Christian Burial commencing at 7:00 p.m. A private family Committal Service will take place at Resurrection Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Sister Servants of Mary or to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Therese and may be left in care of the funeral home.