With profound sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Patricia (Pat). She was called to her heavenly home on January 12th, 2024. She left us while sleeping peacefully at Rennes Health and Rehab Weston, Wisconsin under the care of Aspirus Care and Comfort Hospice. She was in her 88th year.
Pat was born at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota on August 24, 1935 and attended Monroe High School. She married her husband Donald after the Korean War on April 14, 1954.
Pat witnessed incredible changes to her world, having lived through the great depression and World War II, and the loss of her mother at age 11. Because of her circumstances she helped to raise her younger brothers, Dick and Roger. She spent most of her high school years living with her grandmother. During those years she was proud to say she made most of her own clothing.
Pat lived a full life as a wonderful mother and homemaker. She also worked at St. Mary's hospital in Wausau as a nurse's aid in obstetrics for over twenty years taking care of new born babies. She loved to cook. She kept an immaculate house. A farm girl at heart, gardening was also a passion. She was highly skilled in canning fruits and vegetables. She also enjoyed her weekly outings to local restaurants especially Friday night fish fries. Most of all she loved her family and instilled strong values that have served them well. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
Pat was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in the town of Texas. She was so thankful for her church family who often sent her cards and made visits.
Pat and Don raised two special needs children, Mike and Joyce. They found joy in the role God gave them as parents of such children. They parented as those who knew true joy isn't found in money or property, but in love. One of the Bible passages Pat had circled in her Bible is found in John 15, "As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Remain in My love. I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete."
Pat was predeceased in death by her devoted husband Don, son Michael, brothers Dick and Roger.
Pat is survived by children Peter (Joan) Kampfer, Joyce, Russell (Lori) Kampfer and grandchildren Amy, Trey, Daniel, Karis, Aria, Timothy and step-grandson Blake.
A celebration of Pat's life will be held on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., at Saint Peter Lutheran Church in Wausau, WI. A visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. A private burial will take place at a later date.
Flowers or donations to the church are welcome. Online condolences may be expressed through www.brainardfuneral.com.