Patricia "Pat" J. Jensen (Grulkowski) 77, of Wausau, WI passed away on November 18, 2022 after a long battle with Lymphedema. Patricia was born on April 6, 1945 to William and Eloise Jensen in California. She was born and raised there until she was a Senior in High School. Her family then picked up and moved to Big Bearskin Island in Harshaw WI where she finished and graduated at Rhinelander High School in 1963.
The summer before her Senior year in High School she met Jerome (Jerry) Grulkowski and they wed in November of 1964. They immediately started their family and she decided to devote her life to being a mother and raising three girls, Deborah (Debby), Doreen (Dodi) and Sherry. After her kids were grown she decided to go back to school and get her accounting degree. She graduated with high honors and pursued a career as an accountant. Pat was a passionate gardener. Canning and freezing fruits and vegetables to last throughout the entire year. She was a woman of many talents and thoroughly enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing clothes and cross stitching. Not to mention, she was also a great cook. Pat was always there to support her family through their many passions as well as help them through the difficulties in their lives. Whether that was helping those in need she would do what she could to help whether it be monetary or emotional support. When Pat was not filling her home with warmth and good food she could be found Up North on Big Bearskin Lake where her mother and father and Aunt Eloise each had a house on a 13 acre island. She also absolutely loved the lake and would spend many hours swimming with her grandkids and snorkeling. We will miss her greatly.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents William and Eloise Jensen, her brother Bill Jensen and her granddaughter Demiah Angel Glodowski.
She is survived by the father of her children Jerome Grulkowski, her sister Cathy Jensen, her brother Jack (Sheri) Jensen, her daughter Debby Grulkowski, her daughter Dodi (Bob) Heil, her daughter Sherry (Dean) Oakes. All of her grandchildren: Nathan Grulkowski, Danielle (Glodowski) Thompson, Brea Heil, Paige Oakes, Keaton Glodowski, Kiara Glodowski and Drew Oakes. Lastly, great grandchild Adalynn Thompson who was truly blessed to have met her great grandmother before she passed away.
A Visitation will be held on December 22, 2022 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at Brainard Funeral Home in Wausau (522 Adams Street Wausau WI 54403).