Patsy, 83 years of age, passed away Saturday night, May 25, 2019 at 7:12 P.M. in Milwaukee, with her daughter Cheryl, praying by her side.
Patsy was born at home on the family farm in the Town of Stiles, Wisconsin on November 19, 1935 to Leo and Jen (Pawlak) Gauthier. She was the second of 11 children.
As a child, she attended St. Anthony School, Oconto Falls; had chores like picking green beans and pickles, and weeding in the garden; played the usual outdoor childhood games and liked to watch fireflies at night; belonged to the 4-H Club; and later won ribbons at the State Fair for baking.
She attended St. Joseph’s Academy in Ashwaubenon, WI in her freshman year, and Oconto Falls High School for the remaining three, where she was active in the Annual Staff (yearbook); Chorus; Dramatics and Forensics; GRA (Girls’ Rodeo Association?); The Gleanings (school newspaper); Prom Committee; Latin Club; Speech Club.
After high school, Patsy attended St. Norbert College for a short time. She moved to Milwaukee and worked as a switchboard operator and executive secretary at MSOE where she met Charles.
They married at St. Anthony Church in Oconto Falls on May 12, 1956. She worked while Charles attended MSOE. In the 1960s, she also held Tupperware and Queen’s Way parties to generate income. She was active as a member and in some cases, founder, in many clubs and organizations, including (but probably not limited to) the Oconto County Historical Society, Milwaukee County Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, Wisconsin State Old Cemetery Society (founding member), Belgian Club, Polanki (Polish Women’s Cultural Club of Milwaukee), and the Holiday Folk Fair. She was a genealogist, and made two trips to Europe to research family trees, making good use of her conversational French.
She liked picnics in the park, playing the organ, Sunday drives, ballroom dancing, polka dancing at family weddings, family gatherings and traditional holiday celebrations; and playing many different card and board games. She also liked browsing at five-and-dime stores, book sellers, and thrift shops.
In her later years, her favorite way of saying goodbye was, “Go with God; God go with you.”
Patricia is survived by her six children — Daniel, Milwaukee; Cheryl, Milwaukee; Michael (Judy), Sheboygan Falls; Jonathan, Elkhorn; Laura, West Allis; James (Julie), Wauwatosa; nine grandchildren– Jeremy, Nicolle, Jessica, Jaime, Joshua, Melissa, Ian, Eva, Dyllon; three great-grandchildren — Charlie, Antonio, and one great-granddaughter soon to be born, Madison Patricia; nine siblings — Joan (Elroy), Margaret (Len), Leo (Dolores), Helen (Richard), William (Marjie), Victor, Robert (Marianne), Denise (Howard), Susan; many cousins, nieces, nephews, some great-, and some great-great. She will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her dad (Leo), her sister (Mary Walske), and her mom (Jen).
There will be visitation at Witkowiak Funeral Home, 529 W. Historic Mitchell St, Milwaukee on Thursday, June 6, from 10:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M.
Patsy will be transported by foot procession to a Requiem Mass, across the street at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, from 1:00 to 2:15 P.M. Casket will be carried up the church steps by eight pallbearers.
Immediately following the mass, a funeral procession* will make its way to St. Adalbert Cemetery for a graveside service, from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
Patricia will be buried near her mom’s maternal grandparents, Alexsander Mioduszewski and Tekla Mioduszewska, and their ten-year-old son, Kazimierz.
Family members and close friends are invited to Patsy’s former home at 1515 N. 47th Street, Milwaukee from 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. for a buffet supper.
* Please note:
Funeral processions do not stop for stop signs, stop lights, or other traffic (except for emergency vehicles and school buses with red flashing lights). All other vehicles not in the procession must give way. Everyone needs to arrive on time, so the cemetery workers can close the grave by the end of their day.
Photos may be viewed and / or downloaded at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1WXFD-VPNP02I-8axK1JrygILG8LFSy6u?usp=sharing