In Memory

Patricia Patterson (Zuelke)

Patricia Patterson (Zuelke)

We received this sad memo from David Zuelke:

My dear wife of 46 years, Patricia Patterson Zuelke, passed away February 18th, 2016.

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03/06/18 07:59 PM #1    

Janet Fay (MacMillan)

Patsy’s husband, David, sent me several emails about their life together,  I will share some of it here.  I mentioned that I knew her in Girl Scouts for many years, and David said,

You might recall that Patti's mother was the troop leader for several years.  She is now 94!  Did you, by chance, go with Patti to a scout camp in Michigan while in high school?  We have lived the past 30 years on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan (near Holland) no more than 20 minutes from where that camp was located.

During our 46 years of marriage, we had three wonderful children; two girls and a boy along with 6 grandchildren and another on the way.  Our oldest daughter has lived in Germany the past twenty years and has three children.  Our son lives nearby and is a middle school art teacher and also has three kids.  Our youngest daughter lives in Northern California and is expecting her first.  Of course, Patti would have been thrilled.  

She loved children and devoted the last ten years of her life working for Head Start both as a teacher and supervisor.  Also taught 4th grade after graduating from Northern Michigan Univ.  

Patti continued to radiate love and joy right up to the end of her long battle with cancer.  She began her other journey February 18th, 2016.   To say we all miss her would be a gross understatement...”

I responded that I didn’t go to the camp in Michigan, but did go on the Victory Chimes for a week with the scouts.  He then responded,

“Patti's brother Donald crewed on the Victory Chimes for several summers and I imagine he was along.  Donald and his wife live near Baltimore.  

Next time I talk to Pauline (Patsy’s mother) I will surely say "Hi" to her for you.  She still lives in her home in West Palm Beach.  At 94, she still has a mind like a steel trap - so long as I catch her before cocktail hour.  After that, all bets are off.  And now I vaguely recall Patti mentioning your name at one time or another.  Also remember that her best friend Judy (Judy Schworm, I believe) lived next door and passed away a number of years ago.  

Sadly, Patti's memory of high school was not so good.  She suffered from low self esteem and never felt as though she fit in.  And other than Judy and a couple others, she didn't have many close friends.  Academically, she was just average - much to her parent's chagrin.  Yet she went on to earn straight A's in grad school.  She was also a talented calligrapher and the best life partner anyone could hope for.”

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