Patricia Ann (Kamenick) Arntsen

Patricia Ann (Kamenick) Arntsen

MADISON-Patricia Ann (Kamenick) Arntsen peacefully passed away the morning of June 4, 2014, at her home at Oakwood Village in Madison, Wisconsin.

She found joy and happiness in all parts of life. She not only saw the glass as half full, she delighted in every drop of it. Pat was born Oct. 13, 1932, at her grandparents’ home in rural Marathon County, Wisconsin. She grew up with her five brothers and three sisters in central and northern Wisconsin, graduating from Laona High School in 1950. She received a scholarship to attend nursing school at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, became a registered nurse, and practiced her profession for over forty-five years in Marshfield, Madison, Eau Claire, Tomah and Waukesha, retiring in 1997. Along the way she received a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College. She loved nature, classical music, travel, her Irish heritage, and her family.

She collected teapots and pets, and crafted scores of beautiful and unique quilts, which she delighted in giving away to friends and family. They are treasures we all will cherish. She sang in choirs that performed in Ireland and France, and loved to travel throughout the country. She loved her children and grandchildren, and reveled in family events. Although afflicted by multiple ailments, she always did the best with what she had, and loved every minute of it.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Mae Kamenick, and her brothers Marlon and Terrence Kamenick. She is survived by six siblings, Lois Coleman, LaVerne (Natalie) Kamenick, Madonna (Roger) Wickingson, Toni Jean (Tom) Kettwig, Duaine (Carol) Kamenick, and Vaughn (Patsy) Kamenick; five children, Allen Arntsen (Elizabeth Erickson), Andrew Arntsen, Peggy (Derek) Popp, Pete Arntsen, and Amy Arntsen; nine grandchildren, Quinn Arntsen (Halley Lauer), Rose Arntsen, Tara Arntsen, Lia Arntsen, Alex Popp, Mariah Popp, Arlo Arntsen, Claire Pevehouse, and Ava Pevehouse; and her beloved cat, Jack.

A memorial service will be held at the RESURRECTION CHAPEL AT OAKWOOD VILLAGE, 6901 Mineral Point Road, Madison, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7, with a reception to follow. All who knew and loved Pat are welcome.

Memorials in Pat’s name may be gifted to Wisconsin Public Radio, Madison Opera, and the Pheasant Branch Creek Conservancy.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson West
Funeral & Cremation Care
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