Patricia Ann Letcher
Patricia Ann Letcher (nee Noonan) of Fort Atkinson passed away on February 21, 2014 after a brief illness and a long, rich life. She died surrounded by her family in her home of 55 years.
Pat was born on January 21, 1925 in Chicago, IL. She was the first daughter of Dr. William and Ema (nee Blaska) Noonan.
She attended Sacred Heart Grade and High School in Chicago and then spent two years at Rosemont College in Philadelphia, PA. She spoke fondly of her time on the East Coast during the war years. Sitting in a park across the street from the White House, she envisioned Roosevelt and Churchill sharing cognac and tobacco as they discussed world events. Deciding to major in journalism, she transferred to Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and obtained a degree in 1946.
At Northwestern, she met Thomas W. Letcher and they were married in August, 1948. Shortly after the wedding they moved to Minneapolis, MN and relocated to Fort Atkinson in 1954. Over the next 60 years, Pat embraced the community she grew to love. She loved bridge club and Women’s club right up until her recent illness, and she and Tom were founding and avid members of the Club 46 social club. Golf was a passion she inherited from her father, and her piano talents entertained her kids for many years.
She raised her family of seven children with an attention-getting bark (never a bite) and unconditional love, a virtue often tested. She encouraged their independence but was always a dependable touchstone and confidante. She was an avid traveler in her retirement years and enjoyed spending winters in Scottsdale, AZ. She was a woman of class and dignity. She will be forever missed, loved and honored.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her sister Dorothy Deppen (Henderson, NC) and seven children: Kathleen Kale (Keith), Minneapolis, MN; Tom Letcher, Jr (Candace), Milwaukee, WI; Dan Letcher (Cathy), Brookfield, IL; Anne Greif (Doug), Neenah, WI; Jamie Letcher (Nancy), Madison, WI; Lisa Boehm (Jerry), Tempe, AZ and Laura Fischer (Todd), Milwaukee, WI. She was immensely proud of her 17 grandchildren and overjoyed with the arrival of her first great grandchild on her most recent birthday.
The family extends tremendous gratitude to the angels of mercy from Rainbow Hospice and Visiting Angels. The spiritual guidance of Father Brian and Ann Lynch of St. Joseph Church was compassionate and comforting.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to St. Joseph Catholic School in Fort Atkinson or Rainbow Hospice in Jefferson.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 on Thursday, February 27 before the funeral mass at 11:30 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson, WI.
Burial will follow afterwards at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
The Dunlap Memorial Home is assisting the family.
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