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Obituary for Patricia Lou Gotz


Our wonderful sister Patty passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020, with all of her sisters by her side after a short but courageous battle with Leiomyosarcoma. Patty was born to Theresa (Korger) and Clarence Gotz on November 8, 1962, in La Crosse, WI. Patty grew up on St. Joseph’s Ridge, graduated high school in 1980 from La Crosse Central, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in December 1984, with a degree in Education. Patty worked in the Milwaukee area for many years and eventually moved back to La Crosse in 2003. Most recently, Patty was employed at Altra Federal Credit Union in the call center. Patty enjoyed working at Altra and felt blessed to be part of a great organization with wonderful co-workers and management. The care and concern shown by Altra during her journey was phenomenal. Patty enjoyed music and was a big Milwaukee sports fan and always looked forward to the annual Gotz family Brewers game and tailgating event. Patty was witty and brilliant accompanied with an adventuresome spirit. Patty liked to teach her nieces and nephews through singing funny, spontaneous, and creative songs. When asked to describe Patty, her nieces and nephews said she was fun, feisty, loyal, strong, reliable, sassy, unapologetically herself, confident, and loved to wear bright lipstick. One of Patty’s strongest characteristics was her bravery, which not only showed in the past 10 months, but in 1987 when she unselfishly donated one of her kidneys to her sister Pauline. From this gift, Pauline was able to live an additional 22 years. Patty was our quiet hero. Patty is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Theresa, sister Pauline, and newborn niece Amy Craig. Patty is survived by her siblings: Phyllis (Mike) Craig; Charlotte (John) Hershey; Alice (Jeff) Clements; Ken (Laurel) Gotz; Mary (Mark) Schuttenhelm and Carol (Jeff) Mohring. Her treasure chest of nieces and nephews: Michelle Craig; Corey and Carl Hershey, and Colette (Brian) Spranger; Ryan Clements (Holly Meier); Ashley (Blaine) Sondreal, Rob (Cassie) Gotz, and Sandy Gotz; Luke (Miranda) Schuttenhelm and Anna Schuttenhelm; Spencer (Michelle) Mohring, and Clare and Natalie Mohring. Grand nieces and nephews, Reed Spranger, Logan, Brycen, and Jordan Sondreal, Lucas, Annie, and Lacie Gotz, Alek and Ali Gotz, Jace Clements, Myles Mohring-Smith, and Maddie Charbameau. Funeral Services will be at the St. Joseph Ridge Parish Church, Saturday, March 14, 2020. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. with a service at 11 a.m. We would like to thank Dr. Karen Cowan, the Hospice Care team Jodi, Trin, Gloria, Liz, Chaplain Kristin, and the wonderful staff in the Intensive Care unit at Mayo Clinic. Until we meet again Patty, may God hold you in the palm of His hand, and may you rest in peace. We will miss you Patty!