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Obituary for Patsy L. "Pat" Sullivan


Pat L. Sullivan passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, April 4, 2020, in La Crosse, Wisconsin (after a brief, courageous battle with cancer). Pat was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on October 6, 1934, to Alice Billings Jande and Walter Jande. She married Robert A. Sullivan on June 10, 1955, also in La Crosse. Pat and Bob were married for nearly 65 years. After returning from the Navy, the Sullivan’s settled in La Crosse and started a family. Bob worked as a carpenter and building inspector while Pat stayed home with their three children: Kathleen, Robert, and Kelly. Pat was also a dedicated volunteer at the Hillview Nursing Home in La Crosse for 41 years. Upon retirement Pat and Bob enjoyed traveling, music and dancing, family genealogy, and history. They were both active in many church and community events and activities. Pat was also an excellent baker; she made the best brownies! Pat was preceded in death by her parents and her older sister, June, She is survived by her husband, Robert; her oldest daughter, Kathy Sullivan (La Crosse, WI): her son, Robert, (Amy) Sullivan (Superior, WI): her youngest daughter, Kelly (La Crosse, WI); her grandchildren, Ben (Val) Ludwigson, Derek (Whitney) Beier, Tyler and Ashley Smith, Liam Sullivan, and Erin Almquist. Pat loved her family fiercely. She lived life with grit and grace; and had a heart of gold. She will be dearly missed and always loved. The Sullivan family would like to thank Pat’s medical team at Gundersen Health System and Gundersen Hospice caregivers for their unyielding compassionate care and kindness. A Celebration of Pat’s life will begin with a service at 1 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2020, at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Woodruff Chapel, 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse. The celebration will continue from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 1932 Ward Avenue, La Crosse. The family requests that social distancing be observed and masks are required. The funeral home will have masks available for those who need one. In lieu of flowers, Pat would have appreciated donations going to Hillview Nursing Home Auxilary or local animal shelters. Online condolences may be offered at www.jandtfredrickson.com.