Patricia Ronek

Patricia Ann Ronek, 84, passed away Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at Oak Park in Janesville, with her daughter at her side.

She was born in Beloit on Feb. 24, 1937, the daughter of Harry and Margaret (Rich) Knapp. She graduated from Beloit Memorial High School. Patricia married Thomas Roger Ronek on Dec. 7, 1957, and he preceded her in death on March 11, 2009. She was a devoted wife and mother whose quick wit and sarcastic humor made life full of laughter and joy. Patricia was famous for her potato salad and many home cooked specialties. She enjoyed watching the Packers and Badgers and participated in sporting pools.

Patricia is survived by her three children, Thomas II (Debra) Ronek, Gary (Sarah) Ronek and Rosemary Ronek; four grandchildren, Thomas III (Brittney) Ronek, Michelle (Matt) Simmons, Jeremy Ronek and Zachary Ronek; four great-grandchildren, Jace, Haven, Peter and Xander; three siblings, Harry II (Barb) Knapp, Charles “Butch” (Sandy) Knapp and Karen Kavanaugh; sister in law, Sandy Sommerfeldt; beloved pets, Bella and Addie; and many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister in law, Marian, and grandson, Peter.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Hayward. Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory of Janesville is assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at

The family would like to thank all those at Oak Park and SSM who cared for their mother.

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