Patricia Jane Gehrke, 75, of Winter passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at Care and Rehab in Ladysmith.
She was born Nov. 20, 1943, in Milwaukee to George and Marcia (Stasiowski) Sheehan. Pat grew up in the Milwaukee area, eventually attending Mount Mary College studying fashion design. She married Michael C. Gehrke on July 24, 1963, in Milwaukee. She worked for the Milwaukee Police Department and briefly for the Milwaukee School Board. Pat loved birds and wildlife and worked for the Milwaukee Humane Society in the wildlife department. She was an avid reader. She moved to Winter 18 years ago after she and Michael retired, to live her remaining years in northern Wisconsin, a place that was near to her heart.
She is survived by her loving husband, Michael; three sons, James and Cythia Gehrke of Milwaukee, Kenneth and Regina Gehrke of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, and David Gehrke of Brown Deer; three grandchildren; and a cousin, Dolores Lazenby of Muskego.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Ladysmith, with Fr. Inna Pothireddy officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of the service Thursday at the church.
The Nash-Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith is assisting the family with arrangements.