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Patricia “Patty” A. Willrett

March 6, 2020
Emmetsburg News

RUTHVEN - A Celebration of Life was held for Patricia "Patty" A. Willrett on Friday, Feb. 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven.

The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Ann Willrett, daughter of David and Barbara (Miller) Buchholz, was born April 14, 1974 in Plattsburgh, NY. Patty attended Canton High School in Canton, SD., graduating in 1992.

Following high school graduation Patty continued her education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD., completing her Bachelors Degree in Education in 1996.

Patty then accepted a position at Johnson Elementary School in Spencer where she taught Kindergarten for fifteen years until she was forced to quit due to ALS.

On July 21, 2001, Patty was united in marriage to Gary Willrett at the Lost Island Chapel on Lost Island Lake near Ruthven. They were blessed with two children, Bethany Summer and Trace Seger.

Patty loved teaching and was especially proud to be a Kindergarten teacher. She enjoyed spending time with each of her students and after having her own children she treasured all of the time she could be with them. Patty and Gary both enjoyed music and traveled to see live shows.

Patty passed away Monday, Feb. 24, at the Ruthven Community Care Center, from complications of ALS, at the age of 45. She is survived by her husband, Gary and children, Bethany and Trace of Ruthven; her parents, David and Barbara Buchholz of Peterson, MN.; her sister, Erin (Brad) Petersen of Roseville, MN.; two nephews, Ryan and Tyler Petersen; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wendell and Sharon Willrett of Ruthven, formerly of Algona.

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