Patricia Alice Patterson Finstad
Pat died as the result of a terrible accident, at a dangerous intersection that has taken many other lives. She was born on Wisconsin's first mink farm on the southeast side of Lake St. Croix in Solon Springs, Wisconsin.Her parents were Victor & Ethel Patterson. She had 3 sisters: Mary Jo Searcy, Annette Schneider & Cynthia Thieleg; all living. Pat graduated from Solon Springs High School. She spoke very highly of growing up in Solon Springs; an idyllic life of swimming and playing with many friends & relatives. She was kind of a tomboy, climbing trees & playing with animals. She was very close to her Grandmother Josephine Gagnon, who lived a few blocks away, learning about cooking and hearing many stories about her Indian heritage. She was a member of the Chippewa Tribe. Pat had many suitors and was very popular. Ronald H. Finstad of Gordon, Wisconsin won out and they were united in marriage on June 19, 1954.
Pat and Ron raised 4 children. Ronald D. Finstad (Donna), Todd Finstad, Victoria Derksen & Paul (Jay) Finstad. There she spent many wonderful years with her family; which always came first. Tragically Todd drowned at age 18. This was the first of many premature deaths in her extended family that caused much suffering for us all. 2 years after her husband died prematurely at the age of 56, she got together with a very special longtime friend Steve Balcsik. They shared some very happy years together. Steve was a wonderful man & was considered family to us.
Pat also worked outside the home mostly as a waitress, Smithy's in Solon Springs, for 25 years. She also worked at the Gordon Museum for many years until earlier this year. She really enjoyed working there & explaining the history of the area to folks. She was well versed in the history of the area. She lived through more than half of it, at least the time of when it was settled by non-Indians. She was very religious & attended various churches over the years ,but felt closest to God when she was outdoors with nature. Now she is in his loving arms & reunited with her husband, son & other loved ones. Pat had only 3 Grandchildren: Zara Case, Aleysha Derksen & Daylan Derksen. She also had 2 Great Grandchildren: Enola Case(who tragically died earlier this year) & Zabastian Case. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was well loved by everyone she ever met & was so very generous to all; lovingly giving almost all she had. Pat always said: "Things don't matter, people do." She was a wonderful woman in every way & will be sadly missed by her entire family every single day. Until we meet again Mom.
Services will be held at the First United Presbyterian Church, 14465 South Antoine Circle, Gordon, WI.
Visitation @ 2 PM, service @ 3 PM, Saturday, Aug. 11th. Meal to follow.