Patricia ‘Pat’ Mrotek

Patricia “Pat” Mrotek, 92, went to sing with the angels on April 13, 2022.

Patricia Louise MrotekPat was born March 24, 1930, in Eau Claire, WI, to George and Louise Tibbett. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School of Neillsville and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1948. She went on to nursing school at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield and became a registered nurse.

Growing up as the daughter of the local ice and fuel delivery man, she hosted horse-drawn sleigh ride parties for her friends during her teens. For the past 50 years, the family has continued to have horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides with the same sleigh and wagon of her youth. She lived almost all of her life in the same house on East Ninth Street in Neillsville.

n July of 1955, she married Duane Mrotek of Loyal, WI, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. They owned and operated the Soo Café in Owen, WI. After her divorce, she returned to Neillsville and worked as a nurse at Neillsville Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home for 25 years. She co-owned and operated Slenderama, a ladies exercise facility, in the early ’70s. She was a member and officer of the Neillsville Business and Professional Women’s organization. She worked at the House of the Dove in Marshfield and did home health care in and around Neillsville.

Pat was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and sang in the choir since her childhood. She was a volunteer and coordinator for the Red Cross blood mobile drives for 60-plus years. She was a member of Clark County Homemakers. She also volunteered for Hospice and Interfaith Care Givers.

Pat is survived by her son, Don Mrotek of Hayward, WI; her daughter, Kathy (Mark) Chadwick of Jacksonville, FL.; her grandson Keith (Connie) Mrotek of Minneapolis, MN, and their children Hawkin and Finley; her granddaughter Heather (Dan) Mrotek and their children, Eleanor, Rowan and Danger, and her sister-in-law Shirley Tibbett of Neillsville, along with many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, George and Louise Tibbett; her brothers Tom (Bruce) Tibbett and Dick Tibbett, and his wife, Joanne.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 18, at Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville, with a funeral Mass to follow. She will be buried in the Neillsville Cemetery, after which there will be a luncheon at the church.

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