Patricia Chapman Poetsch

Patricia Chapman Poetsch passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at the age of 87.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Chester Eric Poetsch, and her daughter, Pamela Poetsch.

Pat was born in 1923 in the small farm town of Eagle to Harold and Ruby Chapman. She attended a one-room elementary school along with her two sisters, Evelyn and Anne, before going on to Waukesha High School, where she was valedictorian of the Class of 1941 and met her future husband, Chet. They married while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1943 and later raised their children, Pam and Jeff, in Moorestown, N.J., and Chappaqua, N.Y., spending summers at the Jersey Shore on Long Beach Island.

After retiring to The Terraces in Los Gatos, Calif., in 2005, Pat enjoyed Friday evenings at Aldo’s, the daily New York Times and frequent visits from her children, grandchildren and great- granddaughter: Jeff, Alison, Elena and Sofia; Jim, Jamie, Liz, Pablo and baby Pammy. Pat was well-loved and will be missed by her many friends and her family.

Darling Fischer Chapel of the Hills in Los Gatos is serving the family. For more information, call 408-354-7740.