Patricia A. Bladow

July 26, 1939 – March 20, 2013

Patricia Bladow of Wales died surrounded by her family Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the age of 73. Patricia was born in Ashland on July 26, 1939, daughter of Lester and Vinnie Shaw.

She married the love of her life, Edward Bladow, on Dec. 19, 1958. Patricia found great joy working as an elementary school teacher for more than 35 years. She was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waukesha. Patricia was active in 4-H for many years as well as the American Foreign Exchange program. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, hiking and square dancing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Patricia was a great wife, mom and friend who will always be remembered for her warm smile and soft spirit.

Patricia will be dearly missed by her husband, Edward; children, Kelly (Jeff) Graminske and Chad (Heidi) Bladow; grandchildren, Rachel, Jason, Jessica, Erin and Karl; and sisters, Joan Heath and Jenny Odom. Patricia is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Tom and Howard.

The visitation for Patricia will be held from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Saturday, March 23, at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188. The Rev. Andy Fetters will be officiating. Private burial will be held at Salem Cemetery in Wales.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, 620 S. 76th St., Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214; the Kettle Moraine Scholarship Fund (KMSF), 563 A.J. Allen Circle, Wales, WI 53183; or St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (address above).

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit, or call 542-6609.