Patricia Ann ‘Pat’ (nee Craft) Tyler

Feb. 20, 1927 — June 11, 2015

Patricia Ann ‘Pat’ (nee Craft) Tyler of Waukesha passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at the age of 88 years. “I was called to Heaven to assist in coaching the Angels’ volleyball team.”

Patricia was born on February 20, 1927 in Richmond, Ind., and raised in St. Louis, Mo. While in St.

Louis, she attended Ritinour High School in Overland, Mo., and after high school attended William Woods College, where she received an AA degree. After William Woods, she attended the University of Missouri, where she received a BS degree in education. While at the University of Missouri, she met Paul Duard Tyler and fell in love. They were married on June 26, 1948, and landed in Rockford, Ill. Paul worked for Ford Motor Company and they settled in with their three children — Linda, Richard and James — before they finally divorced in the fall of 1983.

Patricia stayed home and raised her children. When she was 36, she was diagnosed with scleroderma, an immune deficiency disease that attacks the collagenous material in our body. She found a teaching job at Franklin Middle School in Loves Park, right outside Rockford. Here she met a student by the name of Leah Pitner. She stood up to my mom, which was tough to do. They ended up becoming life-long friends. A big transfer for Paul landed Patricia’s family in Waukesha. Pat’s first job in Waukesha was with Carroll College teaching physical education part time. She taught there for 6 1/2 years. Then it was back to middle school in Waukesha where she landed a job as a traveling physical education teacher half day at Horning and half a day at Butler Middle schools. Her final teaching position before retirement was at Butler Middle School. Her most famous achievement was “Tyler Time,” held in the school cafeteria. Tyler Time was an open forum for “most-asked questions” by middle school students.

After retiring, her love became golf and traveling out west; especially to Cheyenne, Wyo., for the “Daddy of them All” rodeo.

Her children traveled there twice with her.

Patricia left behind many awards for bowling, golf, poetry and even gold medals from the Senior Olympics for shot put and discus. She loved writing poetry and eventually wrote the story of her life. She loved many pet dogs along the way, who became her significant others. She was full of life and competition was her game.

Nothing ever stopped her, if she wanted to do something.

Patricia was “in control” of her life and her adventures and they never stopped until Alzheimer’s took control of her brain. She lived the rest of her life with Alzheimer’s but still managed to stay in control and keep people in line. Her greatest love in the end was large chocolate chip cookies prepared by a man named Grayer. He always got a kiss on the cheek for his cookie.

Patricia leaves behind her three children, Linda (Francis Thomas) Tyler Murray, Richard (Janice Heling) Craft and James Alan (Coleen Andrews) Tyler; six grandchildren, Michael Joseph Murray, Kathryn Elizabeth (Brian Russell) Gregg-Murray, Anna Kathleen Murray, Cameron Joseph (Tami Rae) Tyler, Kaney Nichole Tyler, and Alek Misha Tyler; five great-grandchildren, Miguel Quinlin Hernandez-Murray, McKenzie Che Whitlock, Ashlyn Marie Whitlock, Conner Lee Tyler and Penelope Maxine Gregg-Murray.

She is further survived by life-long friend, Leah Pitner, who truly was part of the family.

A visitation for Pat will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 17, from 10:00 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service.

Entombment to follow immediately at Prairie Home Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank Elizabeth Residence for all the care and love they showed our mother her last three years. They were a wonderful staff.

Patricia asked that in lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation at 300 Rosewood Dr., Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.