Patricia J. "Pat" Birenbaum

Patricia J. "Pat" Birenbaum, 82, of Fillmore, went home to her Lord unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at SynergyHealth St. Josephís Hospital in the town of Polk, with her family at her side.

The firstborn and only daughter of the late Charles and Veronica (Ternes) Weinreich, Pat was born on April 22, 1925, on the Weinreich family homestead.

On April 17, 1948, she was united in marriage to Willard Heise at St. Martinís United Church of Christ in Fillmore. Her husband preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1974.

On Dec. 11, 1976, she was united in marriage to Clemens Birenbaum at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Dacada.

Pat was a 1943 graduate of Random Lake High School.

She was a very accomplished pianist and as a young adult she was invited to play for Lawrence Welk. She shared her gift of music by teaching piano and accordion lessons for many years.

She was a very artistic and creative person. Pat enjoyed writing poetry, quilting, basket weaving, cooking, canning, caring for her flower gardens, sewing and homemaking.

She was a very active member of St. Martinís United Church of Christ in Fillmore, where she was the church organist for 35 years.

She was employed by Gilson Brothers in Fredonia, retiring in 1987, after over 20 years of service.

Pat was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.

She will be deeply missed, more than sheíll ever know, by her husband, her family and by all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, Clemens; three children, Jeannie (Leon) Schultz of Cascade, Scott (Denise) Heise of Fillmore and Candi (Mark) Miller of the town of Farmington; five grandchildren, Jeffrey (Robin) Hammen, Joel (Micheal) Hammen, Jamie (Michelle) Hammen, Janine (Terry) Howell and Makayla Heise; six great-grandchildren, Mara Jade Hammen, Hailey and Tristan Hammen, Talan, River and Poetry Howell; two brothers, Clayton (Gladys) Weinreich of Fillmore and Vernon Weinreich of Leesville, S.C.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Willard, Pat was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Lola Weinreich.

Funeral services for Pat will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, at St. Martinís United Church of Christ in Fillmore.

Pastor Vernon Clausing will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Martinís Union Cemetery in Fillmore.

Relatives and friends may call at the Miller Funeral Home, Kewaskum, on Sunday from 3 until 7 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of services.

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