Patricia R. Schwane, 80


Patricia R. Schwane (nee Turner), 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Riverway Place in West Bend.

"Patsy" was born Feb. 6, 1930, to Orwin Ward Turner and Cecelia (nee Stiehl) in the city of Milwaukee. She married Norman Schwane on Oct. 1, 1949. Norman preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 2007.

Pat lived in West Allis for 49 years, where she enjoyed volleyball, square dancing, ceramics and crocheting. In the late ’60s Norm and Pat bought a trailer on Long Lake in "Chinatown," north of Dundee. They spent many enjoyable days relaxing with family and friends. They were long-time members of the Long Lake Fishing Club. Pat moved to Riverway in April 2008, where she made many friends and received exceptional care and compassion from the staff. At Riverway, she enjoyed visiting with her friends, winning at Bingo and joking around. Pat always smiled.

Pat is survived by her children, Lee (Jackie) Schwane of Mukwonago and Donna (Lee) Gundrum of West Bend; grandchildren, Jay (Erin) Schwane, Lisa (Alvaro) Ramirez, Jacob Gundrum, Eric Gundrum, Kristy Sweeney and Bill Buresh; great-grandchildren, Savana and Katelyn; sisters, Betty Reiter, Lois Knorre (special niece, Wendy Heiden), Gloria Tetting, Larry Mertens and Susie Swift. She is the best girlfriend of Joan Stegbauer and "sister in-law" of Violet Roeseler. Pat is further survived by nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Jolene, Ronnie and Robert Turner.

A memorial gathering at the Krause Funeral Home will be on Wednesday, April 21, at 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Private inurnment at Highland Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 12401 W. National Ave., New Berlin, is serving the family. 786-8009.

Special thanks to Dr. Arshad and staff at the Alyce and Elmore Kraemer Care Center for allowing Pat to live a "bonus year," the staff of Riverway and Hospice Advantage.