Patricia Abigail Shewczyk, 96
Oct. 7, 1922 -- Feb. 4, 2019
After a glorious life of 96 years, Patricia Abigail Shewczyk passed away
Feb. 4, 2019, in Cedarburg, Wis.
Pat was born in Paris, Maine, on Oct. 7, 1922, to John and Abigail (nee
Starbird) Dorney. After graduating from Washington High School in
Milwaukee, Wis., Pat attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in
1944 earned a degree in Education. She met her soon-to-be husband, Frank
Shewczyk, while they were both working in a restaurant in Madison, Wis.
Pat went on to work at Brodhead High School, where she taught Home
Economics as Frank served in the Navy. At the end of WWII, Pat and Frank
married Dec. 23, 1946, and moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where Pat raised
her family and served in many organizations. In 1973 the family was
transferred to Santa Barbara, Calif., and settled in adjacent Goleta.
Pat was an avid quilter and fiber artist, as well as a voracious reader
belonging to multiple book clubs. In California, Pat became interested
and involved in politics. She was active in the League of Women Voters
and championed the Women’s Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution. In 1981, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the
Goleta Water District which was a powerful organization that determined
the water distribution for the semi-arid environment and thus controlled
economic development in the area. She was eventually elected President
of the Board and served until 1986.
Although she subsequently recused herself from local politics, Pat
remained a passionate supporter of animal rights and environmental
causes for the rest of her life. Throughout her years in Santa Barbara,
Pat was a member and strong supporter of the United Methodist Church
community, a relationship she deeply cherished.
Pat is survived by her two sons, Tom (Chris) Shewczyk and Mark (Jae)
Shewczyk; grandchildren, Kaarin (Michael) Gust, John (Hilde) Harrison,
Nadya Shewczyk, Alexandra Shewczyk (James Van Essen), Larissa (Andrew)
Hoy, Anna (Aaron) Mertes, Rhiannon Shewczyk and Braydon Shewczyk; and
great-grandchildren, Logan, Alyssa, Annika, Christina, Jenna, Mikail,
Anya, Eden and Oliver, each of whom she loved and adored as shown by her
comment to Frank with a big smile while gathered around a large dining
room table, “We created this!”
The family will hold a memorial celebration of Patricia’s life at a
later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial
contributions to the First United Methodist Church at 305 E. Anapamu
Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or Hunger Task Force The Farm at 9000 S.
68th St., Franklin, WI 53132.