Patricia F. DeChatelets, age 84, of Appleton, passed away on May 6, 2021. She was born in Chicago IL on January 27, 1937 to the late Joseph and Dorothy (Grothman) LaCapro and graduated from Mundeline High School in Chicago.
On September 27, 1958 she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Ronald DeChatelets and married 48 years until his death on March 17, 2006. They moved to Medford, WI in 1969 to raise their five children and became the owners of the Kramer Motel. Pat received her associates degree in Business from UW Stevens Point and worked in the school district for many years tutoring children and as an administrative assistant. She was also a licensed real estate agent.
Pat served on the Medford School Board and later was on the Medford City Council from 2006-2015. She was a Hospice Volunteer and used her compassion and kind heart to be a friend to others in need after she moved to Appleton in 2016 to be closer to her daughters.
Her pets over the years gave her great pleasure and she enjoyed casinos, bingo, traveling, cooking big meals and family celebrations. Many called her “fiercely independent,” with a unique knack for being extremely resourceful and creative. Her unyielding optimism and beautiful smile will be deeply missed.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Ronald and survived by her children Renee (Doug) Waterman, Appleton; Laura DeChatelets, (special friend Pat); Neenah, WI; Joseph (Famie) DeChatelets, Mobile AL; Denise (Scott) Blair, Seymour, WI; Jeanette DeChatelets (special friend Brian), Ripon, WI. 14 Grandchildren: Jim, Daniel (Emilee), Jonathon, Brad (Kim), Stephanie, Lindsey, LaToya, Dylan, Megan, Ryan, Jackie, Brock, Cassie and Jordan and 7 Great Grandchildren: Jayden, Joey, Cadence, Christian, Emma, Molly and Drake.
A heartfelt thanks to all the extraordinary staff at Brewster Village and Amedisys Hospice, especially Kayla, for your tender care of our mom and helping us during this difficult time. When we couldn’t be there in-person, our hearts rested easier knowing you were at her side.
Visitation is at 2:30 pm Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Brettschneider Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel, 606 N. Oneida St., Appleton with a prayer service at 4pm. A private burial will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery on Friday, May 14th. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to a charity supporting memory care.
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