Elvira Patey, age 81 of Neillsville, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013 at her home in Neillsville surrounded by her family.
Elvira was born in Neillsville on March, 29th 1931, the daughter of John and Hilda (Meyer) Thoma. She attended elementary school at Worchel Elementary School and graduated from Neillsville High School. On August 26, 1950 she married Dan Patey at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Globe, Wisconsin.
Elvira was employed at Strack Photography, Jennie Floral and Luedke Floral. She was active in sports, golf, PEO, American Red Cross and volunteered at the Memorial Medical Center gift shop. She was a member of UCC Church and the Circle of Friends.
Elvira had a passion for flowers and gardening. Her floral and wreath arrangements were often created for friends and family. She shared many of her perennial plants, so her passion for gardening continues on in many gardens.
Survivors include her husband Dan, Neillsville; her four children: Connie Simek of Neillsville, Cathy (Glenn) Johnson of Eau Claire, John (Rita) Patey Rock Dam and Jim Patey of Eau Claire; two sisters Jennie Dux and Arlene Hediger and sister in law, Virginia Thoma all of Neillsville. She is also survived by eight grandchildren; Jeff Simek, Jason (Kate) Simek, Julie Simek, Jennifer (Kyle) Melcher, Amy (Jeff) Felce, Jeremie (Jennifer) Johnson, Michael Johnson and Daniel Patey; four great –grandchildren; Liam and Lucy Felce, Payton Johnson and Briana Simek.
Elvira is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Henry Thoma and her brothers- in- law Louis Dux and Kurt Hediger.
Memorial may be sent to Memorial fund at UCC Church, UW Carbone Cancer Center.
A Memorial Service for Elvira will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Joe Weiers will officiate. Music will be provided by Eileen Zank, organist and Wendell and Kathy Attoe, vocalists. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m., Saturday at the United Church of Christ. Inurnment will be at a later date in Neillsville City Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com
The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Elvira's family with funeral arrangements.