Feb. 4, 1921 - Oct. 15, 2013
Willa was born in 1921 to Ernest and Tennie May Mittlestedter in Koshkonong Missouri where she and her older sister grew up playing in and around their father's general store. Upon graduating from business school, she met her future husband "Pat" Patrick in Saint Louis, Missouri and were married in Cleveland, Ohio. Transferred until Pat retired to Buffalo, NY, Willa stayed busy involved with her church, PEO Women's club, antiques, bridge club, jazz and dancing with her husband. They moved to Sarasota to get away from Buffalo's winters. They both stayed busy volunteering for various organizations. Willa's strong independent nature made friends, lifetime friends. She, her husband, her sister and husband had the opportunity to visit and travel together to Europe and take a cruise together. Pat and Willa 'adopted' the children from other members of their families and developed strong ties that last until this day.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Tennie May in 1960, father, Ernest in 1981.
Her husband, Pat, passed in 1999. Older sister, Hazel, in 2010. A memorial will be performed at Church of the Psalms, Monday morning at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota & Manatee, Inc. in Willa's name.