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Patricia Joanne Schrank, age 82 of Shawano, passed away peacefully with her loving family at her bedside on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at The Cottages in Shawano. Born on August 29, 1931 in Rozell, KS, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Sophia (Seltmann) Murphy. Patricia grew up and graduated high school in Kansas. In May of 1951 she married Ralph West and the couple moved to the Shawano area in 1966. After moving to Shawano, Patricia continued her education with an undergraduate degree from The University of WI Stevens Point and a master's degree from the University of WI Oshkosh. In 1968 Patricia started teaching first grade at Lincoln Elementary School and later at Olga Brener Elementary School in Shawano. She was an enthusiastic, nurturing teacher who loved her job. In 1976, Ralph preceded her in death. Lucky enough to have been loved by two great men, on August 26, 1990 Patricia was united in marriage to Arvin Schrank in Shawano. After nearly twenty five years, Patricia retired from teaching. In her free time she enjoyed traveling with Arvin. Their travels included Hawaii, Ireland, Alaska, Florida, Texas, Utah and New Mexico. She also loved spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren, as well as gardening and sewing. Patricia was a kind gentle soul who never spoke a harsh word. Her patience and love of teaching will be remembered by many.
Patricia is survived by: her husband, Arvin; 2 children, Mike (Mark) West of Appleton, Deb (Steve) Olufs of West Salem; 5 grandchildren, Jeremy (Erin), Ben (Erin), Elliott, Erin, Brandon; 2 step grandchildren, Scott (Abigale) Veith, Tessa (Mitch) Loewe; 2 great-grandchildren on the way; a sister, Jeanne Moore of NV; a brother, Duane (Norma) Murphy of KS; and a sister-in-law, Jean Murphy of TX.
Patricia was preceded in death by: her first husband, Ralph; her parents; a brother, Bob Murphy; and a brother-in-law, Sam Moore.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Shawano with the Rev. Allen Christiensen officiating. Inurnment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano at a later date. Visitation will be held at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00pm and at the church on Thursday from 9:30am until the time of the service.
Swedberg Funeral Homes
518 W FIFTH ST Shawano, WI 54166
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on June 24, 2014