Patricia Hadley

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Hadley, Patricia (Pat) Nolte

Pat Hadley, 54, of Yorba Linda, Calif., died Thursday, August 22, as a result of a hiking accident while in the Sierra Mountains participating in the Sierra Challenge. Pat, daughter of Karen and Bill (deceased) Nolte, was born September 28, 1958 in Milwaukee, Wis., but grew up in Appleton.

Pat graduated from Appleton East High School in 1976. She lettered in basketball, track, and volleyball in high school. She received the Red Smith Scholarship in 1976. In 1997, she was inducted into the Appleton East Athletic Hall of Fame. Pat received her BS in Art Education and Physical Education from University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She took graduate credits from Otis/Parson, Cal State Long Beach, and Cal State LA. She has worked as a teacher and a coach (track and cross country) in Arizona, Whittier California, and most recently Valencia High School in Placentia, California (since 1995). In 2002 and 2006, she was named Southern California Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Pat married her beloved husband, Bob Hadley, in April 1993 in California.

To know Pat was to love her. Pat has always been one to give it her all in her many endeavors. Some of Pat's accomplishments include playing two times in the College National Field Hockey Tournament, competing in the California State Soccer Championship in 1987. Pat was a member of the US World Championship Mountain Biking Team between the years of 1993-1995. In 1993, she competed in the Metabief, France competition and placed third in the world for her age group,. She placed 4th at the world championships in 1994 and 5th in 1995. Pat competed in the first unofficial World Cup Women's Soccer Tournament in Brazil in 1993 where the US received 2nd place. Even with all of the accolades, Pat would always say that some of her greatest achievements were to have worked with such wonderful young people while coaching high school track and cross-country throughout her teaching years.

Pat had many passions. She was an amazing artist, both drawing and ceramics, runner, bicyclist, mountain climber, photographer, and adventurist. Pat's true gift lies in how she inspired all those around her to be better at all they do. Her positive attitude and ability to always find the good in her students as well as the ability to turn a challenge into an achievable goal set her in a class by herself.

Pat is survived by her husband, Bob Hadley, Yorba Linda, Calif.; her mother, Karen (Fredrikson) Nolte, Appleton; sisters, Cheryl (Scot) Lange, Appleton; Kristi (Chip) Frailing, Fremont; brother, Will (Petra) Nolte; mother-in-law, Jo Hadley, Claremont, Calif.; brother- and sister-in-laws/nieces and nephews in California and Utah; uncle Jack (Jane) in Montana; uncle David (Joan) in Massachusetts; nieces and nephews that will miss their "Aunt Pat" tremendously including Luke and Hannah Nolte (Appleton), Scotty and Sami Lange (Appleton), many friends she's met through teaching, coaching, and participating in all of her passions. She is preceded in death by her father, William Nolte and her niece, Jordan Lange.

There is a memorial gathering planned in Yorba Linda for later this week. Details are still pending. A smaller gathering with family and friends will be planned for later in September in Appleton.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established for the Valencia High School Cross Country Team via Pat's brother, Will Nolte.

One of Pat's favorite quotes: "You don't stop playing because your grow old, you grow old because you stop playing." Never stop playing!

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2013
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