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Patricia Jehle Schneider Pearch Patricia Jehle Schneider Pearch, age 88, died on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Patty was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma, on December 15, 1923 to Helen and Francis Jehle. Her father's business moved her family to Wichita, Kansas and she frequently summered with her mother in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Upon earning her BA from the University of Oklahoma, she was admitted to the academic honor society of Phi Beta Kappa. Patty married Robert Schneider in 1949 and they took up residence in Santa Fe in 1950 where she raised six children. Their marriage ended in divorce, and in 1974 she was remarried to Colonel Dean Pearch (retired). After living in Santa Fe for a number of years, Patty and Dean spent over a decade sailing their boat throughout the Leeward and Windward Islands of the Caribbean, after which they maintained a residence in Puerto Rico. They later moved to Shell Knob, Missouri, where Dean passed away. In 2006, Patty moved back to Albuquerque New Mexico, and lived there until her death. Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Francis Jehle; and her husband, Dean Pearch. She is survived by her sister, Gretchen Buzzi of Wichita, KS; and a brother, Donald Jehle, of Salida, CO. She is also survived by her six children and their families: Gary and his wife, Patti, of Southlake, TX, and their three children, Annie (Brian) and their children, Sutton, Saylor and John Parker, Katherine (David) and Caroline (Steve); Marianne Andro of Mesa, AZ, and her two children, Amy and Sarah (Brooks) and her daughter Taylor; Gretchen Sehler and her husband Marc of Steamboat Springs, CO; Emily and her husband, Tom Wiard, of Montrose, CO and their children, Lindsay and Eric; Mark and his wife, Anne, of Rio Rancho, NM and their children, Kimberly and Katie; and Maggie Ives and her husband, Steven, of Pagosa Springs, CO. Patty was grateful for the many years she lived in Santa Fe. She marveled at the beauty of the high plains tundra which ended at the base of the Sangre de Christo Mountains, and was charmed by the unique art and architecture of "the city different." She was constantly amused and entertained by the eccentric and sometimes quirky personalities she encountered in Santa Fe. Patty, was involved in a number of civic organizations, including the Santa Fe Garden Club, and was a member of the St. Francis Cathedral Parish. She enjoyed a wide circle of friends and played a mean hand of bridge. She embraced adventure and treasured the time she spent sailing in the islands with Dean. She loved to hear and tell funny stories, as well as share good humor with her friends and family. Even as she was overcome by Alzheimer's, she continued to smile and laugh often. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 12 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the La Terraza Room in the La Fonda Hotel. There will be a service to celebrate Patty's life and a reception will immediately follow the service. Please visit Patty's online guestbook at REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations Louis & Gloria Salazar 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777