Buehler, Patricia A.
Patricia Buehler, age 86, of Port Edwards, WI died Tuessay, August 26, 2014 at Riverview Hospital, Wisconsin Rapids, WI.
Funeral services for Patricia Ann (Kennedy) Buehler will be held Saturday, August 30th at St. Alexander Catholic Church in Port Edwards, WI. Visitation at the church will begin at 10:00am with the Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00am. Burial will be at the Port Edwards cemetery.
Pat was born in 1927 in Port Edwards, the daughter of Arthur and Florence (Lowe) Kennedy who preceded her in death, along with her sister Mary Ellen (Kennedy) Belmont. During World War II her family moved to Manitowoc where her father helped build submarines as a pipe fitter. She graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School.
She was a teacher; beginning her career in a tiny one room country school house. Those lessons soon led her back to her hometown of Port Edwards where, in addition to teaching, she reacquainted with a childhood classmate J. Marshall Buehler.
Pat and Marsh were married in 1951 at St. Alexander Church and began their first of many world wide adventures with a honeymoon to Mexico. During that trip family lore tells us that Marshall worried he would have to recompense two farmers for a dog and pig that Pat hit while she was driving.
The couple settled into a small apartment above the "old Post office" on Main Street in Port Edwards. Their first child, Kenneth Buehler played in the Post Office lobby. He greeted customers daily and looked for mythical "tooyees" in the wall of postal boxes. To this day the rest of the family has no idea the nature nor origin of a "tooyee".
Gretchen Buehler was born a year after her brother. She greeted the world with blonde hair and beautiful eyes. The perfect compliment to her brother. Ten years later Pat and Marshall's third child Juli Buehler was born. As Ken would often say,"Juli was there for the good years."
As her children grew Pat returned to college to complete her degree at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She also renewed her teaching career as a regular substitute. Each morning she waited for the telephone to ring, to discover what educational adventure awaited. From Home Economics to Boys Gym, Pat Buehler proudly answered the call. Later she became a "reading specialist" in the Nekoosa school district. She loved helping children unlock the mystery of letters, that become words, that become stories. She believed each child learned in his own way. It was her job to help that child unlock the secret of learning and reading.
Her love and support of education was recognized in 1996 when she received the Friends of Education Award from the Port Edwards school system.
That was not her only award. Pat Buehler won acclaim as the "Crane Countess", an honorary title earned for her support of Wisconsin's annual Sandhill Crane count. Her love of birds was not limited to cranes. She traveled across the country "birding". Her migratory bird calls often echoed through the family home as she practiced for the next outing.
In her late fifties, Pat decided it was time to learn how to scuba dive. She sailed the Caribbean with scientists from Chicago's Shedd Aquarium on the aptly named research vessel"Coral Reef". From there it was off to the Pacific Ocean to explore the coral reefs of Fiji with her friend and scuba buddy Bunny Hall.
Pat and Marsh traveled the world together in search of history. They walked Civil War battlefields and climbed Mayan ruins in Central America. When their train de-railed in Russia, they shared their cheese and sausage with the train crew. During a trip to Ireland, with her sister Mary Ellen Belmont, the sisters toasted their Irish heritage in pubs at night and prayed in churches the next day.
Pat is survived by her husband Marshall, son Ken, daughter Gretchen, daughter Juli and son-in-law Robert Dennis and their three children Thurgood, August and Micah Lin Dennis. Sister in law Joan Palen. Brother in law Tom and Marge Buehler. Nieces and nephews. And all those wonderful students from the Tri-City school districts.
The family sends its appreciation to the staff of Pine Ridge where Pat still loved to dance; and to her special friend and care giver Anne Whetstone.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Alexander Church Foundation.
And if you have a moment this weekend, take time to walk along the water, listen for a bird or just enjoy a good book. Share your joy and your tears, because as Pat always told her children and grandchildren "There's more room out than in. So just let it out, no matter what it is."
Ritchay Funeral Home
1950 12th St South Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0847
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Aug. 29, 2014