Patricia A. Bezella
Oshkosh - Patricia Ann (Aldag) Bezella, 82, despite the care and prayers of family and friends, lost her courageous battle with Parkinson's disease on Saturday April 17, 2021. Pat was born to Carl and Molly Aldag on March 26, 1939 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She graduated as Valedictorian from Sheboygan Central in 1957. That summer she met her husband-to-be, Gary Bezella, at Bratwurst Days. The friendship blossomed in Madison where they both attended the University. They were married in Sheboygan on July 30, 1960 and settled in Rothschild where Pat graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UW Stevens Point. Along the way she bore her first son, Gregory Martin Bezella on November 8, 1961. Following her husband's career, the family moved to Neenah where the second son, Steven Todd Bezella, was born September 14, 1963.
Pat joined the Neenah substitute teacher circuit and quickly earned the attention of the High School Science Department. She accepted a fulltime biology science position and became active in school affairs. Pat served as Secretary on the NEA board for many years. She was asked to organize a Neenah Key Club - the Kiwanis International high school outreach program. There she served as faculty adviser through her teaching career, participated in the AODA program at NHS and served as a volunteer for the Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response Team.
A position in health opened and Pat crammed to qualify and then earn the placement. It did not take long for the administration to recognize her talents and she was asked to spearhead and design a K-12 Health Curriculum for the Neenah School District. Then she traveled from school to school.
She was awarded the Award of Excellence and selected as the Neenah District High School Teacher of the Year for 1986-87. Pat retired in April 1997 after 22 years of service.
Pat was hired by REACH counseling services as an advisor. After 3 years she retired again but then took a volunteer position and served there as Board President. Pat served and chaired on many boards of the Congregation United Church of Christ of Neenah-Menasha. She never declined helping with dinners or gatherings.
Pat was a lifelong member of the YMCA. She was a passionate jogger and most early mornings would find her running the neighborhood. This she continued until her knees finally said, "no more". Weekends she biked the Wisconsin trails with her husband. A love for hiking she shared with the Hanson sisters (Jean and Jane) with trips to the western mountains and east to the Smokies. In winter it was snow shoeing or X-country skiing or in northern Wisconsin on her wooden skis in her woolen nickers. At mid-life she took up tap dancing and toured the Fox Valley nursing homes with Reverend Ruge's Rythemettes.
Never to let go of her love for kids, summer times she and crew joined the Reverend Bob excursions in a rented school bus full of teenagers to the mountains of the western states. She never let go of friends. At one time she could remember 85 family and friends' birthdates. And to this day, her and her "roommates" at the Madison Zoe Bayles dorm still circulate a round robin letter packet.
Through Elderhostel, she and Gary and the Piche's made six European bike tours. Biking the Southwest, East coast and northern New York in time were also taken off her bucket list.
Though living on Lake Winnebago, boating was not her passion, but she did relent to a Panama Canal cruise with the Bezella clan, a Moscow to Leningrad cruise and a Greek Isle tour. Definitive London was also put into her travel plans.
Never to be denied socializing, she relished her Bridge Group, Neenah High School teaching friends, and the Yoga Ladies. She enjoyed it most when she could be the hostess and entertain on her porch. This "veranda" she enjoyed most when she could fill it with planted flowers, friends, and family gatherings - she always insisted on doing all the cooking and show off her latest cross stitch or needle point creation. Throughout her life she gave, without a wink of hesitation, to charity groups too numerous to mention.
Our dear Pat will be missed by her loving husband of 61 years, Gary; two sons: Gregory (Cindy) and Steven (Diane); two brothers: Richard (Judy) Aldag, and Robert (Sandy) Aldag; and a sister June (Jeff) Lippert. Also leaving with affection are two grandsons: Travis (Stephanie) and Zachary; two granddaughters: Rachel and Nicole; and two great granddaughters: Rhelyn Paige and Arden Leigh, also shared her love.
Memorial service for Pat will be 1:00 PM on Friday April 23, 2021 at the WESTGOR FUNERAL HOME, 205 W. Doty Avenue, Neenah, with Chaplain Cliff Mast from Compassus Hospice officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Friday morning beginning at 11:00 AM until hour of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Pat's memory with contributions going to REACH Counseling Services Neenah.
Westgor Funeral Home
205 W Doty Ave, Neenah; (920) 722-7151