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Patricia Ann Wismer of Chico, CA, passed away on January 9, 2012, at the age of 75.

Pat - or 'Wiz' as she was affectionately called by all those who personally knew her - was born in York, Pennsylvania, on March 23, 1936 to Frances E. and John B. Feiser.

Pat was married to Lawrence H. Wismer on August 4, 1961; they had no children. Larry was a Professor of Drama from 1963 to 1980 at the CSU, Chico. Pat and Larry were married for 43 years before his passing in February 2004, at the age of 92. Pat established the Patricia & Larry Wismer Theatre Scholarship to celebrate Larry's legacy and tireless efforts to advance to a new level of professional talent and prestige.

Wiz herself had numerous credits to her passions and profession. She was a writer of musicals, children's plays, and novels, as well as a set and lighting designer for a number of plays at the various educational institutions to which she attended and was employed. In 1958, Pat received a BA in English (with an Art minor) from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. She also studied speech, journalism, cinema, and theater arts at the University of Wisconsin (1960), the University of Oregon (1962), the University of Southern CA (1973-1974), and CSU Chico (1974).

Wiz began teaching English, Drama, and Photography, beginning at York City Schools in PA from 1960 till her employment with Chico Senior High School in 1964. She retired in 1996 with an impressive list of credentials and credits to her name. Over the years, Pat was recognized with various prizes and awards for her outstanding contributions to education, including the Chico Unified SD Mentor Teacher from 1983-1993 and Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

Pat especially loved cats and other animals and devoted her retirement to supporting the work of both the Chico Cat Coalition and The Animals Voice, both of Chico, CA.

A community-based memorial service is being planned and will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either the Chico Cat Coalition or the Chico High Foundation, in care of Affordable Mortuary, who are handling the arrangements.

Send condolences online at www.affordablemortuary.net.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 15, 2012
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