Patricia Ruchti
1942 - 2019
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Patricia Ruchti

Janesville - Patricia Lynn "Patty" Ruchti, age 77, died on Saturday, November 9, 2019. She was born in Fond du Lac, WI, on August 25, 1942, the daughter of the late Clayton E. and Myrtle C (Kolpin) Kintzler. Patricia graduated from Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac, and later from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Education degree. She married Carlton Roehrdanz and together they had two children. She later married Floyd E. "Gene" Ruchti on October 6, 1991. Patty was a member of Cargill United Methodist Church and worked at Janesville Psychiatric Clinic as an office manager. In her early years, she travelled and worked in Germany and when she returned, she worked as a librarian at Marquette University. She also volunteered as a Scout leader when her children were younger.

While living in Fond du Lac, Patty was a charter member of Memorial Baptist Church and active with Sunday School, as well as being the church pianist and flower chairwoman. She enjoyed playing musical instruments, playing the Dulcimer in the senior group, drums and Irish whistle. Her favorite time was when her family would get together, singing and playing as a "family band" and playing the old player piano.

She is survived by her two sons: Andrew Roehrdanz, of Little Rock, AR, and Daniel (Tracy) Roehrdanz, of Cudahy, WI; her beloved granddaughters: Ashley Roehrdanz, Alexis Roehrdanz, and Brittany Bouchard; and her beloved boyfriend, Ken Woodham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene; and her parents.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday Nov. 25, 2019 at CARGILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 2000 Wesley Ave., with Rev. Susan Lockman officiating. Interment will be Rienzi Cemetery, Fond du Lac. Visitation will take place on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service at CARGILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Memorials may be made to Cargill United Methodist Church.

Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 21 S. Austin Rd., (608)752-2444,

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Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2019.
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November 18, 2019
Pat lived next door to us on McKinley St. in Fond du Lac. We moved in on December 26th, 1950. Pat's mother Myrtle invited our family over for a chili supper that evening so that was my first meeting with Pat. My sister Mary and I played with Pat for the next several years. Pat and I had a tree house of sorts in a large tree next to her garage. We used to climb up and sing songs to the older lady living behind Pat's house. We also played "cops and robbers" with 2 of the neighborhood boys and soft ball in the street with several others in the neighborhood. It was a fun childhood and I enjoyed being with Pat.

I am sorry to read of her death and I wish all of you comfort and peace as you grieve the loss of your mother and grandmother.

Helen Heimerl
Fond du Lac, WI
Helen Heimerl
November 14, 2019
Patti would set next to me and play harmony, I always played melody. We made a great pair. I am going to miss her.
Vernon Seiler
November 12, 2019
Offering my deepest condolences to the family, may our God of all comfort give you the strength you need during this difficult time
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