Carleton J. "Pat" Papenfuss
1928 - 2021
BORN
October 13, 1928
DIED
April 9, 2021

Carleton 'Pat' J. Papenfuss

LA CRESCENT, Minn. -- Carleton "Pat" J. Papenfuss, 92, of rural La Crescent passed away Friday, April 9, 2021, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

He was born in Winona, Minn., Oct. 13, 1928, to William and Bernice (Clow) Papenfuss. He married Carol M. Dobrunz June 14, 1953, in Waukon, Iowa.

Pat served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a member of American Legion Post 595 of La Crescent and V.F.W. Post 1287 of Winona. He and Carol owned and operated Papenfuss General Store in Dakota, Minn., from 1957, until their retirement. He also farmed part-time at their home on Apple Blossom Drive. In their retirement years, Pat and Carol enjoyed many winters in Texas.

Pat is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Curtiss (Venetta) Papenfuss of Dakota and Mark (Mary) Papenfuss of La Crescent; grandchildren, Felicia (Scott) Olson, Jesse (Kayla) Papenfuss and Chad Papenfuss (Sarah McElroy); as well as nine great-grandchildren. He is further survived by a sister-in-law, Donna Papenfuss; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members from the Dobrunz family.

Pat was preceded in death by brothers, James, Marion "Tiny," Allyn "Mike," and Lawrence "Oscar"; sisters, Alicia, Annabelle, Eunice and Rachel; and extended family members from both the Papenfuss and Dobrunz families.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services, 111 South Oak St., La Crescent. The Rev. Dianne Ciesluk will officiate. Burial with military honors, will follow in Hiler Cemetery in rural Dakota. Visitation will take place at the funeral home from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday and again from 11 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday. Guests are asked to wear a mask or other facial covering while in attendance. An online guest book is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.



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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Apr. 11, 2021.
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After thinking about your family at this difficult time, I recalled that my Aunt Edna and Uncle Ray Bublitz used to have a cabin in the Dakota area. Edna was on the Noeske side of my family (Gustave). While working on that family tree side I found 2 articles when they entertained Mr and Mrs William Papenfuss along with the Noeske clan for some special event. Small world for sure. God Bless You and may the memories help you through your loss.
Roxy Kohner
Friend
April 21, 2021
So sorry for your loss! I really enjoyed the visits I had with Pat at the Antique Store. He gave me so much cool history to share on trips downriver on the Winona Tour Boat about Dakota. Each time I drive through to go to that wonderful park I thought of him and how excited he was to share his stories about his family and his city.
Roxy Kohner
Friend
April 20, 2021
My husband and I loved stopping at the antique store and visiting with Carleton. We always enjoyed the conversation and acquired some interesting objects that we have included in our home. You will be missed Carleton.
Jenny Wolfe
Acquaintance
April 13, 2021
Dear Carol,

My sympathies to all of the family. I enjoyed the very interesting conversations that we had especially at the antique shop..
Michael Ablan
Neighbor
April 12, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Rest in peace my friend.
The Liebsch Family
Friend
April 12, 2021