Lieselotte G. “Lu” Patnode, age 94 of Prairie du Chien, WI passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Crossing Rivers Health. She was born October 17, 1926, in Mannheim, Germany, the daughter of Daniel and Gertrud (Passler) Kaufmann. She married Donald Kenneth Patnode in Manheim, Germany on April 11, 1947. She followed Don to Prairie du Chien for his position at Campion Jesuit High School as the head of the ROTC program. Together they raised their family in the Prairie du Chien area. She worked as a clerk at Himrich’s and Rexall Drug Store for 22 years until retirement. Lou was exceptionally smart with an extremely diverse knowledge of both Europe and the United States. She proudly, respected, educated herself and would represent all avenues in her life in the most classy and dignified way. She carried herself in a manner not only as a woman of beauty on the outside, always put together. But also, that beauty radiated through her dear personality! She saw incredible things throughout her life which prepared her and conditioned her to be a secure strong, independent, and confident woman throughout her life! A true inspiration to many that knew her. She is survived by her son Donald (Ann Marie); her sister Helga (Dieter) Butz; her grandchildren Shannon (Angel) Zimmerman, Jennifer (Chris) Berry, Jaime Krueger, Tanya Patnode, Grace (Nikolai) Miskov, Frank, Nicholas, Joseph, and Isabella, 10 great-grandchildren, and numerous great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Patnode; her parents and her daughters Julia, Patricia Ann, and Barbara Louise Patnode.
Funeral Services will be according to CDC guidelines on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 1:00 P.M. at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel, Pastor Andy Doll officiating with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services. The family requests that attendees utilize masks and practice social distancing. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.garrityfuneralhome.com to send a message to Lu’s family.
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