Patricia A. McNamara
Patricia A. McNamara, 87, Plover, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017.
She was born in Madison, March 11, 1930, the daughter of the late John and Agnes (Gorman) Walsh.
Growing up, she lived in many locations around southern Wisconsin. She attended Upper Knapps Creek one-room grade school; attended one year at Aquinas High School, LaCrosse; Blue River High School for two years; and graduated from New Richmond High School in 1948. She then attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, Minn., graduating in May 1952.
Her marriage to Patrick M. McNamara took place April 11, 1953, in Erin Prairie. Throughout their marriage, they resided in Fond du Lac and Chippewa Falls until finally settling down in Stevens Point in 1957. She moved to Plover in 2014.
Patrick preceded her in death on April 21, 2002.
Patricia’s professional career included working as a staff nurse at St. Mary’s in Rochester, Minn.; working with the Visiting Nursing Association in Fond du Lac; she was a private duty nurse at St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point; and she worked in private home care.
Mrs. McNamara was a staff nurse at the Portage County Health Care Center before becoming the director of nursing. After seven years, she became the infirmary director for the Sisters of St. Joseph and retired after 13 years.
In her later years, she enjoyed going to the area casinos, doing crossword puzzles, reading a variety of newspapers, going out to dinner for special occasions, attending her various school reunions as well as extended family get-togethers. She also enjoyed the home and telephone visits with her grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Michael (Etsuko), San Antonio, Texas and Daniel (Debby), Franklin; one daughter, Elizabeth (Steven) Pecha, Franklin; one daughter-in-law, Erin, Green Bay; one son-in-law, Kent Zelhofer, Plover; eight grandchildren, Patrick, Colleen, Caitlin, Ashley, Wayne, Kate, Kathryn and Nora; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joe and Ed (Renie); one sister, Margaret; one sister-in-law, Kay; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three sons, Joseph, Stephen and Kevin; and three daughters, Susan, Kathleen and Mary.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at the Pisarski Funeral Home, 703 Second St., Stevens Point. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Stephen Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation diabetesfoundation.jdrf.com. For online condolences, visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.