Patricia Antonissen

NIAGARA, Wis. – Patricia Anne Antonissen (Graunke), of Woodbury, Minn., formerly of Niagara, went to heaven Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, from her residence at the Alton Memory Care Unit in St. Paul, Minn.

Born in a log cabin in Danbury, Burnette County, Wis., on Feb. 23, 1933, to Robert and Gertrude Graunke. Patricia received a bachelor’s degree for elementary education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1958. Patricia married Arthur Antonissen on April 11, 1959, in Marinette, Wis.

She was a talented pianist and vocalist, including singing in the church choir. Patricia enjoyed quilting, gardening, traveling, reading, attending Bible studies and time at the cabin with her family. She held various teaching positions throughout the years starting with second grade in Neenah, Wis.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Arthur, of 53 years; her daughters, Lynn (Dave Bauer) grandchildren, Derek, Kaitlin and Drew of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Lori (Rev. Todd Jenks) grandchildren, Jeremy, Jocelyn and Donovan of Ames, Iowa; her sister, Roberta (Darwin) Peterson of Marinette and her brother, Loren (Violet) Graunke of Neenah.

Visitation will be today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wulff Funeral Home, 2195 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury, Minn.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Woodbury United Methodist Church, 7465 Steepleview Road in Woodbury, with a luncheon to follow.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, at the Niagara Cemetery, with a memorial service immediately following Friday at 11 a.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church in Niagara. Rev. Jean Larson will officiate.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Alton and St. Mary’s Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development for Alzheimer’s Research, Patricia Antonissen Memorial, 200 1st St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home Niagara Chapel to honor Patricia’s legacy of life.