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Patricia L. "Pat" Ulwelling

Patricia L. "Pat" Ulwelling

July 20, 2014

Patricia L. "Pat" Ulwelling, age 79 of Durand, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Care Partners Assisted living in Eau Claire.

Pat was born on November 21, 1934 on the Biesterveld family farm in Rock Falls. She was the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Bauer) Biesterveld. Pat grew up in Rock Falls attended Cranberry Creek Grade School and graduated from Durand High School. After high school, Pat worked at Sperstad Implement in Rock Falls and Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Pat married Joseph E. Ulwelling on October 12, 1955 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rock Falls. After marriage, they owned and operated Joe’s DS in downtown Durand for many years. In 1970, they moved their business to Prospect Street and changed the name to Joe’s Conoco where Pat worked as the bookkeeper. They ran the Conoco station until selling it in 1980 and retiring due to Joe’s health.

Pat was a charter member of the Pepin County Historical Society and volunteered at the Old Courthouse Museum. Pat and Joe traveled in retirement, taking trips across the country and to Japan where their son Bill was living at the time. After Joe’s death in 1990, Pat continued to travel, taking trips to the Netherlands, Rome, Hawaii, Australia and the Holy Lands. Her big goal that she was very proud of attaining was setting foot in all 50 states. Pat also enjoyed crocheting, quilting and gardening. Most of all, Pat loved to spend time with her family and friends.

Pat is survived by her children; Patti Jo (Robert) Reddell of Janesville, Julie (Roger) Rinholen of Meridean, Jim (Dawn) of Eau Claire, Mike (special friend Bobbette Olsen) of Downsville and Bill (Rowena) of Jacksonville, FL, 23 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, four sisters; Irma (Don) Bauer of Durand, Wilma Wittig of Eau Claire, Judy (Tom) Fagerland of Mondovi and Audrey Martin of Eau Galle, three brothers; Bill Jr. (Rita) Biesterveld of Rock Falls, Doug (Kathy) Biesterveld of Bloomer and Roger (Julie) Biesterveld of Tilden, two sisters-in-law; Pat Biesterveld of Meridean and Teresa (Bill) Mulhollam of Kalispell, MT, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Joe and two brothers; Gary and Robert Biesterveld.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, July 24, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand. Rev. Paul Bosco will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 PM Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.

Visitation

Friends may call from 4-8 PM Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Service

Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, July 24, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand. Rev. Paul Bosco will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.