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Myrl "Pat" Ahneman

Myrl "Pat" Ahneman

February 1, 2018

Myrl Patricia ‘Pat” {Severson} Ahneman, age 89,  passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer and long stay at Clearwater Care Center, Feb. 1, 2018.  [A Special Thank You to Amy, Sarah, Sharon Zarek, Lucy, Greg, Kent, Heidi] and Dove West.  {A Special Thank You to Marie] in Eau Claire, Wis.  Thank you to HSHS Hospice team of many special people.

 Patty's life began in 1928 with Chet and Gladys [Hotchkiss} Severson and was a big sister to Betty. Her first challenge in life was to get home from the hospital due to a blizzard.  The second challenge was at 8 yrs old, she contracted tetanus. The doctors had given up on her, but the nuns at Sacred Heart Hospital [the old one on the East Hill] said 'where there is life, there is hope' and kept up the vigil. They brought in an experimental vaccine from the Twin Cities – and it worked.  She spent a month in the hospital, but was able to return to school later that fall and further continue her life. 

Pat or Patty, graduated from Eau Claire High  School in 1946 and married Jack Ahneman in 1948.  Along with raising 4 kids, she raised hundreds of quarter horses, many Cocker Spaniels,

German Shepards  and miscellaneous dogs, kittens and chickens.  She also fostered a variety of dogs, cats, cattle, turkeys, pigs, white mice, horses and neighborhood kids.  The door was open to ‘strays’ of many kinds.  That job even expanded into rescue and caring for the Chippewa County Humane Association and the Dunn County Humane Society pet populations. 

 Pat was an artist all of her life, specializing in horses although she explored a variety of topics and mediums.  Always on the lookout for a potential subject to paint or draw.  She spent a good deal of time sharing, learning and laughing with Hugh Mandelert art classmates in Chippewa Falls.  Her lessons were much broader than the brush and board. Long time friendships developed and were heartily enjoyed.  Many art shows and other displays occurred, plus, she won ribbons at the fair for her artistic talent.

In addition, Pat spent many happy hours giving tours and helping at the Chippewa County Historical Society. [She received a ‘Hall of Fame‘ recognition award for that effort.] Pat developed several long term friends through that pathway.  Some of her historical items have been donated for display at the museum. 

Pat was an integral part of two major saddle clubs over many years [Eau Claire Trail Riders and the Badger Riders, and professional rodeos the club sponsored.] She also spent time at and worked at the

Bit and Spur and Wild Bill Riders horse clubs.  She was a horse show judge and announcer, 4-H horse and dog adviser, trainer, vet tech, square dancer on horseback and midwife to many horses, dogs, chickensand kittens. 

Pat was known to be a bit of a maverick as she raced her ’56 Buick on Madison St, and yelled like Tarzan as she swung on the hay rope. She skinned mink one summer for pay, she won a 1974 Gremlin with her wit – in a jingle  contest [WAXX radio], walked across the Eau Claire River before the dam was built, witnessed the great depression, drought, wind storms,  floods and amazing changes in our world today. [Born before most homes had indoor plumbing and telephones.]   She also toured Spain, France and England, large bits of our mid-west and sang in the choir at Grace Lutheran Church.

Her diverse interests included: Native American history, local history, rock hounding, photography, travel and  exploration of caves, water falls, new places and new people, antiques, family ancestry, meteor showers, northern lights, Indian  mounds, Deets Slew – the more ‘outdoor’ the better.  She loved  journaling her adventures and read a broad array of topics. Pat had an  extensive collection of horse memorabilia, books, dolls, antiques,  family heirlooms, maps, historical documents and oddities [in other words – she liked shopping too.] She could play a variety of keyboard  instruments, took flying and riding lessons as a teenager. She was employed in her younger years at Eau Claire Book and  Stationary, Samuelson’s, Demler’s Greenhouse, and the Badger Theater, she also worked with her dad in his nursery business.

She hosted some rather famous people in her home: from the horse world, Monte Foreman, Jack Brainerd, Harry Randal and Hazel Astebury – a lady  from Australia who traveled across the US on horseback.   

 Pat is survived by her sister Betty Haddeman, 4 children: Paul of Wolf Point, MT, Juli of Chippewa Falls, Todd {Janice} of Cumberland, WI, and Aemi (Roger} Thompson of Salem, AR.  Grandmother of Wendy, Mandy,  Elizabeth, Paulette, Rhiannon, Nick, Michelle, Todd and Tami.  Great-grandmother of 13.  Donna Ahneman a loved ex-daughter in law. one surviving cousin Faith Grondin.  Numerous nieces and nephews.

 Pat was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1988, a grandson TJ Staples in Montana, 5 Ahneman brother’s-in-law, [Walt, Bill [Nora},  Everett [Leona], Spen {Cecilia] and Roy [Vera ], 4 Ahneman sister’s-in-law, Vera {Harold] Tower, Irene {Jim} Nelson, Evelyn {Clare} Johnson, Fern {Earl} Quevillon, brother-in-law, Earl Haddeman, and 2 cousins.

 A  ‘Celebration of Her Life’ will be held in May - details will be  published closer to the event.  We will have samples of her artwork on  display.     If you would prefer, a memorial in her name may be  contributed to, Chippewa County Historical Society, or your local  humane society.  She is off on yet another adventure.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services of Altoona, WI is serving the family. To express condolences online, please visit, obituaries at www.chippewavalleycremation.com.