Patsy R. Lautenschlager

Patsy Ruth (Oleson)
Lautenschlager, died on October 22, 2019. The oldest of Harvey and Florence
Oleson’s five children, Pat was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on June 21, 1925.
She married her high school sweetheart, Milton “Fritz” Lautenschlager
(1926-2012), on April 5, 1947. They had one daughter, Peggy Ann Lautenschlager


Pat graduated
from the Oshkosh State Teachers College. During World War II, she was selected
to participate in the Curtiss-Wright Cadettes, a group of women who took
specialized aero-engineering courses at Purdue University to design aircraft
for the U.S. military. After graduating from college, Pat and Fritz moved to
Fond du Lac.


Pat believed
deeply in the value of education. Over the course of a teaching career that
spanned more than 50 years, she taught math to thousands of students. At the
beginning of school years, Pat read The Little Engine that Could to
remind her students that anything is achievable. She taught at Roosevelt,
Woodworth, and Sabish Junior High Schools. After retiring from the Fond du Lac
School District, Pat continued to educate students in the Fond du Lac community
by teaching at UW-Fond du Lac. 


Pat and Fritz
were avid travelers. They particularly enjoyed going on cruises. Pat kept
journals with descriptions of their travels, and she shared her joy of learning
about the world through travel with her family and friends.


Pat was a devoted
mother and grandmother. She and Fritz were joined by family on many of their
trips. And they often had ice cream sandwiches to offer to their grandkids. Pat
was also active in the community. She was a member of the Saturday Lecture
Club, and she attended numerous political events.


Pat is survived
by her son-in-law, Bill Rippl; 
grandchildren and step-grandchildren Jason Rippl (Marnie
Spielbauer), Josh Kaul (Lindsey Powell), Justin Rippl (Alicia), Ryan Kaul
(Kelly Bridgeman), and Rebecca Johnson (Brandon); her great-grandchildren and
step-great-grandchildren Elias Johnson, Simon Kaul, Emma Johnson, Henry Kaul,
Will Rippl, and Beau Rippl. 


VISITATION: Will take place on
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel
& Crematory, 31 East Division Street, Fond du Lac.


FUNERAL: A memorial service
will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at Kurki-Mach
Funeral Chapel & Crematory.  Cremation
has taken place. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials
appreciated to the Fond du Lac High School Math Team.


Pat’s family
would like to thank the staff at The Liberty House and Generations Hospice for
the care and kindness they gave to Pat.


Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel
& Crematory is serving the family,     920-921-4420