Patricia A. Mahowald

October 22, 1930 - October 16, 2019

Patricia A. Mahowald, age 88, of New Prague, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at The Villages of Lonsdale.  Pat was born on October 22, 1930 in Antigo, Wisconsin to Park and Lauretta (Freidl) McMeekin.  She graduated from Antigo High School and went on to attain a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and drama from St. Scholastica College.  To help pay for her college education, Pat  played piano in Wisconsin speakeasys, which was during the big band era .  After college, she was a concert pianist for orchestras in Wisconsin until answering a newspaper ad to teach in New Prague.  She boarded a train, came to New Prague, accepted the teaching position at New Prague High School, and then met a young dentist who had just come out of the Navy and noticed her walking down the street.  Pat and Dr. LeRoy R. Mahowald were married on October 3, 1953 in Antigo, Wisconsin.  They raised their four children and became lifelong residents of New Prague.  Pat played the piano throughout most of her life and thoroughly enjoyed the many Bridge clubs that she was a member of and her morning coffee with her many friends.


Pat is survived by her children, Gretchen (Loras) Haws of Kilkenny, Jennifer (Ron) Kaiser of Linton, ND, Christopher Mahowald of Mankato; daughter-in-law, Theresa Mahowald of Minneapolis; sister, Jeanine McMeekin of Antigo, WI; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded by her husband Dr. Lee Mahowald on January 29, 1987; son, Mathew; daughter-in-law, Cindy Honza Mahowald; parents.


Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home with visitation 1 hour prior to service.   Burial will occur at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.

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Kathy (Barta) Hines
9 months ago

Mahowald family~
I have so many fun memories of your mom being in moms bridge club. We had many sweet talks together at your kitchen table. She was always so interested in all of us kids and I remember she loved tulips. To this day when I buy tulips I think of Pat! Warm hugs to your family~

JeNean Moore Erickson
9 months ago

Gretchen and Mahowald family, I am sorry to learn of your dear Pat’s passing. She and your Dad always made us kids feel welcome in your home. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lynne (McDermott) Rickert
9 months ago

The McDermott family from the old neighborhood sends the family our deepest sympathy’s. I loved babysitting for the family and Doc Mahowald was so gentile. I remember going across the street to show him my wiggily tooth and he said , let me see that tooth Lynne. Before I knew it he had popped it out and I was running home with my tooth in hand to tell my parents and put it under my pillow waiting for the tooth ferry. Great memories of the years spent with all the kids on Sunrise Ave. Hope to reconnect for Pat’s service… Read more »

Karen Ulschmid Rondinelli
9 months ago

The Ulschmid And Hoeft families send their condolences to the Mahowald Family on your mom’s passing. Pat was one of my mother’s – Kay Strong Ulschmid’s – dearest childhood friends. Many wonderful Lincoln Street memories from Antigo were a part of this lifelong friendship. Sending hugs to Gretchen, Jennifer, Christopher and Jeanine during this difficult time.

Dennis F. Dvorak
9 months ago

Our sympathy to Pat’s children and family. Pat and Lee were wonderful parents and community members. Their children were among my fondest memories of teaching in New Prague.

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