PATRICIA J. "PAT" BANGART, age 64, of Greenwood, died on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, and the Lord granted her peace from her battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Loyal. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate and burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Pat's maternal nephews: Kevin Rueth, Travis Rueth, Robin Rueth, Christopher Rueth, Troy Rueth, Jason Lindekugel, Ryan Lindekugel, Brandon Kessler and Dustin Krings. Honorary pallbearer will be Adam Quelle. Visitation will be held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, from 4pm until 8pm, with a 7pm rosary service, and at church, on Wednesday, from 10am until time of service.
Patricia Josephine Rueth was born March 13, 1949, rural Loyal, the daughter of Edward and Florence (Schmidt) Rueth. She grew up on the family farm and received her education at St. Anthony's Catholic School, graduated from Loyal High School, and was a graduate from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in Elementary Education. She was united in marriage at St. Anthony's Catholic Church on July 24, 1971 to Donald C. Bangart. In July 2011 Patricia and Donald celebrated a very special 40th wedding anniversary. Together they enjoyed many years of farming, quiet time at the cabin, small trips, and spending time with family and friends, especially their granddaughters.
They farmed and raised their four children in Auburndale for the first 33 years of their lives together. Pat was a very dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, volunteer, and genuine leader. She gave decades of service as a leader and volunteer for 4-H, FFA and FFA Alumni, Wood County Holstein Breeders, and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Auburndale. Pat always donated time and resources to special fund raisers and youth activities. Most recently she had made and gifted countless tie blankets. In 2004, the family moved their dairy farm (Viaduct Holsteins) to the Greenwood/Loyal area. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Loyal and always encouraged her family to be involved in community activities. Pat loved cooking and baking and shared that talent for all to enjoy. She made a special effort to participate in the Clark County Relay for Life in July 2013.
She will be dearly missed by her husband of 42 years, Donald Bangart; her four children: David (Amber) of Greenwood, Mary (Michael) Ketchum of Altura, MN, and their daughters Katelyn and Kyli Ketchum, Dennis of Loyal, and Michelle "Mikki" (Darrin) Wirt of Greenwood. Patricia was the oldest of ten brothers and sisters and is survived by: Robert (Marie) Rueth, Thomas (Anne) Rueth, Ralph Rueth, Roger (Alora) Rueth all of Loyal, Susan (Michael) Gumz of Athens, Bengi (Lawrence) Quelle of Loyal, Roy (Helen) Rueth of Unity, Rose Lindekugel (Neal Mondloch) of Loyal, Kay (John) Rafferty of New Brighton, MN; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Florence Rueth.
Her courage and strength has been admired by her family and friends. Her light and inspiration will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew her. We will love you always and forever, your Donnie and your children.
The family requests that memorials be given to the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Africa or to the American Cancer Society.