Patricia M Cliff, February 6, 1931 - June 21, 2019

Patricia M Cliff
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Patricia Mae Cliff, 88, was called to her heavenly home on June 21, 2019. She was born in Dillonvale, Ohio to Theodore and Matilda Powley on February 6, 1931 and was the younger sibling to her brother Richard.
Pat graduated from Ohio Valley High School in 1949, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she also worked in the library. She met her husband, Don, in Washington DC on a blind date. They were later married on January 5, 1951 in Chicago, IL. and were blessed with 49 years together. They moved to Eau Claire, WI in 1951 to raise their family. From this union came 3 children: Randy (Darlene) Cliff, Cindy (Joe) Hamilton and Leanne (Jack) Blume. She was the loving grandmother to 7 grandchildren: Kimberly (Josh) Cliff, Kaia (Jason) Cliff, Andy (Jodi) Hamilton, Katie (Tyler) McMullen, Brian (Lisa) Blume, Betsy (Jim) Burns and Bethany Blume. She was blessed with 12 great grandchildren: Eric, Carter, Braxton, and Ayva Olszewski, Cambria and Zeke Gonzales, Harper and Elliana McMullen, Liam Blume, Breana (Max), Collin and Kalee Burns.
Pat loved to work in her gardens, collect antiques and camp with her family and friends. Pat and Don enjoyed traveling to dog shows and also traveled extensively with their family and church friends. They purchased Johnson Machine Works in 1966 where she was the office manager for 35 years. She and Don worked together building the business. In 1980, the business was moved to Wisconsin Street and was renamed Cliff Industrial Corporation.  They were very proud to have 7 family members working together in the business for 21 years. They sold the business to their son, Randy, in 1998.In 1986, Don and Pat established Hi-Cliff Kennel. In 1990, they moved to their farm to breed and show German Shepherd dogs. They were very successful in the show ring and bred many champions and select champions, including a very special dog to Pat,  Sel. CH Hi-Cliff High Hopes. She became the #1 German Shepherd dog in the USA in 1996 and 1997, in both the all Breed and Specialty rings.  She also co-bred CH. Kenlyn's Aries V Hi-Cliff, who is the # 2 GSD sire of all time. Pat and Don were charter members of Trinity Lutheran Church, established in 1954, where they were very active with various church groups. She was also a 50 year member of TTT, Chapter E. TTT raises funds to help under privileged girls with school clothes and supplies, and also sends them to summer camp.
She will be greatly missed and warmly remembered by her surviving brother, children, grandchildren,  great grandchildren and many who knew her. She was preceded by the death of her husband, Don, in April of 2000.
Pat wished that any gifts be given to Trinity Lutheran Church or Feed My People.
Funeral service will take place at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1314 E. Lexington Blvd., Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 54701 with Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith officiating. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 4-7 pm at Hulke Family Funeral Home and at the church on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will take place on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm in the Rest Haven Cemetery, Town of Washington.
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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. The St.Pierre Family June 26, 2019

    We all feel this great loss of a terrific friend. She will be deeply missed. We celebrate her life as one spent as a blessing to our family. Our prayers are with the family.

  2. Al Schwinghammer June 25, 2019

    Randy sorry to here this news. Kind regards, Al

  3. Ginny Altman June 25, 2019

    May the Lord give you Peace and Comfort during this time of grief in your loss. I am remembering Pat with fondness. She was such a gracious lady. We shared the love of showing dogs and traveled to many of the same dog shows and events in the Mid-west. We celebrated our successes as members of the German Shepherd Dog Club of MSP. The Lord be with your family. Ginny Altman

  4. Michael & Sheila Metz June 25, 2019

    We are beyond saddened to hear this news. Pat was a larger than life presence in our world. Our condolences and prayers to the Cliff family on their loss.

  5. Ellie Carson June 24, 2019

    A great loss not only to the Cliff family but to the GSD family as well. My love and sympathy to all ????❤

  6. Gary and Patty Szymczak June 23, 2019

    Patty and I are so very sorry for your loss. May she now Rest In Peace with her husband as they are together once again for eternity.

  7. Tom Guelzow June 22, 2019

    An incredible fighter for the right things and people- a joy and inspiration to me and a lover of German shepherds and they of her - Gods peace dear friend