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Patricia “Pat” Mayer was called home to the Lord on January 9th, 2024 at the age of 87. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family members.
Pat was born on June 5th, 1936, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Douglas and Ruth O’Donahoe. She graduated from Altoona High School. After graduation she worked briefly for a local business called Mayer Dairy. It was through this job that she would go on to meet the love of her life and future husband, David Mayer.
Pat and David married on June 21st, 1955, and would go on to share 5 children together: Arthur, Teresa, Renee, Mike, and Christina. They were blessed to share 64 years together until David’s death in 2019. Once they retired they shared many adventures, enjoying the company of their friends and family, and delighting in their grandchildren (and great-grandchildren!) on the family farm throughout the decades.
Pat was a woman of many talents and interests, the most notable being her extreme passion for gardening. She also enjoyed painting, was skilled with canning and baking, loved to socialize with friends and family, had a sweet tooth (especially for chocolate), and was a devoted Catholic. She even worked for several years in the Eau Claire Sheriff’s Office as a deputy of the jail department.
Her most passionate hobby, and the one that you would find her doing the most, was gardening. Whether she was tending to one of her many floral gardens that adorned spaces around the entire farm, harvesting in her vegetable garden, tending to her seedlings in her mini greenhouse, or collecting, labeling, preparing, and bagging seeds to be planted for the next warm season, she loved it all. During the spring and summer months, no matter the time of day, Pat was almost always out tending to and caring for her gardens. She had a green thumb that was adored and appreciated by most everyone who rode down the driveway, as they were always impressed by the beautiful gardens that greeted them on the way down.
Pat was gifted with a paintbrush and enjoyed painting various things, which included her many garden statues when they needed a fresh coat or a new look. She even wall painted different designs in her home when she felt inspired! Pat was also an avid seamstress, sewing a variety of wonderful things and often gifting them to others. Her favorites of these crafts included sewing blankets and useful baby accessories, such as bibs, clothes, and burp cloths.
Pat was also skilled with canning and baking. She knew how to can most anything, from tomatoes, corn, sweet pickles, green beans, radishes, and even watermelon pickles. She had a giant cupboard that left her grandchildren in awe at the large array of canned goods she made herself. With her artistic abilities, she also decorated cakes (including a couple of wedding cakes) for friends and family. She was also known for baking pies, with her favorites being rhubarb and pecan pies.
She was a social butterfly; she always enjoyed having family and friendly gatherings, picnics, and large family gatherings for the holidays. Pat and David also enjoyed spending time up north, as they took an annual trip to Yellow Lake to spend time fishing, making even more memories with friends and family. When she wasn’t visiting with others or happily busy in her garden, she and her husband enjoyed long, scenic car rides in the countryside.
Along with her love of gardening, everyone knew about Pat’s sweet tooth. She enjoyed black licorice and Werther’s Caramels, and anything else sweet. But her absolute favorite treat was chocolate. Whether it was fudge, a donut, or Hershey’s Kisses, if it was chocolate, she was happy. She was always excited to share her fondness for sweets, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Finally, Pat was a truly devoted Christian and Catholic. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for many years, attending mass and other Catholic events without missing any of them. She was also involved with helping out at the church, donating her time, baked goods, and flowers for various occasions. She even taught CCD to young children, and had the pleasure of teaching a couple of her own grandchildren that were students within that time.
Patricia was so enjoyed by many, and she is going to be deeply missed. There is peace and comfort in knowing that she has been reunited with her husband who she loved dearly, and her other departed family members.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, David J. Mayer, her son Arthur Mayer, her grandchildren Victoria, Joshua, and Douglas Heiman, parents Douglas and Ruth O’Donahoe, siblings David O’Donahoe, Denny O’Donahoe, Connie Burdick, Miggy Flynn, sister-in-law JoAnne O’Donahoe, brother-in-law Bob Flynn, and brother-in-law Don Erickson.
She is survived by her children Teresa Mayer, Renee (Mike) Hanson, Mike (Shannon) Mayer, Christina (Clint) Heiman, and daughter-in-law Peggy Mayer. She is survived by her grandchildren Taylor Mayer, Ruth (Krystal) Lambert, Samantha (Adam) Johnson, Danielle and Kelsey (Eli) Hanson, Travis (Lacy) Mayer, Kyle and Kortney Mayer, Katelyn Heiman, and Ray, Adam, and Matthew Mayer. She is survived by her great-grandchildren Madison Lambert, Emma and Nikolai Johnson, Ollivander Kelley, Teagan, Kendyl, and Braelyn Mayer. She is survived by her sisters Sue Erickson, Maureen (Tom) Stanton, Cindy (Mike) Green, sister-in-law Rosie O’Donahoe, and by her many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12 pm (noon) on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at St, Mary's Catholic Church 1812 Lynn Avenue, Altoona, WI 54720 with Father Greg Bohren officiating. Visitation will take place at the church on that day from 10 am until the time of service. We will meet at the Rest Haven Cemetery in the Town of Washington at 3:30 pm that day for the committal service.
Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.
Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.