Patricia K. Piper, 81
Rochester Patricia Kathryn Piper, age 81, formerly of Austin, died at Cottagewood Senior Community in Rochester.
A Funeral Mass was held Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin the Rev. Jim Steffes officiated. Burial was held at Calvary Cemetery in Austin.
Pat was born in Delavan on July 16, 1934 to C.I. “Spike” and Geneva (Tibodeau) Piper. She grew up in Blue Earth and graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1952. Pat graduated with a BA degree in Elementary Education from the College of St. Teresa in Winona. She earned her MA degree in Religious Education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Pat was a Franciscan Sister for 22 years, who was a primary teacher and taught grade school at St. Augustine in Austin, St. Francis in Rochester, and several other parishes in Southern Minnesota. She also taught courses at Riverland College in Austin. Pat was the Director of the Christian Education Center in Austin from 1968-1994.
In 1982 Pat was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives and won re-election in 1984. In 1986 she was elected to the Minnesota Senate and served there until 2001.
Pat cared deeply for children, the homeless, the poor and downtrodden. She was a great speaker who was humbled by her numerous invitations to speak at events.
Pat is survived by her siblings, Paul Piper, of Minneapolis; Paulette Schwen, of Apple Valley; Pierre Piper, of Minneapolis; Preston (Lois) Piper, of Minneapolis; Paige (Betsy) Piper, of Virginia; sister-in-law, Marinez Soares Piper, of Brazil; along with many nieces and nephews.
Pat is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Tressa Piper OSF; brothers, Padric and Philip Piper; grandparents, Oliver and Mary Tibodeau and Irving and Katherine Piper.
Memorials in Pat’s name may be made to the Minnesota-North Dakota Alzheimer’s Association 7900 W. 78th St., Ste. 100 Minneapolis, MN 55439 or the Sisters of Saint Francis Assisi Heights 1001 14th St NW Rochester, MN 55901-2525.
Mayer Funeral Home in Austin is entrusted with Pat’s arrangements.
Online Condolences www.mayerfh.com