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Patricia A. Oelke, 82

Oct 9, 2016

Patricia Oelke

Wells Celebration of Life Service for Patricia A. Oelke, age 82, of Fairmont, was Saturday, Oct.1, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Fairmont. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont.

Patricia passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, 2016, at the Lutz Wing Nursing Home of the Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Fairmont.

Patricia Ann (Sukalski) Oelke was born on Sept. 1, 1934 in Martin County, the daughter of Thomas L. and Regina E. (Petrowiak) Sukalski. She attended school in East Chain and then Blue Earth.

On Nov. 7, 1954, Pat was united in marriage to the love of her life, Roger Dwayne Oelke in the country near Blue Earth. Together they lived for a short time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before moving to Blue Earth for five years and then moving to Fairmont in 1961. To this union they were blessed with two sons, Lon and Dan.

Pat worked at Wannamakers and Wallaces Department Stores before working at Roger’s Jewelry, St. Claire’s Men’s Store and then Sovell’s Jewelry. On Sept. 1, 1996, Pat retired.

Pat was extremely active in the community, serving as Den Mother for the scouts and also serving as Canteen Chairman of the American Red Cross. She was a charter member of the Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church and volunteered at her church in many various capacities. Pat loved to cook and entertain for her family and friends. She also liked to embroider, work on scrap books, and play in her studio making cards. Pat cherished time spent with the love of her life, Roger and was especially happy in their little town-home together. She was very proud of her Polish heritage. She was extremely proud of her two sons and daughter and their accomplishments, and very proud of all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren too.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Roger D. Oelke, of Fairmont; sons, Lonnie L. (Marilyn) Oelke, of Ceylon, and Danny L. Oelke, of Florham Park, New Jersey; grandchildren, Nick (Amanda) Oelke, Erik (Rachel) Oelke, Mike (special friend, Kristel) Oelke, Nicole (Ali) Zaidi, Shannon (Matt) Singleton, Angel (Matt) Moeller, Amber (Troy) Droegemueller, Tiffany (Ian) Larsen; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine Radohl, of Blue Earth; brothers, Robert (Marj) Sukalski, of Tucson, Arizona, Richard (Sandra) Sukalski, of Layton, Utah; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Arden and Cindy Oelke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Regina Sukalski; parents-in-law, Maynard and Blanche Oelke; great-granddaughter, Merissa Droegemueller; and brother-in-law, Don Radohl.

Memorials are preferred to the Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church building fund or the Lakeside Cemetery Association.

The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont was in charge of arrangements. www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net