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February 25, 2020

1/16/2020 7:30:00 AM
Patricia Jean Hamele

Patricia Jean Hamele died peacefully at home Jan. 11, 2020. She was 77 years old.

Pat was born Sept. 15, 1942, to John and Florence Hamele, in Portage, where she grew up and attended Portage schools. She married James Klemp and they were blessed with five children. Pat loved being a mother and homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, baking and decorating. In her younger years she loved sewing, painting ceramics, boating and snowmobiling with her family.

After raising her children, she earned her associate degree in hospitality management from Nicolet College in Rhinelander. She loved working with the public, and her outgoing nature made her a customer favorite wherever she worked. She loved all things Elvis, sister trips to Vegas, and endless games of Yahtzee. She was kind, forgiving, and loved unconditionally. We were truly blessed and she will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Tammy (Mark) Ludgatis, Mike Klemp, Brenda Kaufmann, Doug (Jen) Klemp and Rita (Mike); grandchildren Jessica (Eric), Aaron (Kara), Michael, David, Sam, Anna, Matthew, Tyler and Haley, and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by dear friend Maynard Voelker, and siblings Peggy, Tom (Phyllis), Joe (Linda) and Jeri. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings Mary Katherine, Rita, Joan, Kay Ann, Jim, Bob and John.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 am at the Baraboo Country Club, 401 Mine Rd in Baraboo. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat's memory can be made to the Salvation Army.

The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage ( is assisting the family.

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