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Patricia Helen (Wozny) Stauffer


PATRICIA HELEN (WOZNY) STAUFFER Franklin, Ind. He who, from zone to zone Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight In the long way that I must tread alone Will lead my steps aright. William Cullen Bryant Patricia Helen (Wozny) Stauffer died at 93 on Oct. 31, 2018, in Franklin, Ind. Her contributions to this world, however, live on. The love, charity and warmth she bestowed on all those who had the pleasure to meet her will continue to bless us. Born March 4, 1925, in a sod home in Angora, Neb., to Sylvester S Wozny and Cecilia (Micek) Wozny. Pat's childhood was spent along the shores of Coeur d' Alene Lake in Idaho following the loss of their Nebraska ranch during the Depression and included attendance at Sacred Heart/Gonzaga University nursing school in Spokane, Wash. World War II took her to the shipyards of Portland, Ore., where she met her husband, Harold W. Stauffer, whom she married Jan. 15, 1946, and stayed with until his death in 1995. Returning to his hometown, the two moved to Center Point, Iowa, where they raised a house full of daughters. Her time in Iowa was filled with her husband's antics, including get-rich-quick schemes, charitable endeavors and neighborhood socializing. In 1996, she returned to her "beloved Bitterroot Mountains" until 2016. Known for a good pie, homemade bread and whipping up a meal for as many as could fit at the table, she also took pride in her various employments – especially, her work as an inventory specialist at Collins Radio as part of the Apollo Project. While a devout Catholic, she made room in her heart for all without judgment. A strong and resilient woman, also she possessed the rare combination of a love for talking and an enormous capacity to listen. As a diehard college basketball fan, nothing could come between her and a Zags game. She had no trouble writing letters of suggestion to various coaches as needed, Bobby Knight included. She is preceded in death by her parents; her three siblings, Adelyn Schroedl, Raymond Wozny and Jim Wozny; husband, Harold W. Stauffer; one stillborn daughter, Jane; and very dear friends, Father Edward Bermingham (1958) and Chuck Vedder (2009). She is survived by her four daughters, Cecilia M. Micheletti (Art Hart), Katharine A. Smith (Ron Smith), Patricia A. Stauffer (Raymond Fontana) and Carol Tully (Jean Walker); grandchildren, Jessica Micheletti, Sam Micheletti, Amanda Proszek, Luke Micheletti, Cory Smith, Gabriel Micheletti, Steven Smith, Zachary Smith and William Raue; and eight great-grandchildren. The family extends a heartfelt thanks to all her amazing friends who shared her journey over the years, especially those who helped her remain independently living into her 90s. A special love to Patrick and the entire Vedder family, Christie and Scott Borem and Welcolm Weisel. A funeral Mass service is planned for Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart parish in Walker, Iowa, with a burial in Center Point Cemetery and a reception following. Friends are encouraged to donate in Pat's honor to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (www.appe-ethics.org) or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).