Patricia Mae Halgren, 89, of Eau Claire passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her home. The cause of death was esophageal cancer.
Patricia (Pat) was born on January 5, 1928 to Paul and Augusta (Morrison) Jones in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she grew up. She attended Stout State Institute, where she received a bachelor’s degree in home economics and met her future husband, William (Bill) E. Halgren, whom she married in Wauwatosa on December 22, 1950. The couple had three children. With her family, Pat enjoyed many outdoor activities, particularly centered on the family’s lake cottage at Chetek, WI, where she canoed, hiked, and developed a love of wildflowers. With her husband, she participated in the Rusty Rails model railroad club and regional groups dedicated to historical reenactments of 18th century frontier life. She was a voracious reader, who always had a mystery, western, or detective novel in progress, and she also read widely in science, nature, and religion. Pat was an accomplished pianist who passed the love of music and performance on to her children and grandchildren. She also volunteered in a number of organizations: as a den mother for the Cub Scouts and as a library volunteer at Arlington Heights Elementary School, when her children were young and, more recently, as one of the “Monday Singers” at Oakwood Villa in Altoona.
Pat loved Eau Claire and her east hill neighborhood home where she raised her children. She enjoyed Tai Chi, yoga, playing 500 and Bunco, and attending Prime Time Friends luncheons at First Congregational UCC.
Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Halgren, and son, John A. Halgren.
She is survived by her children, Jeanne (Paul) Kilde; William P. (Kim) Halgren; and three grandchildren, Kaylee, Karissa, and Kortnee Halgren.
Funeral services will be Monday, October 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eau Claire, with the Rev. Mark Pirazzini officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday. Burial will follow the service at Forest Hill Cemetery.