Patricia 'Pat' Techau — Rochester

Patricia "Pat" Techau, 94, of Rochester, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, July 8, 2013, at Stewartville Care Center. She lived at Gramercy Park Cooperative until her recent hospitalization.

She was born March 3, 1919, in Rochester, to Theodore and Clementine Steger. As a young child, she lived in Racine and High Forest before moving back to Rochester. She graduated from Rochester High School and then Winona State Teachers College. Pat taught at country schools in Byron and Pleasant Valley. She also worked at The Mayo Clinic as a medical coder for several years.Pat married Wayne Techau, Sr., on Jan. 24, 1953, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester. They resided in Rochester where they raised their four children. They were able to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary before Wayne passed away on Feb. 25 of this year.

Pat was always known for her great memory. She enjoyed sharing family and historical stories with her children and grandchildren. Her grandchildren were very special to her. She enjoyed sewing and was a creative greeting card maker. Many friends and family received her intricate handmade cards up until the time of her illness.Pat volunteered and participated in many civic organizations, including the VFW Women's Auxiliary, St. Maria Gorreti Rosary Group at St. Francis, and served as a Girl Scout leader.

She is survived by her four children, one son, Wayne (Cathy) Techau, Jr., of Rochester; three daughters, Marleen (Jim) Zak of Pine City, Mary (Bert) Brinks of North Mankato, and Margaret (Chuck) Buske of Rochester; 11 grandchildren, Joe, Brian and Charles Zak; Jennifer and Eric Techau; Jason, Deanna and Andrew Brinks; Sarah, Katie (John) Keller, and Brandon Buske; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne E. Techau, Sr., her parents, and one brother, Vincent Steger.

A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday, July 12.

A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 12, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester, with the Rev. Mark McNea officiating. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.

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