In Memory of Patricia Pelzel Peterson

Memorial Service

12:00 pm
Friday September 4, 2020
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin, 54016

Gathering of Family and Friends

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday September 3, 2020
O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

Gathering of Family and Friends

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday September 4, 2020
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin, 54016

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Patricia “Pat” Kay Pelzel Peterson, age 69 of River Falls, WI, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family on August 29, 2020.  Patricia was born October 21, 1950 in Plum City, WI to Edward and Oliva (Lecheler) Pelzel.  She graduated from Elmwood High School, with the Class of 1968.  Pat was united in marriage to Allan Peterson for 32 years.  Their lives were blessed with three sons, Todd, Garrett and Trey.  Pat worked as a Human Resources Representative for West Publishing / Thomson-Reuters for 37 years.  For the last 15 years, Pat enjoyed cleaning homes for others.

Most important to Pat was her family.  She was especially proud of her sons and adored her precious granddaughters. Pat was an eternal optimist and had a caring and gracious heart for others.  She loved days with sunshine, riding her bike, playing with her granddaughters, and being surrounded by family and friends.  Pat leaves behind a beautiful legacy of how important it is to find the good in every situation and take the time to enjoy the simple things in life.

Pat will remain in the hearts of her sons, Todd (Tammy) Peterson, Garrett (Ma’raj Sheikh) Peterson and Trey Peterson (Jasmine Hardin); her beloved granddaughters, Livia and Clara Peterson; siblings, Terry (Denise) Pelzel, Kathy (Bruce) Dehnke, Dan (Sue) Pelzel, Jeff Pelzel and Roger (Sheila) Pelzel; sister-in-law, Nancy Pelzel; along with many dear nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Oliva Pelzel; and brother Ed Pelzel.

A Memorial Service honoring Pat’s life will take place 12:00 Noon Friday, September 4, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, WI, with Fr. John Gerritts officiating.  Services will be livestreamed at  A Gathering of Family and Friends (with respect to social distancing and the use of masks) will take place 5:00 – 8:00 PM Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 225 S. 3rd St., River Falls, and one hour prior to the service Friday at church. Interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls.  In memory of Pat, memorials may be directed to Be The Match at, or her family asks that you remember someone in need of a small degree of kindness that only a friend could offer, and be that friend to them.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls (715) 425-5644.

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  • My sympathy to Pat’s sons and all her family.
    Thoughts and prayers will be with you in the difficult
    days ahead and may remembering the good times
    bring you comfort!
    Love to all.

  • Pat and I worked together at West Publishing for many years. We we’re good friends there and spent many times talking in the hallway and walking the outdoor path. She was always so active with her kids while they were growing up. I know she always talked proudly about her boys and family was first for Pat. I do miss that we didn’t stay connected after she left. My sympathy to Pat’s family.


  • Oh Petie! I cant believe your gone. We were supposed to reconnect when i got back to Wisconsin! I-am angry at you for not reaching out to me. I could have been there for you.

    We were so close in high school & after. So, so many great memories i have of us. Remember I was with you when you met Allan. There was even a few double dates i think! Then life took over like it does. You moved to Hudson or River Falls & we moved to CA & we lost contact! I thought of you often tho & all our crazy Doings! You were so good for me. You could always me me smile! Mostly we laughed & giggled & giggled!

    I ve missed you dearly but we will meet again. I love you Pete😍

  • Pat was a student in my classes at Elmwood High School. I still remember her very well because she was a kind, friendly and humorous person. She was a good student and a good person! My sympathy to her family.

  • Our condolences to the family of Patty, from a classmate who shared the name same name. Through our formative
    years of Elementary and High School, I remember Patty as being kind and quiet, friendly and shy, positive and pretty, She was an example of peace and goodness at a young age. It is obvious that she carried those qualities through her life Prayers and peace be with you

  • We were saddened to hear of Pat’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God surround you with love.

  • Pat was the most loving, kind-hearted soul we have ever met. Jaclyn and I were fortunate enough to have many fond memories growing up and know how much she meant to our dear friend, Garrett. Continued prayers to your family. May she Rest In Peace❤️

  • So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. Thinking of you all with sympathy. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead and may treasured memories bring you comfort.

  • My sympathy is extended to Pat’s family. Reading the beautiful obituary perfectly described Pat. She always had a smile and was so gracious whenever we’d run into one another. Hugs to Pat’s three sons. I know you were her world.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. Sending thoughts of sympathy & prayers for strength to all of Pat’s family during the difficult days ahead.