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Patricia Ann Larson Witzel age 84, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a dear friend to many passed away on January 6, 2019 in Kalispell, Montana after a brief illness.
Patricia was born December 12, 1934 in Lewistown, Montana to Henry G. and Pearl (Duncan) Larson - the first of 7 children. She grew up in the Pleasant Valley community near Windham, Montana where her family farmed. Patricia attended Windham Public School, graduated Stanford High School and attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana where she worked as a bookkeeper for GMC Agencies before and during college.
Patricia met her future husband Theodore (Ted) Witzel while in college and they were married in Billings on August 28, 1954. They had two daughters Debra Ann born in Bozeman and Sally Jo born in Ronan.
Patricia (Pat or Trish) and her family lived in Bozeman, Ronan, Whitefish, Somers and briefly in Seattle, Washington before spending 31 years traveling with her husband between their Montana home and their Lake Havasu, Arizona home where they wintered. Pat enjoyed cooking, entertaining, golfing, and boating. Pat belonged to the Moose Lodge in Kalispell and was a Lioness and member of Lion's Club International in Kalispell. Pat loved to travel and visited many countries including Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway and cruised the Panama Canal!
Pat loved her family and its history and she spent many hours researching both the Scottish and Norweigian sides of the family tree as well as attending several family reunions held for the Larson/Paulgaard family in both Canada and Norway.
Left to mourn her loss are her husband, Theodore (Ted), Kalispell; daughters, Debra Ann D'Arcy, Casper, Wyoming; Sally Jo Witzel, Kelowna, BC Canada. Pat's siblings Margaret (Jack) Roan, Billings; Carmen (Allen) Mers, Florida; Lars Larson, Nevada; Jimmy (Karen) Larson, Hysham; Sister in law, Violet (Clarence) Krum, Billings; brothers in law, Dan (Phyllis) Witzel, Billings; Jack Witzel, Ballantine; and Lloyd (Mary) Witzel, Washington. Three grandchildren Tiege (Becky) Gates, Nevada; Christopher D'Arcy, Wyoming; and Kelsey (Mary Ellen) D'Arcy, Billings; 6 great grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and good friends. Pat was preceeded in death by her parents, sister Joan Steiger and brother Ted Larson.
Visitation will be Tuesday January 15, 2019 3:00-7:00 PM Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary- 1001 Alderson Avenue, Billings, Montana 59102 Memorial Service Wednesday, January 16,2019 11:00 AM.
Refreshments: Immediately following the memorial service. Interment: Pleasant View Cemetery Ballantine, MT.
Donations: American Cancer Society in Pat's honor or charity of your choice.
Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, caring for the family. Friends are encouraged to visit our website at www.buffalohillfh.com and www.michelottisawyers.com to leave notes of condolences for the family.