Known to many as Patty or Pat, died peacefully on April 12, 2023. Pat was born to Lester Dehne and Mabel nee Smith Sommers Ohlsen on September 5, 1951, and is survived by three sons: Joseph “Bubba” Zabler, IV, Jonathan “J.J.” Zabler, and Anthony Pagenkopf; four grandsons: Dallas, Troy, Kemper, and Luke; one granddaughter, and two great-granddaughters; brothers and sisters: Shirley and DuWayne Wolf, Karen and Jerry Newhouse, Wayne and Kate Dehne, LeRoy and Ruth Dehne; brother-in-law Mike Petersen; aunt Charlotte Quistorf, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends
Patty attended elementary school in Manitowoc and then later Reedsville High School. She enjoyed caretaker jobs and being night desk attendant for several years at a group home. She was a very talented artist, gardener, and doing creative crafts, big and small. She loved to cook and bake. If she wanted to repay anyone for anything, she baked cookies or banana bread as a thank you. She tried doing repairs and painting, but let's just say "she did it her way". She liked to search for ghosts; look in old empty houses; and look at headstones in cemeteries. She had a sense of humor that her nephews said they enjoyed. She could make friends with all ages. This same gal had a very rough life. She struggled for 30 years with alcohol. Once she asked for help, she remained sober for her last 20 years. You could find her with a can of Pepsi and a cigarette. Smoking was her demise. Emphysema took her life. She had not smoked the last 2 years, but it was too late.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents, her infant sister Yvonne Dehne, sister Bernadine Petersen, nephew Bob Buxbaum, and special furbabies "Babe" and "Cookie".
We are thankful for the care she received at Little Chute Health Services in Little Chute, WI. She was safe and not alone. We also thank Wichmann Funeral Director Terryl Wolfrath for his kind assistance. Patty chose to be cremated.
A memorial event will take place at a later date. Wichmann Funeral Home will post it on their site.
"We did the best we could to take care of you and we will look for you when we get to Paradise."
- Karen and Shirley