Patsy Ruth Childs, age 83 of Kaukauna, passed away at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton, following an illness. Patsy was born in Clintonville on February 24, 1933, daughter of the late Henry and Sophie (Seehafer) Berndt. Patsy was a graduate of Shawano High School, and later married Gerald Childs; the couple was blessed with five children. Patsy will be remembered most for her love of jigsaw puzzles, flowers, traveling, cheering on the Packers and Brewers, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children: Susan (Butch) Vanden Boogard of Little Chute; Nancy (John) Stenzel of Wrightstown; Sally Childs of Kaukauna; and Jerry Childs of Kaukauna; five grandchildren: Andrew Vanden Boogard, James (Katie) Phelan, Tracy Phelan (Jason Lux), Sarah (Ryan) Vande Kolk, and Jamie (Sydney) Swenson. There are also eight greatgrandchildren: Constance, Nixon, Nolan, Derek, Ava, Haylee, Chanel, and Philip; two sisters: Judy (Kenneth) Schultz and Mary Christensen; a brother: Ivan (Dorothy) Berndt; and a brother-in-law: Jack Darland. Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry, and infant son James, sisters Marilyn (Melvin) Koeller, Sally Darland, and Sandy Schultz; and brothers Ordway (Mae) Berndt and Henry (Nancy) Berndt, Jr.
Funeral services for Patsy will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Fargo Funeral Home, 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Kaukauna. Rev. Levi Willms of Bethany Lutheran Church will be officiating. Family and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of service. Patsy will be buried next to her husband Jerry in Kaukauna's Union Cemetery.
The family would like to offer their thanks to the entire medical staff at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton for the love and compassion they showed to Patsy during her lengthy stay. She could have been in no better hands, and we will be forever grateful.