Patricia Ann Woods, 80, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2021 surrounded by family and friends after a short battle with cancer. Pat was born on March 17, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri, the third of seven children. The family moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 1946. She graduated from Cape Catholic High School in 1957. After graduation, the family moved to Springfield, Missouri where she met and married Stanley Woods in 1961. In 1962 they settled in Madison and raised a family of three boys.
Pat had a wide range of interests and entrepreneurial skills which she learned while working for her father in his restaurants in Cape Girardeau and in his floral business in Springfield. With those skills she had a successful business career including starting her own boutique store in Madison selling interior design merchandise.
During her 60 years in Dane County, Pat contributed immensely to the community. In her free time, Pat loved to play golf, tennis and enjoy the outdoors, especially the natural environment of Wisconsin. She was an avid bird enthusiast who always made sure her backyard birds were well fed.
Pat was a devout follower of the Catholic Church who invested her time in helping those less fortunate among us. She will be remembered as someone who loved people, she had many friends and loved spending time with all of them. Her culinary skills were exceptional, and she loved hosting parties with her sisters and friends.
Pat is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Mildred Schneider, brother Charles Schneider, and sister Judith Hames.
Her life of compassion and generous giving is mourned by her three sons; Paul, Mike and Kyle along with her daughters-in-law Dawn, Amber and Lindsay; grandchildren Taylor, Connor, Lauren, Jacob, Caden & Grant; sisters Joan, Mary, Sue, Jackie and sister-in-law Mary Ellen; and her close friend Terry along with her many friends in the community and her volunteer organizations.
In lieu of gifts, please consider a donation to the Ellen and Peter Johnson/Agrace Hospice Center in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.
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I enjoyed working with Pat. I am on staff at the Beacon. I did not realize she was dealing with cancer. She was such a beautiful soul. Please know that she spread alot of joy here at the Beacon. My thoughts and prayers are with her family!
Pat will be deeply missed by her Beacon family. I'm so incredibly sorry to hear this news. Sending love to all who will be missing her joyful spirit.
Dearest Pat, your kind and giving spirit lives on at The Beacon.
I’m so sorry Paul, Mike and Kyle to hear that your dear Mom, Pat, passed away. Her smiling picture is just how I remembered her as a kid growing up in the West Middleton School days. A very kind lady who was always there to share a laugh or help anyone in need. She will be sorely missed.
We are so sorry for the loss of your mother and sister Pat. Family was the most important thing to her. I, personally, have been a friend of Pat's for almost 50 years. Ray met her before we were married in 1991. She was a loving, caring woman who was full of life and fun to be with. Ray helped her with her car purchase and other automobile repairs. Pat, Sue Spellman and I took a couple of short trips to Las Vegas and Chicago. We always had an adventure! The last few years I would see her regularly in our book club. We love the picture of Pat and love the smile that lets us know she is in a well-deserved peaceful place now. She will be greatly missed but we will treasure the memories we have. Ray and Madeline Thiel Laufenberg
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