Patricia Joyce Shogren, 84, died on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Edgewater Vista Assisted Living in Alexandria, Minn.
A funeral service was held on Saturday at the New Life Christian Church in Alexandria. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
Patricia (Pat) Joyce was born to Floris and Lawrence Kloos on Nov. 21, 1928, in Grant County, Minn. While growing up on a farm, Pat grew to be a strong and hardworking woman, and she applied these traits to every aspect of her life.
She was educated at Roseville District No. 20 and graduated from Barrett High School. Later, Pat attended Gustavus Adolphus College and also the Minneapolis Northwest Institute of Technology to receive a degree in medical technology. She worked in both the Hoffman and Douglas County hospitals.
On Dec. 24, 1950, Patricia married Leslie Warren Shogren at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Minn. Soon after they married, she was a naval wife living in Norfolk, Va. In the summer of 1954, she moved back to Alexandria. It was here that Pat and Les raised a rambunctious family of six with abundant laughter and abounding love.
Anyone who knew Pat knew her food. She was an amazing cook and even took her talents to the kitchens of Clear Water Suites and Geneva Bible Camp. Pat was also very active in her church as well as the Zetetic Club, FATS Club, and the Red Hat Society. Quilting, especially with her family, was a favorite hobby of hers.
Pat was a fun-loving person who was always on the go. She frequently joined her children for memorable family vacations and road trips.
Pat loved to dress fashionably, even when she was a child. One of her favorite childhood memories came at the age of 10 when she received her first store bought coat. The sparkly sequins that she often wore reflected her luminous personality. Pat’s legacy will include her spunky and matter-of-fact disposition, but most of all, she will be remembered for her fierce love. When Pat loved, she didn’t hold back, and her love and generosity will live on in the hearts of those she left behind.
She is survived by her children, Deb (Dan) Carlson of Brookings, Jan (Rick) Banke of Alexandria, Minn., Paul (Judy) Shogren of Moorhead, Minn., Cindy (Dean) Kling of Fargo, N.D., Lisa (Gene) Dela Cruz of Apple Valley, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Maridee Shogren, of Grand Forks, N.D.; 20 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence Kloos Jr of Hoffman and sisters, Mary Hanson of Albuquerque, N. M. and Floris Ann Dawson of Caledonia, Ontario.
She was preceded in death by an infant sibling, her husband, Leslie Shogren, and her son, Peter Shogren.
Anderson Funeral Home, in Alexandria was in charge of arrangements. Online, visit www.andersonfuneral.net.