Patricia Joan (Clayton) Boll
Monday, December 02, 2013 9:01 PM
Patricia Joan (Clayton) Boll, 80, died on November 5, 2013, at the Luther Home in Marinette, Wis. with her daughter and granddaughter at her side. Patricia was born in Manitowoc, Wis. on April 12, 1933, to Edward and Cornelia (Rugowski) Boll.
A nearly life-long resident of Manitowoc, Patricia had an outgoing, opinionated, independent, people-loving personality. In 1951, she graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School and in 1952 she married Richard Clayton; they had six children. She worked many jobs simultaneously in order to provide for her children. She worked 19 years for Mirro-Foley/ Newell as a fork lift driver. In 1985, she earned the German nickname "Oma" by traveling to Germany to be present at the birth of her granddaughter Jadah. In 1998, Oma retired early to relocate to Virginia and Germany, providing care to her grandson, Daniel Urban, while his parents were serving in the United States Army. Traveling was part of who Pat was; she enjoyed many trips to London and especially liked shopping the discount racks at Harrods. In 2008, she returned back "home" to Manitowoc. Pat enjoyed playing cards, bingo and attending class reunions. Pat never knew a stranger and easily made friends wherever she went. She was a lifelong collector of things important to her, enjoyed genealogy research and loved parades. Oma was always on the go, not slowing down until life threw her a curveball when she suffered a stroke in the summer of 2010. In 2011, she moved to Marinette to be close to her daughters. For over three years, Pat gave a herculean effort to walk again and live an independent life, but remained partially paralyzed for the remainder of her life. She was a former member and past President of the Mothers of Twins Club, former member of the Manitowoc Senior Center, and a 40 year member and Past President of the Manitowoc Eagles Auxiliary #706.
Oma is survived by her six children: Edward (Susan) Clayton of Prospect Heights, Ill., Connie Clayton of Marinette, Wis., James (Heather) Clayton of Bartlesville, Okla., Gordy (Conchi) Clayton of Sylmar, Calif., Elizabeth (Larry) Urban of Yorktown, Va. and Ann (Jon) Hengel of Porterfield, Wis. and her six grandchildren: Jamesanthony Clayton, Luis Repreza, Jadah Clayton, Benjamin Hengel, Daniel Urban and Daniel Hengel. Pat is further survived by one sister, Audrey Elliott of Ocala, Fla.; seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her favorite aunt and second mother, Alice Rugowski; and by her three grandchildren: Bernardo Repreza, Carlos Repreza, and Samuel Hengel.
Special thanks to those aides, nurses, and staff at the Luther Home in Marinette who provided Pat with loving care and who always had time to listen to a story or two. A heartfelt thank you to her "angel" and to those residents who encouraged her and made her feel welcome in her new home.
Two memorial services and celebrations of life will be held at separate locations. Friday December 6th at 1 to 3 p.m. at The Luther Home, 831 Pine Beach Road, Marinette and Saturday December 7th at 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Eagle's Club, 823 Hamilton St. in Manitowoc. Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette, is assisting the family.
"With my last breath, I'll exhale my love for you. I hope it's a cold day, so you can see what you meant to me."