Obituary: Patricia Ann Melendes – Door County Pulse

June 20, 1944 – April 23, 2024

Pat (Patricia Ann) Melendes was a girl of nice ardour and vitality. There was hardly ever a problem she didn’t method head on. Pat went to her everlasting reward together with her Savior on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 , having been born on June 20, 1944, in Gary, Indiana to Anthony Lazar Sr and Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Lazar née Shinners.

Pat graduated from Horace Mann Excessive Faculty in 1962 and, after attaining her BA in Arithmetic from Alverno School in Milwaukee in 1966, returned to her alma mater to show math in 1966. She met her husband Joe in 1965 whereas she was a senior, as was he, at Marquette College. They married in 1967 whereas he was a second yr pupil at Marquette’s Legislation Faculty. Pat taught in Milwaukee, then Madison earlier than their careers introduced them to Waukesha in 1970 the place they’d elevate their household. Pat taught math at Waukesha Central and South, ultimately taking up the job of Math Division Chair for the Waukesha Faculty District. She retired in June of 2000. She impacted the lives of lots of of scholars together with her daughter Sarah to whom she taught Trigonometry and PreCalc and her son Matt to whom she taught PreCalc, each at Waukesha South.

She obtained a Grasp’s Diploma in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1983. Throughout her profession, she attended and carried out packages to advance academics in laptop science. She spent three weeks at Princeton College that enabled her conduct these seminars.

She served on the St. Mary’s Elementary Faculty faculty board and spent ten years on the Metropolis of Waukesha Board of Zoning Appeals.

Pat loved sports activities and partook in tennis, captaining a number of ATA tennis groups, enjoying golf and soccer. Her women soccer crew was appropriately named “Simply For Kicks”. After her retirement, she bided her time awaiting Joe’s retirement. Sadly, throughout her wait, in 2003, she was recognized and handled for breast most cancers and have become a survivor in 2004. She couldn’t sit nonetheless and went on to get pleasure from a while in gross sales, half time, of girls’s attire after which worker profit plans.

In 2006, Pat and Joe retired to Egg Harbor Wisconsin however bought a winter residence in Solar Metropolis West Arizona. There she joined the Clay Membership and the duplicate bridge membership the place she attained Director standing in addition to Life Grasp standing. She joined the Racquet Membership the place she grew to become President of its 450 membership. They fell in love with Sedona which they visited and hiked typically.

Pat was a health fanatic figuring out at Curves, first in Waukesha, then Door County after which Shock Arizona although she has 4 rec facilities at her disposal in Solar Metropolis West.

Pat’s actual calling was mom, cook dinner and host. She seemed forwarded to the vacations, particularly Christmas. She would begin her cookie baking routine shortly after Thanksgiving aided by her youngsters and proceed till a dozen differing types had been saved in jars. Cooking took a critical flip shortly earlier than Christmas in preparation for an annual gathering of 4 generations of the Melendes and Lazar households and in addition pals. Even a Christmas Eve oven hearth didn’t daunt her as her variety Jewish neighbor supplied an oven on Christmas Day to finish her job.

She initiated an annual get collectively for her youngsters, their spouses and her grandchildren at Wisconsin Dells the place a very good time was had by all. Her older son Mark and his spouse Christine have continued this custom of household togetherness hosted at their residence at Thanksgiving.

Pat was a supply of energy and assist to Joe, her husband and companion of fifty-six years. Maybe every being a second of 4 youngsters was a foundation for his or her compatibility, however for no matter cause, they shared and loved many actions collectively; there was golf, tennis, mountain climbing, duplicate bridge, journey together with 30 journeys to Las Vegas, dancing and Marquette males’s basketball together with journeys to the Ultimate 4 in 1974 and 2003.

Pat is survived by Joe, her husband of fifty-six years; their son Mark and his spouse Christine; their daughter Sarah; their son Matthew and his spouse Maria. Additionally, their six grandchildren Samantha and Andrew Morrow, and Eliana, Leo, Tahlia and Ian Melendes.

Pat is additional survived by her brother Dr Anthony S. Lazar (Bernice); her sister the Honorable Theresa Lazar-Springmann; and her brother Vincent J. Lazar (Lisa). She was predeceased in dying by her mother and father Anthony and Betty in addition to her brother-in-law David Springmann.

The household want to thank essentially the most caring workers of the Expert Nursing Facility of the Pete and Jelaine Heart, part of the Door County Medical Heart in Sturgeon Bay. Because of the development of Alzheimer’s Illness, Pat resided there from October 5, 2021 till her dying. She grew to become a part of its household as did her husband Joe, a each day customer. Pat entered Hospice Care on the Facility on February 4, 2024 beneath the auspices of Unity Care of Inexperienced Bay. Its workers was an added measure of care and luxury to Pat and Joe and was most appreciated.

A Celebration of Pat’s life might be held on Saturday June 8, 2024 at Randle-Dable Brisk Funeral Residence, 1110 S. Grand Ave, Waukesha from 1 pm till 3 pm. A non-public household Mass of Christian Burial might be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pete and Jelaine Horton Heart. Yow will discover extra data at

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Residence, Crematory and Preplanning Service is honored to serve the household. For additional data please name the funeral residence at 262-547-4035 or go to our web site at to go away the household a web-based tribute message

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