Patricia Ann Larson Witzel, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a dear friend to many, passed away on Jan. 6, 2019, in Kalispell, after a brief illness.
Patricia was born on Dec. 12, 1934, in Lewistown, to Henry G. and Pearl (Duncan) Larson — the first of seven children. She grew up in the Pleasant Valley community near Windham, Montana, where her family farmed. Patricia attended Windham Public School, graduated Stanford High School and attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, where she worked as a bookkeeper for GMC Agencies before and during college.
Patricia met her future husband Theodore “Ted” Witzel while in college and they were married in Billings on Aug. 28, 1954. They had two daughters, Debra Ann, born in Bozeman, and Sally Jo, born in Ronan.
Patricia (Pat or Trish) and her family lived in Bozeman, Ronan, Whitefish, Somers and briefly in Seattle before spending 31 years traveling with her husband between their Montana home and their Lake Havasu, Arizona home, where they wintered. Pat enjoyed cooking, entertaining, golfing and boating. Pat belonged to the Moose Lodge in Kalispell and was a Lioness and member of Lion’s Club International in Kalispell. Pat loved to travel and visited many countries, including Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway, and cruised the Panama Canal!
Pat loved her family and its history and she spent many hours researching both the Scottish and Norwegian sides of the family tree, as well as attending several family reunions held for the Larson/Paulgaard family in both Canada and Norway.
Left to mourn her loss are her husband, Theodore “Ted,” Kalispell; daughters, Debra Ann D’Arcy, Casper, Wyomingm Sally Jo Witzel, Kelowna, BC, Canada; Pat’s siblings, Margaret (Jack) Roan, Billings, Carmen (Allen) Mers, Florida, Lars Larson, Nevada, Jimmy (Karen) Larson, Hysham; sister-in-law, Violet (Clarence) Krum, Billings; brothers-in-law, Dan (Phyllis) Witzel, Billings, Jack Witzel, Ballantine, and Lloyd (Mary) Witzel, Washington; three grandchildren, Tiege (Becky) Gates, Nevada, Christopher D’Arcy, Wyoming, and Kelsey (Mary Ellen) D’Arcy, Billings; six great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and good friends. Pat was preceded in death by her parents; sister Joan Steiger; and brother Ted Larson.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave., in Billings. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Michelotti-Sawyers. Refreshments will be served immediately following the memorial service. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Ballantine.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Pat’s honor or charity of your choice.