Patricia Ann (Hauser) Putz of Story City, formerly of Bettendorf, Iowa
June 8, 1930 - July 3, 2020
It is with great sorrow we share the news of the passing of our beloved Pat, on July 3, 2020 at the of age of 90.
Born June 8, 1930, Pat was the only child of Steven Rudolph Hauser and Grace Pearl (Wilson) Hauser of Decorah, Iowa. Pat graduated high school and attended the University of Iowa, where she met and married the love of her life, Donald James Putz. Pat graduated from the university in 1952, where she was the editor of Hawkeye (S.U.I. yearbook, 1952) and chapter president for Alpha Chi Omega (1952) of which she was a lifelong member.
Pat and Don had two sons; David James in 1962 and Douglas John in 1963. She worked as a television script director for Wesley Day & Company advertising and public relations agency until her children were born. Don passed in 1978, leaving Pat to raise her two sons. Pat worked for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in several capacities, including librarian.
Pat had a love of cats and gardening, especially flower gardens, and could often be found working in the yard. She decorated her home with cats, her mother's dishes, her flowers and pictures of family. She enjoyed cooking and trying out new recipes on her unsuspecting family. Her smile and laughter will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law, David & Carol Putz (Caskey) and Douglas Putz; three granddaughters and grandson-in-law, Erin (Putz) & Jared Beckham, Makenzie Putz and Molly Putz; and great-grandsons, Oliver and James Beckham.
Pat is preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
Pat was in my Tai Chi class from 1999 to 2007, when my wife Nancy and I moved. Pat was my type of student. She heckled me from the back row. Sometimes, she made mildly inappropriate comments that made the class laugh. I love irreverent students, and she had a great, sharp wit. I have a background in broadcast news and PR. She would have been a blast to work with, and she must have been a female pioneer in her younger years. Despite neuropathy that was progressing, she rarely missed a class. She used to joke that she deserved a "polka dot sash" instead of a black sash (black belt). So one evening I surprised her by presenting her with a custom-made sash with pink polka dots on it. A few times, Pat and Skip Hackett (a.k.a. Marilyn Hackett) and I met for a "Girls' Lunch" at Rudy's Tacos. The last one was about five years ago. I contacted Senior Star, the retirement home where she lived, several months ago, trying to go see her. I was told she had passed away. They were wrong, and I'm sorry I didn't get to see her again. If I ever teach a group class again, I'm sure I'll hear Pat's voice in my head, heckling me from the back row.
Practicing Tai Chi in 2004.
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