Florence Patterson
Florence Patterson
Florence Elizabeth Patterson, 79, of Decorah and formerly of Burr Oak, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Wellington Place in Decorah.

She was born June 8, 1933, in Fresno, Calif., the daughter of George and Isadore (Qualley) Wernet. As a young girl her family moved from California to Winneshiek County where she attended Coldwater and Canton schools.

As a young woman she worked at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, was a nanny for the Fishbaugher family in Cresco and was a waitress and bartender for her brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Angie Wernet, when they owned and operated the State Line Inn and the Crystal Inn.

She married Arland Patterson on Oct. 6, 1953, at the United Methodist Church in Harmony.

She enjoyed ceramics, feeding and watching birds, playing cards, going to the casino boat and visiting with her family and friends. She was best known for her robust laughter and humor.

She is survived by seven children, Arlene (Brad) Cole of LaPorte, Colo., Robert (Sue) Patterson of Mt. Hope, Wis., Sharon (Mark) Fabry of Eagan, Minn., Betty (Jeff) Rice of Dubuque, Iowa, Bill Patterson of Burr Oak, Iowa, David Patterson of Waukon, Iowa, and Dean (Debbie) Patterson of Cresco; 12 grandchildren, Tiani, Garrett, Ryly, Heather, Hillary, Trever, Jason (Jewell), Jamie, Makayla, Alexis, Jeffery and Zach; three great-grandchildren, Zoey, Bodyn and Kiah; a brother, Floyd Wernet of Caledonia; a sister-in-law, Angie Wernet of Brownsville, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Ron Ludeking of Decorah, Richard (Ora Mae) Patterson of Afton, Minn., and Allen (Beverly) Patterson of Spring Grove; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arland on Feb. 21, 1984; one granddaughter, Heather Kimber; one brother, Earl Wernet; two sisters, Doris (Joe) Whalen and Georgia Ludeking, and a nephew, Philip Whalen.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Harmony with the Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Interment will follow at State Line Cemetery, rural Harmony.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony.