Patricia L. Staupe, 64, of Preston, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse.

She was born on April 22, 1949, in Preston, the daughter of Sanford and Arlene (Anderson) Staupe. She attended Preston High School, graduating in 1967. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, majoring in vocal music, in December of 1970. She was a vocal music teacher at Kee High in Lansing, Iowa, for 37 and one-half years.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Preston, the American Association of University Women, La Crosse Branch. She was and had been chairwoman of the "Art Fair on the Green" which provided scholarships for many students. She volunteered at the La Crosse Public library. Her hobbies were her craftwork with friend Anie, participating in many craft shows.

She is survived by her mother, Arlene; one brother, Lynn of Preston; three aunts; one uncle; many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sanford; brother, Dale; a baby brother; her paternal and maternal grandparents; and uncles, Loyal Woellert and Roger Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm., Saturday, Oct. 26, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston, with the Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., on Friday at Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston and an hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Memorials are suggested to AAUW-La Crosse Branch Scholarship Fund, Christ Lutheran Church in Preston and Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston.

Online condolences may be left at thauwaldfuneralhomes.com.