Patricia “Miss Pat” Peare

Patricia “Miss Pat” Peare, age 83 of Richfield, MN, passed away on Thursday morning at home, January 16, 2020. A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 4-7 PM and on Friday, January 24, 2020 starting at 9:30 AM, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11 AM all at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation, 833 South Marschall Road, Shakopee. Pat will be laid to rest at Lebanon Cemetery in Apple Valley, MN.

On one of the coldest days of 1936, Pat was born on February 16th to Otto and Gertrude (Gates) Lagerstrom. Pat was raised in Richfield with her 5 sisters and brother on the same property she raised her own kids. When she was 16 years old Pat faced an unexpected hardship, the death of her mother. She took on new responsibilities caring for her younger sisters and developed a deep appreciation of her family.

While attending Washburn High School, Pat was introduced to her friend’s brother, a young man named John “Jack” Peare. It was love at first sight and the two were married on January 23, 1954 at the Congregational Church in Richfield. They were blessed with 54 years together and a loving family.

A hardworking and talented woman, Pat transformed her love of dance into a career. She began with the Cedric Adams Tour Group as a baton twirler and assisting in magic shows. Later, Pat began teaching and opened her dance studio, Pat Peare School of Dance, in Eagan.

For more than 60 years, Pat lived and breathed for the dance studio. Whether she was traveling for competitions, parades, community shows or instructing the dancers to “keep their Knockers Up,” Pat was dedicated to her students. While she expected hard work from her students, Pat also believed in having fun at the studio. The studio was invited to perform at many amazing destinations including Hawaii, Disney World, Epcot, Las Vegas, Branson, New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Cruise Ships, Canada and more. The memories are priceless. She especially loved hosting the yearly Easter party, complete with a dance show, treats and visit from the Easter bunny. She also traveled at Christmas to several senior care homes where her students performed a magical show bringing such joy to the elderly at a special time of year.

The studio was a true family matter—Pat’s husband, children, and sisters were all involved. Along with dance, Pat’s greatest joy in life was her family. In the early years, she loved nothing more than piling her children into their station wagon and taking road trips, often visiting relatives along the way.  Her favorite past-times back then were bowling and playing cards with family and friends (which she always seemed to win). She was also close with her siblings and their families. When family came to town, Pat cleared her schedule to spend time with them. Pat was an exceptional wife, mother, grandma, and great grandma. Pat will be remembered for her feisty but caring spirit and the legacy she left for all of us who loved her.

A caring and generous woman, Pat will be missed by her children, Doug Peare, Mike (Lily) Peare, Kari Jo Adams, Mark (Rhonda) Peare, Tammy (Jim) Nelson; grandchildren, Jeff (Anne) Bradley, Kim (Chad) Kortz, Amy Peare (Joe Stagner), Kirk Peare (Jessica Van Voltenberg), Monica Spencer, Melissa Peare, Bobby Peare, A.J. (Amber) Peare, Shay Peare (Todd Kamish), Katie Peare, Nick Peare, Jennica Nelson, Jared Nelson, Jerica Nelson (Lauro Cerero), Janea Nelson; great grandchildren, Tyler, Mollie, Gemma, Rachel, Kaleigh, Nevaeh, Karys, Jackson, Emmy, Peyton; siblings, Terry McRae, Zoie Sullivan, Bettee (Rob) Norton, Lynda (Ed) Bradley; many other relatives and friends.

Pat is welcomed in Heaven by her husband, Jack; grandchildren, Steven Adams, Alyssa Peare, Megan Peare; parents, Otto and Gertrude; siblings, Kay (Louis) Boileau and Donnie (Vicki) Lagerstrom, Sr.



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  1. Pennie Reis Eisenbeis

    So sad to hear about Pats passing. The friendship she and Jack had with my parents, the group. Is a major part of my childhood memories. Gods blessing to all of you.

    • Thanks Pennie….I remember those days too! We spent a lot time together back then. I can still remember your parents old house and playing games out in the yard and same at Bill & JoAnn’s and my mom and dads. There sure are some good memories from back then.

      Thanks for the message. Hope all is well with you.

      Mark Peare

  2. Wendy Myers (Sandmann)

    I’m so sorry to everyone who knew Pat and will miss her. I think about the things she taught me still to this day and I’ll always keep her in my thoughts and heart.

  3. Dennis and Karen Sieve..

    So sad to hear of your moms passing, Mark..I remember Pat and Jack with very fond memories…glad you had so many years to share with you and your family..

    • Thanks Denny and Karen….I really appreciate the kind words. Yes, we shared many years together. Seems so short now. I will cherish the memories though.
      Hope all is well with you guys.


  4. Laura J Petersen

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat’s family. We had many years at the studio. Great memories and a great family. God bless you all.

  5. Julie Ramirez Karlen

    I have so many wonderful memories of my years dancing at Pat Peare School of Dance. Marching in parades, the Christmas performances at the nursing homes, performing a the Dakota County Fair and the State Fair. Much love to Miss Pat’s family!

  6. Miss Pat was an amazing person, and we were so very lucky to be a part of the Pat Peare dance family from the time Caitlin was three until the studio closed. Miss Pat taught Caitlin dedication, perseverance, responsibility, community service, how to be a part of something bigger than herself, and love of dance. Caitlin learned at a very early age that she was responsible for her costume pieces, her dance shoes, and her actions. Caitlin made amazing friends at the studio along with fabulous memories from recitals, competitions, Easter parties, and traveling Christmas shows. Miss Pat and the Pat Peare Family helped cultivate a passion for dance that opened doors to amazing opportunities and created lifelong friendships for Caitlin in both high school and college dance. Thank you to Miss Pat and to all of you for playing such a big role in Caitlin’s life. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Miss Pat will be deeply missed.

  7. So sad to hear of “Miss Pat’s” passing
    My symapthys to the family.
    Love Carla (Degler) Fryar

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