Patricia “Pat” Wiese

Patricia “Pat” Wiese, of Prior Lake, passed away suddenly at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 77.  A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (4565 Pleasant Street SE) in Prior Lake.  Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM with visitation from 9:30 – 11:00 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community (12100 Pioneer Trail) in Eden Prairie.  Father Bill Murtaugh will preside, and Pat’s niece & nephews will act as urn bearers.  Pat will be laid to rest at a private family interment at St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Le Sueur. 

On April 11, 1941, Joseph & Bessie (Kuchynka) Koktavy celebrated the birth of their daughter, Patricia Ann Koktavy.  Pat was the youngest of three and the only girl in her family.  She was more than a decade younger than her brothers George and Bob, but she loved them dearly.  Pat grew up in Le Sueur, and she made many lifelong friends in her hometown.  During high school, Pat was involved in many activities with her favorite being school plays. 

At just 14 years old, Pat began working outside the home.  Her father got her a job at the Green Giant factory.  Pat worked hard and saved her money to put towards her education.  After graduating from Le Sueur High School in 1959, Pat attended the Minnesota School of Business where she earned her Associates Degree.   

Pat began working full time for NSP Energy (later XCEL).  She worked her way up to becoming an Industrial Relations Administrator.  Pat spent the next 37 ½ years with the company.  She loved her coworkers and enjoyed negotiating contracts and working with the labor unions. 

As a young woman, Pat met the love of her life at a local dance.  His name was Ron Wiese.  Pat and Ron hit it off immediately, and their love blossomed quickly.  On November 16, 1963, they exchanged wedding vows at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Le Sueur.    

By 1968, they had made Prior Lake their home.  Pat and Ron kept beautiful gardens in their yard with Ron focusing on the vegetables, and Pat tending to the flowers.  Their yard was always full of wild life with birds, deer and ducks visiting daily.  Pat & Ron watched their neighborhood grow and develop over the years, and they made many wonderful friends along the way.   

Pat was such an active woman.  She was the member of a card club, book club, hooking club and garden club.  She did yoga at the Y and frequently visited the History Center and Arboretum.  Pat was also an avid knitter.  She made beautiful sweaters and hats.  In retirement, Pat even worked part-time at a local yarn store.  She also loved golfing.  She was a member of the New Prague Golf Course for 36 years.  Pat & Ron loved spending an afternoon out on the links, and they enjoyed an annual golf trip with their friends from Black Dog.   

Although Pat had many hobbies and interests, family & friends were most important in her life.  She and Ron traveled to across the country to spend time with family and friends in Arizona, California and Oklahoma.  She never missed a birthday and was always there to lend a helping hand. 

Pat was a wonderful woman with a kind heart.  She will be deeply missed and remembered always by her husband of 55 years, Ron Wiese; niece & nephews, Gary Koktavy, Kati Koktavy, John Koktavy, Peter (Amanda) Koktavy; great-nieces, Clair & Oliva.  Pat was greeted in Heaven by her parents; brothers, George (Helen) Koktavy & Bob (Mavis) Koktavy; nephew, Kevin Koktavy. 


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  1. So sorry to hear Ron
    I am heading down to see Denny and Sandy
    And all. On Tuesday our prays are with you.
    Scott Helgeson and Bonny

  2. I, as well as many members of the Minnesota Herb Society, are going to miss Pat tremendously. We enjoyed her company and the time she spent with us.




  4. Chrisanne Nelson

    Ron, I am so sorry to hear about your loss of your beloved wife, Pat! I loved her so much and enjoyed working with her at NSP/Xcel Energy! My heart and prayers are ware with you during this difficult time.

  5. Ron, I am so sorry to hear about Pat! I’m so thankful I came across something on Facebook and it was shocked to hear about her passing. My heart goes out to you, you know I went through the same thing with losing Merlin. I am lifting you and your family up in prayer!

  6. Gordy and Pat Anderson

    Gordy and I are heartbroken at the news of Patty’s passing. The four of us shared many wonderful times together, and we treasure those memories. God bless you and give you strength and comfort.

  7. Francis Karlin

    You and Pat are in my thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed our visits before and after mass at Pax Christi on Saturday evenings. I will miss stopping to extend the Sign of Peace after communion. May God keep you in his Blessed Grace, and may Pat’s soul rest in the eternal Peace of Christ in Heaven.

    Francis Karlin

  8. Cindy Karnowski

    Ron – there are just no words to express the shock and sadness of hearing about Pat’s passing. You two youngsters had a lot of retirement yet to live! These are the events where you want to open your eyes and wish it was all a bad dream. You are both in my thoughts every day and prayers every night and if there is anything we can do to help you, please do not hesitate to reach out. Love you both – Cindy Karnowski

  9. So sorry to hear about Pat’s passing. I worked with her at NSP/Xcel.
    My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this very difficult time.

  10. Amy Phelps-Black Dog Plant

    So Sorry to hear this, Pat was such a kind woman and always smiling. Im happy I got to know her and Ron.
    Thoughts and prayers to Ron and the family.

  11. Louie (Lois Ann) Strehlow

    My sincere sympathies Ron ( and family)
    My sympathies seems to not be enough right now.
    I will always remember Pat for her loving heart.❤️
    After spend 30+ years knitting with her on Monday nights,
    I know her absence leaves me heartbroken.

  12. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  13. Maggie Klein & Bud Waund

    Dear Ron,
    We are so sorry for your loss of Pat. You sure had a special woman in your life. We understand your loss and wish we were there to share your loss.
    We will see you this summer for a visit.

  14. matt and rama McGraw

    sorry to here about pat Ron are prayers and sympathies go out to you and your family she was a great woman. the McGraws

  15. Theresa Mieseler

    My sympathy to the family of Pat. I knew Pat through the Minnesota Herb Society and she was an avid herb gardener. Pat always had a nice smile and we always had something to talk about with herbs. I will miss her.
    Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm

  16. Jen and Barry Longhenry

    Barry, Dylan, Ryan and I have been blessed to live right next door to you for 10 years. We met you and Ron while looking at the home and we connected before we even closed. We enjoyed every minute of your company! We will miss you deeply! We will continue to celebrate your life and stay close to Ron.

  17. Doyle & Lorie Herman

    Lorie and I were very sad to hear about Pat. We will miss her quick smile and her laugh. We enjoyed her texts and kind words. You and Pat were not only great clients but good friends. Pat will be missed by many.
    Doyle & Lorie

  18. Mary & Jim Schmid

    We are so sad to hear of Pat’s leaving us. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. She was such a lovable person. We love you, Ron. Mary & Jim Schmid

  19. Joyce and Don Arneson

    Don and I are so sorry. Since we met years ago we have loved every time we have spent together
    We will miss our happy hours and day trips that we took. Ron, we are so sad for you but have all our memories to remind us of this beautiful person. We were fortunate to have shared so many hourd together.

  20. gregory a popehn

    Very sorry to hear about your loss, Pat was always with a smile and kindness for all . She was a true lady, and fun to be around golfer . She will be truely missed.

  21. We are still trying to grasp the reality of this news. Pat was always so upbeat and I remember her last goodbye wave with “love you “ as we left the restaurant the last time we were together. May the caring and love of friends and family
    help divide your grief. Love you…Vern and Rita

  22. Ron,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I was a friend of Pat’s through the MN Herb Society. Pat was such a special woman, always with a big smile on her face and an encouraging word. I will treasure her sweet texts to me and will keep her in my prayers. May you know that she was well loved and will be missed. With sympathy.

  23. Ron
    We were so sorry to hear about Pat. Please accept our deepest sympathy at what we know is a difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. Pat was kind and gentle and always upbeat and positive, a lover of purple. Sadly I haven’t seen her for over a year. Prayers to you.

  25. Ron, I am still struggling with this news. I am so grateful to have spent time with you and Pat the week before and always looked forward to your February’s in Phoenix. While distance separated us, you and Pat are and always will be in my heart and I love you both dearly. I will miss our calls in between your visits to Arizona. My heart has broken into a million pieces. Sending you lots of love, support and prayers. Love you both so much.

  26. Kim & Gary Heyer


    Pat always said “make great memories”…
    She will forever be in ours. Ron, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    “When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know.” —Author unknown

    Love Kim & Gary Heyer

  27. Ron,
    I adored Pat and you guys were the perfect team.
    Her sudden death shocked everyone. Pat was one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I have ever known. Her million dollar smile lite up the room. Her legacy will live on in every good and kind thing we do for others. She’d like that. I’m holding you close in my heart❤️

  28. Bob and Sheila Klym

    Ron, I’m so sorry to here of your wife’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers our with you. Bob and Sheila Klym.

  29. Dave and Kathy Osthus

    Kathy and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of Pat. We pray that God would make his presence and comfort very real to you.

  30. Tracy and Trent Wangerin

    Ron, sorry for your loss of Pat! We always enjoyed running into you at parties and get togethers and catching up! We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!!

  31. Rick and Julie Stulz

    Dear Ron
    So very sorry for your loss of your wonderful
    Wife Pat. :))) She will be missed by so many !! We are sending you our thoughts and prayers

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