Patricia R. Martin

Patricia R. Martin, age 81 of Plum City, died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at the Plum City Care Center in Plum City, WI. 
Pat was born on July 26, 1939, in Durand, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Ray L. and Irene (Prissel) Bauer. She grew up in Durand, attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Durand High School in 1957. After high school, Pat attended UW- La Crosse to pursue a degree in education. Pat married Lester “Les” Martin on September 13, 1958, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand. After marriage, they moved to the Martin home farm in Plum City where they raised their family. When her children were older, Pat finished her degree at UW-River Falls and started her career in education. Pat taught for a few years at St. Mary’s Catholic School and for 26 years at Plum City High School until her retirement. After retirement, Pat enjoyed tutoring students and being on the Plum City Scholarship Committee.
Pat enjoyed reading and spending time with family and friends. Her patron saint was Saint Francis of Assisi, the protector of animals. Pat had a love for all animals and always had pets at home.
Pat is survived by her children: Alison (Zane) Gray of Las Vegas, NV; Betsy (Kent) Myhre of Woodbury, MN; Chris (Lori) of Plum City, WI; Mike of Plum City, WI; Mary (Ben) Valencia of Mesa, AZ; and Joe (Bonnie) of Pepin, and  nine grandchildren.
She is also survived by five siblings: Marjorie “Bunny” (Fritz) Kazlausky of Fox Lake, IL; Roger (Alice) Bauer of Durand, WI;  Barb Gibson of Menomonie, WI; Kathy Kay of Portland, OR; and Tom Bauer of Eau Claire, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Les, and her brother, Ronald Bauer.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 12 p.m.(noon) - 4 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2020, at Molly’s on Main in Plum City. 
Memorials may be made in Pat’s name to the Plum City High School Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund (PCEF).
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.
Condolences may be made online at


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