Patricia Marion Steberl nee: Krizan, age 76 of Friendship, Wisconsin, passed away Sunday, November 14, 2010, at St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo, Wisconsin. She was born April 15, 1934, in Racine, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Simon and Bozana (Bessie) Krizan (nee: Kuzela). Patricia attended grade school at St. John Nepomuk Catholic School and graduated in 1952 from St. Catherine’s High School, both in Racine, WI. As a teenager in 1947 to 1949, she played baseball on the Racine Junior Belles on the green team. Pat mainly played shortstop and left outfielder. She also learned to pitch because her late sister Alice (Krizan) Gissel was a catcher for the red team. After graduation she worked for SC Johnson Wax in Racine, WI until her marriage to William J. Steberl, son of Joseph and Bessie Steberl of Racine, on May 1, 1954, at St. John Nepomuk Church in Racine. The couple settled in Oak Creek, WI to raise their family. Pat was a member and Past-President of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 434 in Oak Creek. She worked at Drews Department Store in Oak Creek as a manager for years until she and Bill bought the Bear Trap Sports Shop in Friendship, WI, which they owned and operated for nearly 30 years. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 6279 and a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, both in Adams-Friendship, WI. She has been retired for eight years, enjoying camping and fishing in northern Wisconsin near Chetek. She liked playing Bingo at the VFW, the Red Hat Ladies, gardening, golf, and bowling. She is fondly remembered by her friends and family for her famous Czech cuisine. Survivors include her husband: William J. Steberl of Friendship, WI; three sons: Joseph (Kathleen) Steberl of Geneva, IL; Thomas (Ann) Steberl of Wild Rose, WI; John (Mary Ann) Steberl of Baraboo, WI; one daughter: Carol Grabstanowicz of Bolingbrook, IL; ten grandchildren: Stephen Steberl of Chicago, IL; Shana Steberl of Geneva, IL; Kristen Grabstanowicz of Moline, IL; Lauren Grabstanowicz of St. Charles, IL; Emery Steberl, Tommi-Ann Steberl, Thomasha-Ann Steberl, Amy Rodacker of Wild Rose, WI; Bobbi Steberl, Sammi Steberl of Baraboo, WI; one great-grandson: Trenton Tyler of Geneva, IL; two sisters: Betty Seitz of Oak Creek, WI, and Kathleen (William) Mertig of Ashland, WI; one brother: Simon (Rosemary) of Arlington Heights, IL: one brother-in-law: Clarence Gissel of Racine, WI; special mention: Justin and Keegan Seybold of Moline, IL, and Christopher O’Brien of St. Charles, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Simon and Bozana (Bessie) Krizan (nee: Kuzela); one brother, Harold Krizan; one sister, Alice (Krizan) Gissel; one brother-in-law, Robert Seitz. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 807 W. Lake Street in Friendship, WI. Father James P. MacNamee will officiate. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment with a prayer service will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19th, 2010 at the Holy Cross Chapel, 5600 Holy Cross Road, Racine, WI. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Clare Hospice House, 915 12th St., Baraboo, WI 53913 or the Transverse Myelitis Association, Paula Lazzeri – Treasurer, 10105 167th Place NE, Redmond, WA 98052-3125. The family wishes to thank the staff at UW Hospital in Madison, Sauk County Health Center in Reedsburg, and St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo, for their compassionate care given to Patricia. Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit www.roseberrys.com for online condolences and further information.
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