HOLMEN/WHITEHALL, Wis. -- Patricia May (Kjos) Torud, 79, of Holmen, formerly of Whitehall, passed away with family by her side Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, at Bluffview Memory Care in Holmen after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
The only daughter of Paul F. and Florence M. (Johnson) Kjos, Patricia was born June 8,
1941. She graduated from Central High School as a member of the class of 1959. Patty was a
proud cheerleader for the Central Red Raiders.
Patricia married the love of her life, Ardell C Torud June 20, 1959, in La Crosse.
Patty and Ardie were blessed with 61 years of marriage, four children, and 10 grandchildren. Her love of family was evident and she loved each of her grandchildren intensely.
Patricia waitressed at the City Cafe for 10 years, then she worked at Holtans for 21 years,
where she found pride in helping customers. She then moved to EMD for 15 years, and retired
Patty loved to watch Ardie play many fast pitch games and later spent most of her time being the BEST cheerleader a grandchild could ask for. Patty and Ardie attended an incredible amount of activities and sporting events throughout the years. On Monday nights, you could find her at Midway knocking down the pins, and in her extra free time, Patty was usually putting on miles by walking around town.
Those left to cherish Patricia's memory include her husband, Ardell of Holmen; her children and
grandchildren, daughter, Pamela (Michael) Thompson and grandchildren, Tyler (friend Haley
Shepardson) and Alexis, daughter, Paula (Joseph) Carty and grandchildren, Adam (friend Sarah Gessler), Macy, and Aaron (friend Gabby Lewis), daughter, Penny (Thomas) Beers and
grandchildren, Brooklyn, Brynn (friend Cameron Weber), and Branson, and son, Aaron (Karen)
Torud and grandchildren, Mitchell (friend Hannah Smith) and Bridget. She is also survived by
brothers, Roger (Barbara) Kjos, Gerald (Nancy) Kjos, David (Sandy) Kjos; brother-in-law,
Kenneth Giese; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Michael and Rachel Torud. She also has
many nieces and nephews left to share in their pleasant memories of Patty.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Florence Kjos; very special brother, Spencer,
Kjos; niece, Tammy Zanter;, great-nephew, Adam Zanter; and sister-in-law, Marlys Giese.
Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 26. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall. A private prayer service with family and Pastor Peter Jonas will be held
at a different time. A celebration of life for friends and family will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, at the farm.
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