Patricia A. Shanks (nee Moseler), Shell Lake, WI, entered her eternal home on September 25, 2020. She was born on March 9, 1938, in Peeksville, WI, to Gertrude (Bucheger) and George Moseler. She spent her childhood in Ontonagon, MI, Glidden, WI, and grew to adulthood in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, where she graduated from SS Peter & Paul Grade School in 1952 and from Assumption High School in 1956. She was united in marriage to Charles Shanks on August 8, 1959, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wisconsin Rapids. They raised their family of four children in Dayton, OH, and Antioch, IL. Pat served as secretary for the Dept. of Engineering & Housing at Fort Sheridan, IL, from 1983-1987 and as Program Coordinator for LAI Reliability Systems in Antioch from 1987 until retirement in 1997. She enjoyed various part-time jobs during her retirement.
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a faithful member of St. Peter Catholic Church parish, Antioch, where she was Eucharistic Minister and member of CCW. In addition, she was a charter member of St. Peter’s Singles Group. The St. Peter’s choir was also a highlight in her life. She will be remembered for her enduring faith, her deep family love, making soup for the hungry, her passion for history and genealogy, and her wonderful sense of humor. She was an avid genealogist and a member of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, tracing her roots back to the 1500s, all before the use of a computer by the way. She had traced her ancestors to Mosel, Germany, on the Mosel River. She enjoyed helping others in their quest for ancestral history. Her hobby of crocheting made many people happy in the gifts that she made.
She was preceded in death by her husband Chuck; her son Jay; her parents; brothers Gerald and John Moseler; brothers-in-law Hank Bellows, Lon Wiggins, and Bill Gardner; sister-in-law Margie (Schroedel) Moseler; and nephew Derek Shanks.
She is survived by two sons, one daughter and one daughter-in-law and their children: Greg (Alice) Shanks, Bluffton, SC, and their son, Charles Shanks II (Cal); Kelly Shanks, Bluffton, SC (daughter-in law & widow of Jay Shanks) and daughters Tess (Cody) Roach, Paige and Emma Shanks; Mary Pat Shanks Dubek of Shell Lake, WI, and her children, Billie Marie (Eric) Rezarch, Andrew Joseph, Carly and Abigail Dubek; and.Jon Shanks, Shell Lake, WI. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Carter Shanks, Corbin, Hadley and Brynlee Roach, and Teddy and Audrey Rezarch. Also surviving are sisters, Joanne Gardner, Baraboo, WI; Ellen (Dave) Hertel, Sun City West, AZ, and Teresa (John) Wisener, Bullhead City, AZ; sisters-in-law, Sharon Moseler, Menomonie, WI, Judy (Jim) Shanks Persch, Fort Meyers, FL, Nancy (Gary) Shanks Dubis, West Allis, WI, and brother-in-law James (Lidia) Shanks, Milwaukee, WI; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.
Pat will be cremated with a celebration memorial service in early Summer of 2021 at St. Peter Church, Antioch, IL, and a graveside service taking place in Wilmot, WI. Honorary future pallbearers will be: Christopher Moseler, Ty Moseler, Eric Rezarch, Tim Bruer, Don Kolle, and Chris Ano. Cards may be sent to the Shanks Family at 210 3rd Ave., Shell Lake, WI 54871.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in Pat’s memory.
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