For the South Saint Paul High School Class of 1969.
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[Thanks to Karen Brubakken for the information that Patricia died in an auto accident on December 4, 1971, and for providing the following biography, which was shared at her funeral.]
Patty Macheel was born in Staples, Minnesota on August 30, 1951. In her twenty years of life she had many joys and pleasant activities, and she tried to help others in many ways.
In her church and Girl Scout activities she did many volunteer services, such as helping in nursing homes and day care centers and being a Red Cross volunteer. One job that she loved was working as a counselor and lifeguard at the South Town YMCA, because there she could see her skills helping other people.
Education was important to Patty, and in high school she benefited from many varied activities. Her French Club trip to New Orleans during her junior year was a high point and may have started her on the college course of preparing to teach languages. As co-editor of the literary magazine, New Voices, flute player in the band, and member of the Girls Athletic Association, she developed her abilities and served her high school.
Patty entered college life and studies at Mankato State College with even more enthusiasm than high school. She was majoring in both French and Spanish, and during this last summer she attended a Spanish seminar in Monterrey, Mexico. She would have graduated in spring 1973.
At Mankato, she met and became engaged to Glenn Mutch, a classmate whose home was in Mankato.
But, more than any other interest or activity, her love of family and friends shaped Patty’s life and the lives of those who knew her. She was a loving daughter and sister, and she left a host of good friends, both from high school and college. Though her life on earth has ended, she will live forever in the memories of her family and friends.