THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Patricia A. Hestand
Issue Date: May 10, 2017
Patricia Ann Hestand, 67, one of the Lynch girls, passed away Wednesday, March 8.
Born in San Jose, Ca., she was raised outside of Chicago with her mother, Winnie and sister, Loree and were near her aunts, uncles and cousins. An older brother, Rick preceded her in death.
In 1971, she attended nursing school outside of Chicago, where she met her best friend Karyn, a friendship that lasted 47 years. After graduation, they worked at Evanston Hospital and moved to California together. The skills and training they learned made their friendship grow closer.
She met her future husband, Ray Hestand and they married on July 24, 1975 and moved to the San Jose area. They operated a successful commercial construction business for almost 40 years. After retirement, they bought a seaside home in Capitola, Ca., where they had family traditions and holiday celebrations with family and friends.
Each summer they returned to Wisconsin for country festivals and kept in touch with friends. After retirement, they purchased a home in Marinette, where she learned about carpentry, shoveling snow, hauling and splitting wood and cutting grass.
As a young girl, her mother would take the children on a road trip with a pop-up camper, going to places like the world's largest ball of string or Route 66, which started her love for travel. After marriage, they continued this tradition pulling their Airstream trailer from California to go pick up a new truck or her 95th Anniversary Road King Harley with their dog by their side. Proud to own her own Harley, she rode it to Milwaukee to celebrate Harley Davidson's 95th Anniversary and parade.
A favorite trip was to Italy to celebrate her sister Loree's birthday and also to Ireland while her daughter, Bridget was a foreign exchange student there. She tracked her family roots while she was there.
As a mother, she taught respect, good manners and a strong work ethic. She cared for others, putting others happiness above her own and was proud of her family and grandchildren. She loved the special artwork they made for her, songs they sang and the dances they did for her. She had a special love for her nephews.
Her home was open to visitors for holidays at anytime. She loved sitting on her dock on the bay enjoying nature and loved living in the country in Wisconsin.
During her illness, neighbors and friends remembered her with cards, flowers and homemade meals, bread and goodie.
In her memory, a Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, July 4 at her home on Shore Drive with details announced at a later date. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home.