Patricia “Patty” Hope Sturm, age 62, died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, February 28, 2016. She was born October 3, 1953 in Merrill to the late Lawrence and Martha Hope (Ward) Euler. Patty and Mark Sturm were united in marriage on October 13, 1973 in Wausau.
Patty attended Wausau High School, now known as Wausau East. Patty and her family operated the family dairy farm until 2001. Patty then worked at the United States Department of Agriculture in the FSA department. Among many things, she enjoyed sewing, gardening, baking, camping and watching NASCAR racing. Patty was a warm, welcoming person who was always there for everyone. She was a great example for her children and grandchildren. Patty was a loving mother and grandmother whose grandchildren were very near and dear to her heart. She was very involved with her grandchildren and their many activities. She was a well-liked, outgoing and personable woman. Patty was a teddy bear collector and a big John Deere fan. She enjoyed family gatherings and always organized holiday get-togethers, preparing wonderful meals for all to enjoy. Patty was a great cook who enjoyed trying out new recipes. Patty was very active with Grace Lutheran Church and expressed her strong faith by teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir and helping organize the annual Christmas program.
Survivors include her husband: Mark Sturm, Wausau; four children: Jason (Terri) Sturm, Wausau, Jennifer (Jason) Lemmer, Merrill, Jamie (Chad) Mathwich, Marathon, and Jeremy (Katie) Sturm, Wausau; nine grandchildren: Devin, Bryce, Cody, Mariah, Hailey, Brayden, Caden, Sydney and August; sister: Barbara Klade, Merrill; three brothers: Willy (Candi) Euler, Nevada, Jimmy (LeeAnn) Euler, and Mark (Marian) Euler, all of Arizona; sister-in-law: Donna Euler; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents: Lawrence (Martha) Euler, brothers: Larry Euler and Dennis Euler, mother and father-in-law: Ellart and Marcella Sturm, and brother-in-law: Bill Klade.
Funeral services for Patty will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church, town of Berlin. Pastor Nathan Biebert will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-8 PM Friday, March 11 at Waid Funeral Home and again from 10 AM until the time of service at the church on Saturday. Burial will follow in the town of Berlin cemetery. Waid Funeral Home of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.