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Patricia Breuer

February 16, 2021 | 46 comments

The mystery is over. Patti’s eyes were closed on earth and opened in paradise to look upon the face of her Savior Jesus Christ.

She was a mother who sought to bind her children to the love of God.

Patricia Breuer, 60, of La Crescent, MN, passed away quietly among her family on February 15, 2021.

Patti was born August 20th of 1960, third of seven children to Douglas and Virgene “Nixie” Oldenburg of La Crosse. She attended St. Pius X, Longfellow and Central, to graduate in 1978.

She grew up on the south side of La Crosse in a very loud but equally loving home. There her sense of humor was allowed to grow and infect anyone who came near. Along with her siblings and a few neighborhood cronies, there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do.  From sleigh-riding to bicycle wipe-outs and other falls, all the stories and legends are true.

Her later interests turned to cosmetology. In the footsteps of her grandparents, she enrolled in the La Crosse School of Beauty. She worked at the Magic Mirror, The Barbers and Hair Headquarters; later, she put out her own shingle “Patti’s Cutting Edge.” Throughout her career she improved the appearances of many of her customers; however, there were a few she just couldn’t help.

Patti’s four “Sistas” were one of her most prized possessions. With laughter permeating every “spirited” occasion, they all shared a great unity, respect and trust. Together they leaned on and built up each other through life’s adventures. With Patti’s passing, there will be a void that cannot be filled.

Later in life, her sense of humor was stretched to the limit when she met and married her best friend Steve Breuer. During their thirty-five years together, they raised three of the best people there will ever be: Emmy, Ben and Sam (or Kitty, as known to his nieces). Patti had four granddaughters (one who will make her appearance in a few weeks) whom she treasured, and there was no doubt that these girls cherished their granny.

Nothing was more important to Patti than her faith. From Crucifixion Vacation Bible School, Bethany Ski Team, bible studies at Bethany Evangelical, First Free and Northside Community Church, to just friendly advice, she became a pillar for many to lean on. Her strong, unwavering belief in Jesus was her rock all the way to the end.

Patti is survived by her husband Steve; children, Emmy (RJ) Wallace, Benjamin (Kallee) and Samuel; granddaughters Mariah and Greta Wallace and Vera Breuer; mother Nixie; siblings Douglas (friend Shalley), Lori (Dean) Hammes, Andrew (Sheri), Jean (Rich) Ellis, Julie (Joseph) Gerke, and Caryn (Jeff) Witt; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Douglas, in-laws Theresa and Bill Breuer and sister-in-law Barb Bennett.

A special thanks to all who made meals, visited, prayed, sent cards and supported Patti, especially Judy Eddy, Dr. Roberto Leon Ferre and Dr. Richard Ellis.

A celebration of life visitation will be held at Coulee Region Cremation Group on Thursday, February 18th from 4:00-7:00pm with a private funeral for her family at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Northside Community Church.




  1. Peggy * Abel Rodriguez

    Patti will be greatly missed. Her light shone brightly to anyone who knew her & her strong faith. I pray for healing & peace during this sad time.

    • Anita

      My heart goes out to the Breuer Family.Patty was a wonderful person and will be missed

    • Wayne Wojciechowski

      Elisabeth shared with me the info about the death of your sister. I am sorry to hear that news and what a loss that must be for you and at such a young age. It sounds like you had a special bond. For her, life is not ended but changed. May you come to realize her loving presence remains with you in a new way now.
      Wayne Wojciechowski

      • Caryn Witt


        Thank you so much for you kind and thoughtful words. I am missing her something fierce, but find comfort knowing she is celebrating in paradise.

        • Lori Vendafreddo (Hoesley)


          Oh my goodness Caryn. I am just seeing this and I am so very sorry. You two were like two peas in a pod. What a wonderful sister you had, she will be dearly missed by all.
          This Video Keepsake is amazing!! Crying my eyes out and thinking of your loss. Lots of love and prayers go out to you and your family.❤️❤️

          • Caryn Witt

            ❤️❤️❤️ thank you Lori. We had so many wonderful times together ❤️

  2. Jessie Haggerty

    Emmy & RJ, There are no words at a time like this that seem to do justice. Know that you have a loving circle of friends and family who will listen when you need to laugh or cry. Losing a parent is by far the most difficult thing one can experience. Find peace knowing you were able to create the memories that you have and to cherish every moment you have to hold on to. Continue to tell stories of your mom and continue to share with your babies how beautiful their grandma was. I’ll be thinking of you.

  3. Don and Sherrie Frame Cody, WY

    We only met Patti once and that is when Ben married our niece Kallee. Even though it was a large wedding, we remember how Patti made us feel so welcome. She was a kind and beautiful woman. So glad she is pain free and in heaven

    • Sheri Oldenburg

      What a wonderful person and beautiful soul to be missed. Exceptional mother and grandmother and wife . I loved her and will miss her dearly . To her family I’m sending my prayers and hugs.

  4. Karen Blechinger

    My deepest sympathies to Patti’s family and friends. Although I did not know her well, her deep faith and love of family was so clear.
    I can not imagine your pain at this time but hope that together you can get through each day.
    Sending love and prayers
    Karen Blechinger

  5. Debbie Huff

    Love you my friend. You will forever be my most cherished friend.

  6. Jody Kidder

    Patti you were a light to my life! Sharing time together at Bible Study and many play dates with our children brought a richness to my life that still shines through!
    Blessings to you Steve, Emmy and family, Ben and family, and Sam. I will pray for you all for all my days!
    Love to you all, Jody Kidder

  7. Ann Lounsbrough

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She was kind and had a smile that lite up the day. I’ll always remember her doing Theresa’s hair in the beauty shop on Saturdays. Forever friends, the Breuers. Love & hugs.

  8. Michael Limberg

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  9. ANDY


  10. Karen Boardman

    Steve and the rest of your entire family. I am deeply sorry for the loss of Patty. I never met Patty but she sounds like an amazing woman. May she rest peacefully in God’s heavenly arms and may our Lord & Savior comfort you all the coming days. With love Karen Moldenhauer Boardman

    • Susan Bock

      Steve and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Patty sounds like an amazing woman and Christian. I pray God gives all of you peace and comfort in the coming days.
      Susan (Moldenhauer) Bock

  11. Steve & Patty Thompson

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Memories of good times spent will stay with us, along with memories of Patty’s caring ways and her thoughtfulness.

    • Bill Wallace

      Emmy & Family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. We have you in our thoughts.

      Peace to you all.

      Bill Wallace & Jaye Pierick

  12. Terry Oldenburg Brower

    My deepest condolences to the Breuer and Oldenburg families. Our prayers and sympathy is with all of you during this time.

  13. Cynthia and Guy Ritchie

    Although we were not able to be with Patti very much, she and her family were and always will be in our thoughts and prayers. Patti was born on my birthday (Aunt Cynthia) and we were her godparents. God bless Patti and all her family.

  14. Kathie and Steve Lathrop

    We ache for our earthly body, but Patti’s Spirit Rejoices with being with Her SAVIOR.
    Patti loved her Savior with all her heart. She accepted all that life gave her. It was a abundantly clear to Her. Her family aches for her but her earthly and Heavenly Father welcomed her with open arms.
    Patti showed her strength every day of her life. I will deeply miss her, but know she in the living arms of our Savior Jesus Christ.
    I pray for her Family that the Lord will Bless them with Loving Memories and His Loving Peace! Amen

  15. Ed Mulholland

    The whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I have great memories of Patty when the Oldenburgs visited NJ and when we visited them in Lacrosse. Those are experiences that helped shape who I am today.

  16. Wanda Nickelotti

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

  17. Kath Gaustad

    What a beautiful light, Patti was, to this world. And what a legacy of faith and hope in Christ she left to all who knew her! She will be so dearly missed by so many…what an honor it is to have been able to call her a friend. Thoughts and prayers are with you all, I am so sorry for your loss.

  18. Patty Harlos

    Patti was an amazing woman I feel so honored and privileged to have known her.
    Such a remarkable life she lived.

    Praying that you’ll find comfort in your memories of her and in the knowledge that others are missing her, too.”
    R.I.P. Love, Patty

  19. Craig & Teri Vitcenda

    Our deepest sympathies to each and everyone. You are in our prayers.

  20. Mike Wolden

    So sorry to hear Steve

  21. Jeff & Cathy Erickson

    She was such a light to all and a friendly smile. She will be missed. I went to grade school with Patty at St Pius X. I also knew of her in and around La Crescent. She was a wonderful person.

  22. Charlotte Andrist

    Steve and your entire family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Patti’s passing. I didn’t have the good fortune of knowing her, but she sounds like a truly amazing woman.

    You all will be in my prayers. May she rest in glorious peace.

    – Charlotte (Bigelow) Andrist

  23. Dave & Julie Dahl

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God give you peace, comfort and strength as you go through this difficult time. Praying for all of you.

  24. Marcia L Splinter

    Praying for your family Steve….my heart is sad and yet I rejoice that her suffering is done…..I know you know what a wonderful women she was….she has left a great legacy of being a faithful follower of Christ and trusting God through her cancer and was looking forward to heaven…she will be missed….

  25. Ellen Brown

    Praying for all of you. I pray all the wonderful memories you have be with you now and always.
    As cousins I loved when we put on plays in the backyard.
    Patti blessed us all with her smile and laughter. God Bless all my cousins, Aunt Virgene and especially Steve, Emmy, Ben and Sam

  26. Jane Kelly

    Thankful Patti is no longer suffering Steve. She loved and lived well, as you know, walking humbly with her God. We continue to pray for all of you as you grieve this enormous loss in your lives. I will always be thankful Patti and I shared part of our lives with the birth of our youngest children (days apart) Patti with Sam and me with Shealan. Fabulous memories of time together laughing, playing, praying scripture, crying, and enjoying our precious last born children together.

  27. Michael Horihan

    My deepest sympathy to the Breuer family. I didn’t know Patricia,  but she sounded like a wonderful lady.   I will pray for Patrica,her husband Steve and the rest of the family during this ruff time. 

  28. Ruth M Dregne

    We have very good memories of Patti working with the youth at Bethany including some of our children. She was a kind, warm and loving person that shared her love of Jesus with others. She will be missed! Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.

  29. Sarah Graves

    Steve and family,
    It sounds like Patti was a great person and was loved by all who knew her. My deepest sympathy, cousin Steve, for your loss. I hope that her spirit lives on in all your lives and gives you comfort when you miss her most.

    With love,
    Sarah Graves (Helfrich), Rita Breuer and all my siblings and our families

  30. Lou Oldenburg

    I am so sad to hear about Patti. You are all in my thoughts during this incredibly tough time. What an amazing person she was. Hugs to everyone.

  31. Mary Wilhelm Atkinson

    My Deepest Sympathy and Prayers are with the Whole Oldenburg family!

  32. Dave and Yoriko Thesing

    We are so sorry for loss. Find peace and comfort in God.
    We Are praying for you and your family at this difficult time.

  33. Patty Dunne

    You are all in our hearts and prayers during this very difficult time. My God’s love surround you and may the memories you all shared with your sister warm your heart. She will be with you forever. Her joy and sense of humor made everyone want to be around her- be sure to carry that joy on in her memory. ❤️ Dad and I will be “attending” the service virtually. Know that although we are not physically there – we are with you ❤️

  34. myron zessin

    Steve and Karen

    I’ve known your families for years and they are the finest.
    So sorry for your loss.

    Myron Zessin

  35. Jill M. Miller

    Sending love and prayers.

  36. The Storlie Family

    We just heard this sad news! Our heart goes out to the Breuer Family.Patty was such a sweet funny lady. We will cherish the memories of summer baseball.⚾️ Godspeed.
    Brian, Maureen, Vittoria and Casey Storlie. Hokah, MN

  37. Judy Mueller

    Steve and Family, There are no words to describe the influence Patti had on my life. There are few people who can hold a candle to her faith, love and real approach to life’s situations. Women’s ministry, children’s Bible studies, ski team and the big influence she had on the young people. God knew her time had been served and His face is definitely shining upon her. Love and hugs to each of you in the Breuer and Oldenburg family.

  38. Lorie

    I was blessed to attend several women’s bible studies with Patti at First Free. She was the real deal. Her passion for Christ and her knowledge of the Bible was amazing. My prayer for her family and friends is that you find comfort in the stories you share and know that she was loved by so many people here on earth.


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