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Patricia "Patty" Paul LaFave

Patricia "Patty" Paul LaFave

Patricia (Patty) Paul LaFave died peacefully at Carondelet Care Center on October 20 in Saint Paul, Minnesota at the age of 93.

Patty is survived by her children Carol Gabler (Bill) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Joe LaFave (Twink) of St. Paul, Julie LaFave of Washington, DC, Cathy McConnell (Stuart) of Marietta, Georgia, Paul LaFave (Tina) of Omaha, Nebraska, her brother-in-law Dr. James LaFave (Gail) of St. Paul, her sister-in-law Connie Paul of Waterloo, Iowa, fourteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Edward Joseph LaFave Jr., her father Ray S. Paul, her mother, Carol Cobb Paul, her brother Jack Paul, her sister Julie Paul Williams, and four infant sons. Her brother-in-law Dr. Thomas Williams died the day after Patty.

Patty LaFave was born on September 3, 1925 in Waterloo, Iowa to Ray and Carol Paul. She attended Wellesley College and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1947 with a degree in psychology. That same year she married her soulmate Edward Joseph LaFave, Jr. of Morris, Minnesota. After living in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the couple moved to Morris in 1949 when Ed began working for the Citizens Bank where he retired. Patty worked beside Ed for years as an integral part of their company, Phoenix Realty.

Patty and Ed had five children who they raised in a warm, loving home. Her children remember her as an inspired role model who encouraged lifelong learning, a love of books (including frequent visits with all five children to the library), community engagement, and regular gatherings with family and friends. Patty was an accomplished bridge player, and loved nothing more than playing games at the lake with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Patty and Ed were longtime supporters of the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) and made UMM a part of LaFave family life. In 2004, they created a scholarship for non-traditional students seeking college degrees, with a specific focus on women going back to college. Patty was an enthusiastic volunteer for many causes including the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Pre-School Vision & Hearing Screening, Meals on Wheels, and any school or church events in which her children were involved.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on November 17 at 11 a.m. at Carondelet Village, 525 Fairview Avenue South in Saint Paul. A reception at Carondelet Village will follow.

The family would like to thank all of Patty's caregivers in Alexandria and St. Paul, as well as the Sisters, caregivers and friends at Carondelet Village for their loving attention to Patty during her final years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Edward and Patricia LaFave Scholarship at University of Minnesota Morris, Attn. Susan Schmidgall, Director of Advancement, 600 E 4th Street, Morris, MN, 56267.