Published: Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Patricia (Sanvik) Kittelson was born Jan 12, 1928, in Starbuck, Minn. She graduated from Starbuck High School and received a bachelor’s degree in home economics with a minor in art from St Catherine's College in St. Paul, Minn. Pat taught home economics in Wheaton, Minn., where she met and married Selmer Kittelson in 1952.
In 1960, Selmer packed all their belongings in a pickup truck, put Pat and their four children (ages 4 and under) on the train and moved to California. They lived in Claremont, Calif., for 30 years raising five children: John, Cathy, Mary, Paul and Karen.
Selmer taught junior high school science and they spent summers at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, where Selmer worked as a seasonal park ranger.
Patricia taught English as a second language with her friend Liz Josslyn in Pomona, Calif. Together they helped many people gain citizenship and made many friends from all around the world. Pat and Selmer moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1990 so they could enjoy their four grandchildren during the winter and continue to spend the summers in Custer, S.D.
A few years after Selmer's death in 2009, Pat moved to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to be close to her daughter Mary (Kevin) Cooper.
Patricia died April 18, 2013, after a short battle with pneumonia while living in San Louis Obispo, Calif. She was 85.
She is survived by two sons, John (Pat Jr.) Kittelson of Denver, Colo., and Paul Kittelson (Carter Ernst) of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Cathy (Sid) Bacon of Phoenix, Mary (Kevin) Cooper of San Luis Obispo and Karen Kittelson of Tucson, Ariz.; and four grandchildren, Andy (Kate) Kittelson of Denver, Christian Kittelson of Seattle, Wash., Laura Bacon of Phoenix and Dan (Liz) Bacon of San Diego, Calif.
Find out more at www.forevermissed.com/patricia-sanvik-kittelson.
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