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September 2, 2021

Patricia L. Jelle

Patricia Lynn Jelle, age 70, passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2021, at UW Hospital in Madison, WI. She was born on June 1, 1951, the daughter of Harvey Schmidt and Adeline Hammen.

Pat was proud that during her teenage years she grew up at their house in the Arboretum. She graduated from Madison Central High School in 1969, the last class to graduate from Central. Pat would then go on to work as an administrative assistant for the State of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin for many years at the School of Business and School of Medicine. In 1988, Pat married Larry Jelle in Las Vegas, NV. Pat and Larry enjoyed traveling in their motorhome including wintering in Ft. Meyers, FL, and summers in northern Wisconsin in Shawano County. She was an ardent Packers backer, especially after learning that Larry's father helped to build Lambeau Field. Pat was a kind and compassionate soul always wanting to care for others, along with caring for her furry friends.

Pat is survived by her husband, Larry Jelle of New Glarus, WI; son, Jason Jelle of Belleville, WI; step-son, Scott (Julie) Klassy of Mount Horeb, WI; grandchildren, Bryson and Regyn Jelle; step-grandsons, Ryne Ferguson and Zach, Garrit, and Travis Klassy. She is further survived her siblings, Jean (Randy) Rogers of Ft. Meyers, FL, Rita (David) Off of Fitchburg, WI, and Harvey (Tracy) Schmidt Jr. of Lodi, WI; half-brothers, Eric (Carrie) Schmidt and Tylor (Cori) Schmidt of Belleville; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 Sixth Avenue, New Glarus, WI, with the Rev. Kelley Volk officiating. A gathering of relatives and friends will precede the memorial service from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home in New Glarus, WI, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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