Patricia May (Kjos) Torud, age 79, of Holmen, formerly of Whitehall, passed away with family by
her side on Sunday, September 20th, 2020 at Bluffview Memory Care in Holmen after a long
battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The only daughter of Paul F. and Florence M. (Johnson) Kjos, Patricia was born on June 8th,
1941 in LaCrosse. She graduated from Central High School as a member of the class of 1959. Patty was a
proud cheerleader for the Central Red Raiders.
Patricia married the love of her life, Ardell C Torud on June 20th, 1959 in La Crosse.
Patty and Ardie were blessed with 61 years of marriage, 4 children, and 10 grandchildren. Her
love of family was evident and she loved each of her grandchildren intensely.
Patricia waitressed at the City Cafe for 10 years, then she worked at Holtans, for 21 years,
where she found pride in helping customers. She then moved to EMD for 15 years, and retired
Patty loved to watch Ardie play many fastpitch games and later spent most of her time being the
BEST cheerleader a grandchild could ask for. Patty and Ardie attended an incredible amount of
activities and sporting events throughout the years. On Monday nights, you could find her at
Midway knocking down the pins, and in her extra free time, Patty was usually putting on miles
by walking around town.
Those left to cherish Patricia’s memory include: her husband Ardell of Holmen, her children and
grandchildren: daughter Pamela (Michael) Thompson and grandchildren Tyler (friend Haley
Shepardson) and Alexis, daughter Paula (Joseph) Carty and grandchildren Adam (friend Sarah
Gessler), Macy, and Aaron (friend Gabby Lewis), daughter Penny (Thomas) Beers and
grandchildren Brooklyn, Brynn (friend Cameron Weber), and Branson, and son Aaron (Karen)
Torud and grandchildren Mitchell (friend Hannah Smith) and Bridget. She is also survived by
brothers Roger (Barbara) Kjos, Gerald (Nancy) Kjos, David (Sandy) Kjos, brother-in-law
Kenneth Giese and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Michael and Rachel Torud. She also has
many nieces and nephews left to share in their pleasant memories of Patty.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Florence Kjos; a very special brother, Spencer
Kjos; a niece, Tammy Zanter; a great nephew, Adam Zanter and a sister-in-law, Marlys Giese.
Visitation will be in the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m on Saturday, September 26, 2020. A private prayer service with family and Pastor Peter Jonas will be held at a different time. On Saturday, September 26, 2020 a Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held at the family farm in rural Whitehall from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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