Patricia J. Steckbauer

Patricia J. Steckbauer, age 78, of Rhinelander, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Friendly Village Nursing Home. Patricia was born to the late Fredrick Hugh and Dimple Delight (Nichols) Theilman on Aug. 1, 1941, on her grandmother’s kitchen table in Elmhurst, Wis. She grew up in the Elmhurst, Tigerton, Embarrass, Shawano, and Antigo areas. On July 26, 1958, she married Richard “Dick” Steckbauer, in Aniwa, Wis.

Patricia and Richard had seven children in nine years while living in the Harshaw area. Patricia enjoyed volunteering, writing, and quilting. In 1987, she secured her GED, of which she was very proud. In 2014, Richard died and her greatest love story ended. While her life was filled with many challenges, she successfully raised strong-willed and hard-working children.

Patricia is survived by her seven Children, SueEllen (Glenn) Hopp, of Rhinelander; Ann (Tony) Pichardo, of Albuquerque, N.M., Laura (Joel) Keplin, of Ripon, Wis., Mark (Felicia) Steckbauer, of Olive Branch, Miss., Christine (Kirk) Russell, of Elkhorn, Wis., Phillip (Marie) Steckbauer, of Cummings, Ga., and Keith (Jodi) Steckbauer, of New London, Wis.; one Sister, Donna Duranceau, of Tomahawk. She is further survived by 21 Grandchildren and eight Great-Grandchildren.

Patricia was preceded in death by her Parents, Frederick and Dimple; her In-Laws, Ambrose and Agnes Steckbauer, who she loved as a mother; her Brother, Irwin “Dick” Theilman; her Sister, Shirley Haas, and her Granddaughter, Kaitlyn Steckbauer.

No immediate services are planned. A graveside ceremony will be held in July at the Union Grove Cemetery in Harshaw, Wis. Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting the family. View Patricia’s obituary and leave online condolences at

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