Patricia Ann Larson Witzel


Patricia Ann Larson Witzel


Patricia Ann Larson Witzel, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a dear friend to many, passed away on Jan. 6, 2019, in Kalispell, after a brief illness.

Patricia was born on Dec. 12, 1934, in Lewistown, to Henry G. and Pearl (Duncan) Larson — the first of seven children. She grew up in the Pleasant Valley community near Windham, Montana, where her family farmed. Patricia attended Windham Public School, graduated Stanford High School and attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, where she worked as a bookkeeper for GMC Agencies before and during college.

Patricia met her future husband Theodore “Ted” Witzel while in college and they were married in Billings on Aug. 28, 1954. They had two daughters, Debra Ann, born in Bozeman, and Sally Jo, born in Ronan.

Patricia (Pat or Trish) and her family lived in Bozeman, Ronan, Whitefish, Somers and briefly in Seattle before spending 31 years traveling with her husband between their Montana home and their Lake Havasu, Arizona home, where they wintered. Pat enjoyed cooking, entertaining, golfing and boating. Pat belonged to the Moose Lodge in Kalispell and was a Lioness and member of Lion’s Club International in Kalispell. Pat loved to travel and visited many countries, including Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway, and cruised the Panama Canal!

Pat loved her family and its history and she spent many hours researching both the Scottish and Norwegian sides of the family tree, as well as attending several family reunions held for the Larson/Paulgaard family in both Canada and Norway.

Left to mourn her loss are her husband, Theodore “Ted,” Kalispell; daughters, Debra Ann D’Arcy, Casper, Wyomingm Sally Jo Witzel, Kelowna, BC, Canada; Pat’s siblings, Margaret (Jack) Roan, Billings, Carmen (Allen) Mers, Florida, Lars Larson, Nevada, Jimmy (Karen) Larson, Hysham; sister-in-law, Violet (Clarence) Krum, Billings; brothers-in-law, Dan (Phyllis) Witzel, Billings, Jack Witzel, Ballantine, and Lloyd (Mary) Witzel, Washington; three grandchildren, Tiege (Becky) Gates, Nevada, Christopher D’Arcy, Wyoming, and Kelsey (Mary Ellen) D’Arcy, Billings; six great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and good friends. Pat was preceded in death by her parents; sister Joan Steiger; and brother Ted Larson.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave., in Billings. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Michelotti-Sawyers. Refreshments will be served immediately following the memorial service. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Ballantine.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Pat’s honor or charity of your choice.

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4 thoughts on “Patricia Ann Larson Witzel”

  1. Debby, We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a lovely person and will be so missed by all of her family and friends. We are thinking of you and hugging you from a distance.

  2. Dear Ted and Family,

    I am shocked to hear the sad news and don’t know any words to express my sorrow. Every moment I shared with Pat and you was precious to my late husband Ken and me. Pat will always be in my heart. I will always cherish memories with her.

    I send all my love and all my sympathy over the ocean.

  3. Ted, Our hearts in Lake Havasu are heavy with grief for the loss of this amazing lady. Pat was always so special to me. Her kindhearted, generous spirit will live on with anyone she new. We will always cherish the time and memories we had. Hugs and love from your culdesac family.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss of Pat your amazing wife. I will always remember the trip you took me on with Sally about 40 years ago. I will remember Pats kindness toward me always. She was a dear person. I had sent her a message on Facebook 2x recently and when there was no response I knew something was very wrong with her not answering my message. Sadly I found this. I am so sorry for your loss. Sandy Shaw

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