PATRICIA RUNQUIST

P. Runquist webPatricia “Pat” Runquist, of Mora, died on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at FirstLight Health System in Mora.  She was 59 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, December 16th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Eugene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be from 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 15th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora; plus one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Patricia Marie Runquist passed away on December 10th, 2013 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 59 years old.

Pat was born on November 28th, 1954 at St. Joseph Hospital in Dickinson, North Dakota to Clifford “Kip” and Leoda (Haupt) Cole. Shortly after she was born, her family moved to Warman, MN.  In 1960, her family moved from Warman to a farm north of Mora and in 1970 they moved into the city of Mora. She attended the Blaine country school for three years and then attended Fairview Elementary and graduated from Mora High School in 1972. She then went onto school at the MN School of Business.

Pat worked at American Linen for one year, Fingerhut for 10 years and finally FirstLight Health System for 28 years as the Materials Manager.  Pat was united in marriage to Martin Runquist on September 23rd, 1977 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. Together, Marty and Pat made their home north of Mora with their two daughters.

Pat’s first love was her family. She so enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and extended family. Pat enjoyed gardening, cooking, cross-stitching and collecting snowmen and tea pots. She also enjoyed traveling with her family and close friends, Rose Ryan and Kathy Lick.  She was a member of St. Martha’s Mission Circle, Town & Country Garden Club and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Pat is survived by her husband, Marty Runquist, children, Katie (Ryan) Kerr of Mora, Kelly (Scott) O’Neill of Olivia and step-son Chris (Alicia) Runquist of St. Paul; and mother, Leoda Cole of Mora and brother, Chuck (Cathy) Cole of Mora; grandchildren, Luke and Anna Runquist, Isabel and Piper O’Neill, Nora and Macy Kerr; and many beloved uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by her father Clifford “Kip” Cole and brother Philip Cole.

A Memorial Service was held on Monday, December 16th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Eugene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiating.  Music was provided by Jean Mork, Kris Paulson, St. Mary’s Choir and Katie Phenow.  Pallbearers were Frank Weisz, Frank Haupt, Jr., Ryan Kerr, Scott O’Neill, Chris Runquist and Luke Runquist.  Honorary Pallbearers were Rose Ryan, Kathy Lick, Lory Dubbels, Jo DeFeyter, Melissa Peterson, Jenny Matykiewicz, Peggy DeSanto and Dawn Hinrichs.

13 guestbook entries for PATRICIA RUNQUIST

  1. Dorothyhl December 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Pat was an inspiration to all of us who were lucky enough to share her love and friendship. Her positive attitude and faith in the face of this horrible disease was the least to say awe inspiring. She was a pleasure to work with and we often stood and admired her commitment to her job and she was one of the most respected employees at Kanabec Hospital (First Light). I especially treasure her friendship and the compassion and consideration for all of us who were lucky enough to share in the personal side of her life. I will miss her but am left with many wonderful memories.

  2. Deanna Howard December 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Pat was an inspiration to all of us and her passing is a great loss. I met Pat through my sister many, many years ago. I live in CA, but often when I was in MN I would come by the hospital to see her and chat with her. In the interim times, I would periodically correspond with her. When she became ill, I saw what an outstanding woman she was and how she showed strength in tribulation. Never did she complain, and always had a smile on her face when I was with her. When my mom was ill, Pat was an inspiration to her and our family. I have prayed for her throughout her long illness, and I will miss her more than words can express. Special friends such as Pat are few and far between. She is no longer physically with us, but I know I will never forget the kind, gracious and strong woman she was. I pray for continued strength for the family during this most difficult time.

  3. Mattsons December 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Sorry Marty and family for your loss.

  4. Jan & Steve S December 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    So very sorry to see this, she was always so positive about how she was doing. always had a smile. See will be missed by many!!

  5. Melody Norgaard December 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Very sorry for you loss, Pat was good person and I am glad we were friends. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you
    Melody Norgaard

  6. Tony Hallin December 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    So sorry, Pat was an inspiration to any one that knew her. She will be missed.

  7. Craig Gross December 12, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    See ya later buddy! It’s what we always use to say to each other at the end of the day. Still stands.
    Miss ya

  8. Laurel Sampson December 13, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    I met Pat about a year ago through work, and while I have not known her long, I felt inspired by her tenacity and strength immediately. She left an impression; always up beat, positive and warm. I never heard her complain and everytime I saw her she was smiling, what a kind soul! She will be missed!

  9. Sheri & Dale Roeschlein December 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    We are so very sorry for your loss. She was a super strong woman and one of the most positive, as well. We will truly miss her.

  10. Lisa Peterson December 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I was very sad to hear of Pat’s passing. She was a strong, kind woman and I feel blessed to have worked with her. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Donna Smith December 15, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Marty and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. There are no words to express the loss or all that you have been through. Hold on to the memories and the gift of Pat’s love. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Jackie Busch December 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I am so sorry Marty. I didnt know Pat, but, by the way you spoke so highly of her, I know she was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be very missed.

  13. Leo & Betty Kaas Fort Mill,SC January 5, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    We were so saddened by the news of Pat’s passing. We first learned about her death a few days ago in the Kanabec County newspaper web-site. We often saw Pat at church and she always had a beautiful smile. Her love and tenderness for her family was very evident. Marty, you and your family are in our prayers.

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