Obituary for Patricia Cooke

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Patricia Cooke on June 20, 2019 passed peacefully with her daughter Joanne Cooke and friend Carrie Lapham holding her at Eagle Crest South.
Born February 15, 1930 the only child of Edmund and Mary Dwan in Torrington, CT.
She was introduced to her husband Joseph Cooke by her Godmother Jane Scovle. After their first date Joseph went home that night and told his father that he had met the woman he would marry. They were married on September 24, 1949 in Torrington CT.
Patricia followed Joe as his career had them moving around the country. In the first 25 years of their marriage they had 19 homes. She had moving down to a science while raising 5 daughters only 2 born in the same city. In 1974 Patricia announced that the next move would be the last. Joe gave her a choice of Front Royal VA or La Crosse, WI. She chose La Crosse so in 1975 La Crosse became their hometown. Patricia was flipping houses before flipping became a thing.
Preceded in death by Joseph (5/30/1999) daughter Mary Ellen Ehle (2013) parents Edmund and Mary Dwan, in-laws Joseph and Maggie Cooke, sister-in-law Virginia Cooke Grunewald and brother-in-law Robert Cooke. Survived by daughters Joanne Cooke (La Crosse) Barbara (Buddy) Davidson, Jane (Dan) Babcock both of Manitowoc and Margaret (John) Mims of Nashville, TN. Grandson Joseph (Ellen) Ehle of Monroe, WI, great granddaughters Grace and Faith Ehle of Cedar Rapids, IA, great grandson Milo Ehle of Monroe.
Thank you to the staff at Eagle Crest South for the great care they gave Patricia in the 2 years she was in Assisted Living.
A celebration of her life will be held on July 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at La Crosse Country Club (300 Marcou Road, Onalaska). Burial will be in the Old St. Francis Cemetery in Torrington, CT on August 22, 2019.
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