Spielman, Patrick E. "Mr. Pat"
Patrick E. "Mr. Pat" Spielman died suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 27 at his home
in Fish Creek as the result of an apparent heart attack. He was born March
17, 1936, in Spring Lake Township, Minn. to Andrew M. and Della Jean (Ince)
Spielman. Patrick graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1958
with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Arts. He was married to Patricia "Mrs.
Pat" Rogers June 7, 1958. He spent 27 years as a high school woodworking
instructor, 23 of them at Gibraltar High School. Through use of hands-on
techniques he inspired his students to create innovative and practical
projects. Motivating his students to apply themselves and develop their
talents was his passion, and he leaves behind hundreds of dedicated students
as part of his legacy. Patrick was a world-renowned author of over 65
woodworking books with special editions published in several languages. He
began working on his first book at the age of 24, and continued authoring
books, including two current projects, over the span of his 46 year career.
In addition to his success as an entrepreneur, he was a sought after process
and design consultant to woodworking equipment manufacturers, and a
respected spokesperson for innovative and quality industry products. His
entrepreneurial ventures were a result of his innovative spirit and creative
mind. Patrick, along with wife Patricia, began a business out of his
workshop in 1974 with his own hand-crafted products, turnings, signs and
cedar lawn furniture. The business grew to include consignment and
manufactured products and moved to its current location in downtown Fish
Creek in 1982. In March of 2003, Patrick was honored with the James Huff
Stout Award. The honor is given to a distinguished alumnus for their work in
enhancing the prestige of UW-Stout and enriching the lives of those touched
by their work.
Pat is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia; son, Robert (Bonnie), Baileys
Harbor; daughter, Sherri (Luke) Valitchka, De Pere; daughter, Sandra
(Bernie) Friedenfels, Jacksonport; two grandchildren, Zoe Samantha-Ann
Valitchka; Sophia Marie Friedenfels, and a third grandchild expected in
November; and sister, Winnifred (Andrew) Schoenbauer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Donald and Robert; and
step-father Nick Wolf.
Friends may call Monday, Nov. 1 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Casperson Funeral Home
in Sister Bay. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2 at St.
Paul's Catholic Church in Fish Creek with Pastor Michael Brecke officiating.
Burial services will follow at Blossomburg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park,
Fish Creek. Please join the family for a celebration luncheon at the Parkway
Supper Club in Fish Creek at approximately 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of
Patrick Spielman. Donations may be mailed to: Patrick Spielman Memorial
Fund, c/o Baylake Bank, Attn: Judy Smith, P.O. Box 46, Fish Creek, WI 54212.