She was born in Grand Island, NE, March 5, 1933 to Donald and Mary Keister. Pat attended Stephen’s College, graduating Phi Theta Kappa with an Associates of Arts Degree, followed by the University of Nebraska, Gamma Phi Beta receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Pat married Richard Mangelsen June 8th, 1954 of Grand Island, NE and gave birth to four beautiful children, Kim, Kay, Mike and Mark. She later married Pep Petrocine, July 8th, 1987 of Estes Park, CO.
Pat was a teacher of our youth in her earlier years, both in Trinidad, CO and Salt Lake City, UT. While in Estes Park she was employed at Western Brands, Larimer County Dept. of Human Resources, and became Legal Secretary of John Phipps Att. She retired in 1997.
Her involvement with the community of Estes Park took place on a number of forefronts. She was actively involved with Mountain Prairie Girl Scout Council as a Troop Leader, Cookie Chairman and as a Board Member on the fund raising committee for Meadow Mountain Ranch for 10 years. Troop Leader and promoter with the Boy Scouts of America, Elder and Sunday School Teacher for the Presbyterian Community Church, and on a professional note, member of the Business and Professional Women’s Organization. Dedicated involvement with the PTA showed tremendous support for her children and the educational community throughout the years. She was always ready to jump in with a helping hand, even if it meant dumpster diving for recyclables at local concerts and events.
After her retirement she became an avid tennis player, being a Board Member of the Estes Valley Tennis Association she assisted them in organizing and planning events and social activities. She was a member of a USTA team and participated in the Senior Games, eventually qualifying to play in Nationals, at Disney World in Orlando, FL in 1998.
Her greatest gift, as a dear friend of hers stated, was “collecting and connecting people”. She loved people, of all ages, ethnicities, genders and financial status. Her pure intention in life was to bring joy and kindness into the lives of others, and join those people together in friendship.
Pat is survived by her sister Nancy Middleton of Mt. Vernon, OH, four children Kim Brown, Kay La Bella, Mike Mangelsen and Mark Mangelsen and six grandchildren, Dorian and Chloe Brown, Corinne, Luke and Connor La Bella, and Aaron Mangelsen.
She was preceded in death by her parents Don and Mary Keister, her spouses Richard Mangelsen and Pep Petrocine, sister Marilyn Jeffries, and grandson Wyatt Mangelsen.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Meadow Mountain Girl Scout Camp Girl Scouts of Colorado 400 S. Broadway, Denver CO 80209 or Tucson Village Farms, 4210 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson AZ 85719.