Patricia Ann Wittrock, “Patsy”, in the quiet town of
Kalamazoo, Michigan. The rest of the world was at war and
diaries were being written by Eleanor Roosevelt and Anne
father, a Merchant Marine, and her mother, a housewife, Walter
and Rita Wittrock moved to North Beach, Maryland.
Pat survived childhood small pox and polio while living
in Washington DC. After
early childhood homes in Michigan and Maryland, Patricia and
her two sisters moved to live with grandmother, Augusta
Wittrock, in Salem, Oregon. In Salem, she attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and
graduated from North Salem HS in 1960.
After deciding to
follow in the footsteps of Jesus, Pat volunteered with YWAM
Ministries of Salem. She traveled to Thailand on a mission
team and faithfully supported numerous Christian mission
projects both foreign and domestic with her monthly tithes.
She loved keeping a diary of her growing experiences with
Pat also loved
puzzles, crossword books, stamp collecting, houseplants, cats,
Burger King Whoppers and arts and crafts. At one time, she
owned her own ceramics business and taught ceramic classes.
Pat spent most of
her vocational life as an office support staff working for
office supply firms and insurance companies.
In her later years, she served at Upward Bound Camp as
an office assistant. During her twenty-five years as part of
the Upward Bound Camp family, Patricia became known as
“Radar”, named after the “Mash” sitcom character,
exhibiting an anticipation and attention
for details and documentation.
She contributed her time and
talents as a volunteer wherever needed, serving as a
kitchen assistant, a crafts designer, site security, animal
caregiver, camper companion and part time nanny to the Pierce
family. Radar was a major contributor prayerfully and
financially to the ministry of Upward Bound. She served on the
UBC board for three years.
She is proceeded in
death by her parents and her sisters, Gloria and Wanda whom
she provided personal care for until they passed away as a
result of complications from muscular sclerosis, cancer and
After a forty day
battle against a heart attack, lung and kidney failure and
multiple complications, Patricia entered her eternal home. She
was an organ donor and spoke of the joy it would give her to
bring sight to another after she departed this life.
A celebration of
Pat’s life and anticipated resurrection will be held at the
UBC Memorial Garden. Interested
persons may contact the camp office for details at
Contributions in her
honor may be made to Upward Bound Camp, PO BOX C, Stayton,
Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.