Patricia Tuma, 83

Patricia B. Tuma, 83, of Faribault, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at her home at Faribault Senior Living, surrounded by her family.

Patricia was born June 6, 1930, in Milwaukee, WI, a daughter of Bernard and Estelle (Dymerski) Wroblewski. She attended elementary school and Notre Dame High School at St. Stanislaus parish. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and her Masters Degree in English from Marquette University. In 1959, she married Benjamin Tuma in Milwaukee. They lived in Pawnee, OK for two years and Montgomery for three years before moving to Faribault. During their years in Faribault, Pat served on the District One Hospital Auxiliary Board, and on the board of directors at Wells Fargo (then Norwest) Bank. She was active in the AAUW and Monday Club. She served in various capacities at Sacred Heart Church and authored the parish history. Pat wrote a column for the Faribault Daily News and volunteered her time to Hospice, the American Cancer Society and other organizations too numerous to mention. Pat was a great cook and entertainer, and her “Put up the Reindeer” parties were legendary. She could quote Shakespeare from memory, and she knew the names of just about every actor and every movie ever made. Her favorite was “On the Waterfront” with Marlon Brando. She loved the theater and music, loved the feel of real books, and read constantly. Pat valued education for the sake of learning, and above all else, she loved her family.

She is survived by her husband; children Carrie Fay (Mark) Kennedy, Tempe, AZ, and Phillip (Cari) Tuma, Faribault; five grandchildren Abby and Ellie Pat Kennedy, and Adam, William and Alexander Tuma. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and stepfather Stephen Budzinski.

In celebration of her life, the family hosted an open house Saturday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Faribault Senior Living.

Private interment was held at the Maple Lawn Cemetery in Faribault.

Arrangements were with the Parker Kohl Funeral Home & Crematory of Faribault.