Obituary: Patricia Ann “Pat” Schalnus
December 8, 1953- January 15, 2018
Pat, 64, was called home to be with the Lord on January 15, 2018. She was born on December 8, 1953 to Bert and Emily (Schaaf) Gregg. She grew up riding her horses all around the fields where the city of Arvada is today. In 1971, she graduated from Arvada High. She met John Schalnus helping a friend load hay in Yampa. The two were married July 17, 1982 where they lived in Yampa and helped operate the family ranch. This marriage was blessed with three children.
Pat was a one of a kind lady. She was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in the community and served on many boards and committees. She was known for her wonderful singing voice and sewing skills. She never met a sewing project she couldn’t tackle. Her true joy in life were her kids. She felt very blessed to be able to raise them on the ranch where they could play in the dirt and be kids. She never missed a single event that they participated in. She was the lady cheering loudly in the stands for all the kids, even the ones on the opposite team.
Her other passion was riding horses. Her favorite memories were of the family pack trips into the Flat Tops and gathering cows on the forest. Through all of life’s trials and tribulations her faith in God never wavered. She was an active member of Mountain Valley Lutheran Church and her house was the location for many church services. Her survivors include her husband John, daughter Shanna Lewis, son Joe (Kristi) Schalnus, daughter Katie (Mike) Miller, grandchildren Taylore, Kayla, Jett, Cora, and Emma, sister Linda (Steve) Thompson, brother Dave (Jane) Gregg. Along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and son in law Cary Lewis. Funeral Services will take place on January 20, 11 AM at the White Church in Yampa. Interment will follow at the Yampa Cemetery. Contributions can be made in her memory to Mountain Valley Lutheran Church in Eagle, Colorado in care of Grant Mortuary.
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