Patricia Ann Aalderks, 83, of New London, formerly of Danube, died Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Bethesda North Pointe in New London, MN. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Renville. Rev. Anna Williamson will officiate and visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Renville. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN.
She was born on June 27, 1938 in Clarkfield, Minnesota to Palmer and Agnes (Johnson) Cole. Pat grew up near Wood Lake, Minnesota and graduated from Wood Lake High School in 1956. She moved to Minneapolis where she worked at the Swedish Hospital, earning her LPN license. She married Arnie Aalderks on August 9, 1959 in Wood Lake. The two made their home on a farm north of Danube. Together, they raised five children. She was a devoted nurse, working for over 40 years, having a passion for the elderly. A woman of many hats, she also enjoyed working on the farm with Arnie, sewing, dancing, camping and spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends. She also enjoyed sharing her gifts with her faith community as a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Renville.
She is survived by her children: Diane (and Bryan) Maurice of New London, MN, Debra Aalderks of Brookings, SD, Jon (and Sandy) Aalderks of Whitefish, MT, Kathy (and Barry) Slagter of Bemdiji, MN, and Paul (and Michelle) Aalderks of Mableton, GA; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; her brother; Darrel Cole of Vesta, MN; and sister-in-law; Barb Meyer of Watkins, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986; her parents, and two siblings.
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