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August 16, 1934 – Saturday, April 4, 2015

Service Information
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church-Buffalo
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
2:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
11:00 A.M. till time of servic

Juanita “Patty” Schleif, age 80, of Buffalo, got her wish and went home to be with her Lord on April 4, 2015 after being diagnosed with kidney failure. Patty’s family surrounded her bedside at Park View Care Center as she was welcomed to heaven by Jesus on Easter Sunday.

Patty was born the sixth of seven children on August 16, 1934 to Monroe “Slim” and Evelyn (Mills) Henson. She attended and graduated from BHS in 1952, and on July 3rd she married Jim Schleif and together they raised six children. Patty had worked for many years at Wagner Drug Store and also at the Buffalo Heights Golf Course as a cook and Lake Ridge Manor as a care attendant. Jim and Patty shared many good winters in Arizona where they made many lifelong friends. Patty loved to cook and bake not for herself but to share with her family and friends. Baking pies with her mother, baking Christmas cookies, playing Bingo and playing cards were some of her favorite activities. Spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren was very important to her.

Patty had many health issues over the years. The last three years she was a resident at Park View Care Center and she loved living there. She would brag about the good care she received and made friends with the residents and also the care givers. Patty was quite spunky and even with dementia she knew all her family members and care givers by name until the end of her life.

Patty was preceded in death by her son Scott, her parents, a sister Phyllis Schendel, brothers Lonnie, Clyde, Howard, Willard and Butch and by a son-in-law Jeff Bruhn.

She leaves behind her husband: Jim; children: Vicki (Neil) Ebeling, Lauri (Tom) Hayes, Steve (Carol)Schleif, Jill (Curt) Van Lith and Julie Bruhn; her loving grandchildren: Sayward and Jack Hayes, Eric (Jill) Ebeling, Ryan (Kelly) Ebeling, Ashley (Shawn) FIeld, Kelsey (Joe) Puncochar, Kaiti and Matt Clark, Cody, Tanner, Saylor, Gunnar and Cannon Van Lith, Erin (E.J.) Rickard, Brady (Haley) Bruhn, Jordan (Jason) Atkinson and Crosby Bruhn; her great grandchildren: Cayden and Crew Rickard, Adelyn Ebeling and (her new sister arriving in June), Paisley and Presley Field, Kash Atkinson and Blakely Bruhn; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jim & Margie Robeck

    So Sorry Jim & family.I Just lost my sister Florence Kasper last week a patient @ Park View also. to spend Easter in heaven as well..Take Care Jim & Margie Robeck

  2. Beth

    I am sorry to here of your loss. I can relate to what you are going through. thoughts and prayers to everyone.

  3. Bill and Arlys LaPlant

    It is the hardest thing in the world to lose a loved one! Our condolences to all the family, prayers and love to all.

  4. Kim Oertel

    Dear loved ones of Patty Schleif,
    I was one of Patty’s nurses at Park View, and although I only worked every other weekend, I got to know and love Patty over the past 3 years. She really was one of a kind, and I will truly miss her humor, her smile, her bold spirit and sparkly blue eyes. May you feel comfort in knowing that she is now free of pain and is singing, laughing and dancing her days away. Until we meet again dear Patty, *wink*.
    Love, Kim

  5. Robin Chaffins

    I was at ParkView in Feb. after having my knee replaced. Patty & the other “girls” at her table took me under their wing & made me feel right at home. She talked alot about what a wonderful husband & family she had. She was especially grateful that Jim had Jill to keep him company. Take comfort that she is no longer in pain & is surely in heaven entertaining everyone with her jokes & one liners. She was a great lady that’ll be missed by all. Robin Chaffins

  6. Nancy Henson Schroeder

    Uncle Jim and family; My mind spins with memories of my Aunt and Godmother. It is so sad to see the last of the Henson kids pass and yet a blessing to know they are all together again. What a huge void she will leave in all of your lives and yet always remember ” you cannot lose someone when you know where they went.”
    Hugs and prayers to you all, Nancy

  7. Deb Schultz

    Having known Juanita, her smile and hugs will be greatly missed. However, she leaves behind so many wonderful memories and a beautiful family. God Bless you all. The Schultz and Wohlenhaus families

  8. Riti Sanderson

    Jim and family, so sorry to learn about your recent loss of Patty. I was unaware but noticed the family gathering on Saturday in your backyard and wondered if something had happened. Our sincere sympathy to you the rest of the family. We know she is at peace.
    Riti and Bob “Sandy” Sanderson

  9. Brian Larson

    One of the great moms of the neighborhood back in the day. Basketball in the driveway and football and baseball on the empty lot next door.

  10. Lori and Steve Blizil

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady and always full of smiles. She will be missed.

  11. Tanya Dotseth

    Patty was a lovely, generous person. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Schleif clan.

  12. Dave and Jeannie Dixon

    Dear Schleif and Henson families,
    We were unable to be at the funeral because of a prior commitment, but want you to know we were thinking of all of you. Patty was a classic, and a well known, lifelong resident of Buffalo. She always greeted you by name, and will leave a void in the lives of her family and friends. Remember the good times and special memories. God’s Blessings.

  13. Sheila Cole Goeb & Family

    Our sympathy goes out to all. May her wonderful memories fill your hearts until you see her again.

  14. The Beckers

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss, Grandma Patty was such a treasure for all of us! She was always entertaining; her smile, stories, and jokes will be remembered forever!


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