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Patricia J. Boll
Patricia Oma Joan (Clayton) Boll, 80, passed away Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Luther Home in Marinette with her daughter and granddaughter at her side.
Born in Manitowoc on April 12, 1933 to Edward and Cornelia (Rugowski) Boll, she graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School in 1951. She married Richard Clayton in 1952 and they had six children. She was nearly a life-long resident of Manitowoc.
She was an outgoing, opinionated, independent, people-loving person and had worked many jobs simultaneously to provide for her children. She worked 19 years for Mirro-Foley/Newell as a fork lift driver. In 1985 she earned the German nickname Oma by traveling to Germany to be present at the birth of her granddaughter, Jadah. In 1998, she retired early to relocate to Virginia and Germany, providing care to her grandson Daniel Urban while his parents were serving in the Army and in 2008 she returned to Manitowoc. She enjoyed traveling, taking many trips to London and also liked shopping the discount racks at Harrods. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and attending class reunions. She never knew a stranger and easily made friends wherever she went. A lifelong collector of things important to her, she enjoyed genealogy research and loved parades. She was always on the go until she suffered a stroke in the summer of 2010 and in 2011 moved to Marinette to be close to her daughters. For over three years she tried to walk again to live an independent life, but remained partially paralyzed. A former member and past President of the Mothers of Twins Club, former member of the Manitowoc Senior Center, she was also a 40 year member and Past President of the Manitowoc Eagles Auxiliary #706.
She is survived by her six children, Edward (Susan) Clayton, of Prospect Heights, Ill., Connie Clayton, of Marinette, James (Heather) Clayton, of Bartlesville, Okla., Gordy (Conchi) Clayton, of Sylmar, Ca., Elizabeth (Larry) Urban, of Yorktown, Va. and Ann (Jon) Hengel, of Porterfield; six grandchildren; a sister, Audrey Elliott, of Ocala, Fla.; seven great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her favorite aunt and second mother, Alice Rugowski and three grandchildren, Bernardo Repreza, Carlos Repreza, and Samuel Hengel.
Two memorial services and celebrations of life will be held at separate locations, Friday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Luther Home, 831 Pine Beach Road, Marinette and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club, 823 Hamilton Street in Manitowoc. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home, Marinette is assisting the family.