Patricia B. Capek


Patricia B. (Schommer) Capek

March 8, 1939 – August 12, 2021

Patricia Barbara Capek, 82, formerly of Winona, MN, passed away August 12, 2021 at Cottagwood Senior Communities of Rochester, MN.

Pat was born on March 8, 1939 in Medina, MN to Edward and Gerturde (Mergen) Schommer, and grew up on the family farm in the Medina/Wayzata area. Pat graduated from Saint Francis High School in Little Falls, MN in 1957; graduated from Marquette University in 1961; and attained her Master’s degree and ABD from the University of Minnesota in 1977.

Following graduation from Marquette, Pat married Michael J. Capek, of River Forest, IL, and lived in Wisconsin for several years before divorcing and returning to Minnesota. Following graduation from the University of Minnesota, Pat worked in educational administration and program development at Lakewood Community College in White Bear Lake, MN, and at Austin Technical Institute in Austin, MN.

From 1988-2004, Pat worked in the libraries of the Preston-Fountain/Fillmore Central public school system. She retired in 2004 and spent much time gardening, cat-fostering, and observing nature from her 100+ -year old house in the midst of a wildlife sanctuary outside Chatfield, MN. She moved to her final permanent residence in Winona, MN, in 2009, where she was a member of St. Casimir’s parish, an active supporter of the Winona Catholic Worker community, and a volunteer at St. Anne’s.

Pat is survived by her children, Charles (Kate) Capek of Schererville, IN, and Edward (Molly) Capek of Winona, MN; her sisters, Kathleen Mulhern of Wykoff, MN, Barbara Engel of St. Paul, MN, and Sr. Trudy Schommer, OSF, of Little Falls, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other loving family friends and special friend Bob Wolf. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Gertrude Schommer; and her brother, Edward H. Schommer.

A mass celebrating her life will be held August 25 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona, MN at 11am, with visitation at 10am and a lunch following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Winona Catholic Worker House are greatly appreciated.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Pat may be shared at

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  1. Charlie, Kate, Ed and Molly,
    Rodney and I were so sorry to learn of Pat’s passing. Pat has been such a huge part of our family since I was about eight years old. It’s hard to recall a holiday or family get together when we were children that didn’t include her and you “boys”. I will miss her feisty spirit, her laugh and her sense of humor, her great cooking, her love for cats and nature and her unique outlook on life. She was a kind and caring aunt to us, and I will always remember her with love and affection. Our prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow. God bless, Therese and Rodney

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