Pat Lettau

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Percella "Pat" Vernie was born in Wiarton on December 8, 1934, to parents Percy and Wilda (Mole) Moore. She joined older brother Doug (1929) and before long began school in Wiarton. After school, Pat worked at a variety of jobs in town, along with helping her parents around the house.

Pat married young and soon began her family, welcoming Wayne (1951), Cathy (1954), Betty (1956) and David (1957). She kept very busy with her young family, tending to their every need. Her children were her world and she made the difficult decision shortly after to leave her marriage and care for the kids herself. 

In 1963, while at a dance, Pat was introduced to a charming man, Richard "Jack" John Lettau. The two hit it off immediately and were married four years later, on September 30, 1967 in Tara. Pat and the kids relocated to "the farm" in Elderslie to join Jack. The newlyweds welcomed their son, Rick in 1968. As if life wasn't busy enough, Jack and Pat soon enrolled as foster parents in 1970. Over the next 18 years, they cared for an additional 30 children, further opening their home and their hearts. Pat loved this opportunity as she cared for children dearly and saw it as her small way to give back. 

Pat had a green thumb and absolutely loved to garden. In the spring and summer she could always be found out in her flowerbeds or tending to her vegetables. She was an amazing cook, with many of her ingredients being grown in house. No Sunday was complete without a big meal prepared for her family. Pat enjoyed a variety of music, from country to gospel to bluegrass, and had a passion for reading! She always had a book on the go, often a murder mystery. Over the years, she travelled on several bus trips, and saw both the east coast in Cape Cod and the west coast in B.C.

To say Pat enjoyed knitting would be an understatement. She was a prolific knitter. She began this hobby knitting clothing for her children and then later for grandchildren. But, she was probably best known for her hand knit socks, better known as "Mama Socks." Many of her creations supported local charities, including the Guardian Angel and St. Mark's Lutheran Church’s Shepherd program -- two causes that were near and dear to her. In 2013, she became a member of the Knotty Knitters group and remained active until her death. These acts of love, her creations, will remain with her family and friends for years to come.

Family was the biggest part of Pat's world. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and, most recently, her great-grandchildren. Not only was she a mom, gramma and nana to her own family, but she also held this title for many in her community. Pat was a strong, compassionate and giving woman, who was extremely hospitable and a very good listener. She had a great sense of humour, and a quick wit, was very independent, occasionally feisty and a little strong willed. Her care and commitment to others, however, is what many will remember most.

Sadly, Jack passed away on May 10, 1999. A few years later, Pat decided to downsize and moved into Chesley where she further enjoyed the company of friends and family. She spent many Sunday Funday’s in Paisley with Cathy, always catching up on the latest Facebook news (yes, she had a Facebook account, but no internet at home) or enjoying an afternoon drive. Another important day was Friday, when she caught up and enjoyed lunch with her dear and special friend, Karen. Her faith was also an important aspect of her life. She was a devoted Christian. It was this strength and faith that helped her and her family cope in recent months as Pat's health began to decline. She passed away surrounded by her loving family, at South Bruce Grey Health Centre in Chesley on Saturday, April 13, 2019 in her 85th year.

Loving mother of Wayne (Linda) McLeod of Elmwood, Cathy (Gary) Lund of Paisley, Betty (Al) Miskie of Guelph, David (Barb) Smith of Colborne and Rick (Lisa) Lettau of Cambridge. Pat will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Wayne Jr., Lori, Mike, Angie, Ashleigh, Ryan, Darcy, Allen, Andrew, Sarah, Rebekah, Daniel, Rachel, Stephen, Elizabeth, Nathan, Joshua and Jayden, as well as eighteen great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Jack, grandson Paul, brother Doug Moore and her parents Percy and Wilda (Mole) Moore.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Tuesday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service honouring Pat’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 11 a.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for their Shepherd Program would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Len Metcalfe
April 20, 2019
Cathy and Gary sorry for your loss.
Marlene Berry
April 18, 2019
Our sympathies to all the family. She will be missed.
April 17, 2019
Thinking of yous all at this time. Your Mom and your family will always be a special childhood memory.
Bruce County Fire Chief's Association
April 16, 2019
Wayne and Family:
Our Sincere Condolences on Your Loss
Edith & Richard Pepper
April 16, 2019
Sending most heartfelt condolences to Pat’s entire family. She was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed by many.
Brent and Cheryl Leifso
April 16, 2019
We wish to share our sympathy with the family....thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Gerry,Donna & Rob Bross
April 15, 2019
Wayne, Linda & Mike
So sorry for the loss of your Mom & Grandma .We didn't know her ,but it sounds like she was a very loving person, and will be dearly missed .
God bless !
Sincerely, Gerry , Donna & Rob
Pamela Smith
April 15, 2019
Still can't believe you are gone, but you are no longer suffering so we take comfort in that. We are forever grateful you came into our lives when you did and we are forever honored that our baby girl is named after you. Thank you for loving us unconditionally. We will miss your cards, your phone calls, your laugh, your stories, having tea and biscuits with you and our chats that would go on for hours in your home that always felt like a warm hug - and you gave the best hugs, Grandma. We love you! Pammy, Allen & Priscilla
Lyndsie Greig
April 15, 2019
Cathy I have been thinking of you and Gary. You and your mom had an amazing bond, I hope those memories help you through this difficult time.
Murray Ann Legge
April 15, 2019
Cathy, Wayne and all your family, we extend our sincere condolences. It is so hard to lose your mom, you will miss her, we know.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Judy Sloan
April 15, 2019
So sorry for your loss Cathy and Gary. It is hard to lose your mom.
Catherine Krause
April 14, 2019
I have many thoughts of Pat growing up . Going to miss her smiles . She always had a hello for me when we met . My condolences to all the families . From Catherine and Herb Dawdy.
Colleen McCulloch
April 14, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Sunday's will be tough for awhile.

Peace be with you
Colleen McCulloch
Melissa Kanmacher
April 14, 2019
Cathy, Gary and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I am a proud owner of several pairs of Mommas Socks and always looked forward to updates from the Sunday adventures. I hope the memories you shared bring you comfort. Thinking of you...
Ron and Marlene Calhoun
April 14, 2019
Kathy, Garry and the entire family.
Deepest sympathy in the loss of your
marion lewis
April 14, 2019
Wayne & Linda and extended family, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Sending love & prayers to all.
Lori Clysdale
April 14, 2019
Rick, and family, we are very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts go out to you and your entire family during this difficult time.
Dorla Labbee
April 14, 2019
Our hearts are saddened to hear of the passing of Betty's Mom, Ryan and Darcy's Nana.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Our deepest sympathies.
Jerome, Dorla, Andree and Kyle
Wayne Cindy Cronkwright
April 14, 2019
Our sympathy goes out to Cathy and Gary Lund and the rest of Cathys family she was a nice lady and a good knitted.
Sherry, Roger and Tiff Caldwell
April 13, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to all of Pat's family. Pat was a lovely lady to chat to. She was an amazing knitter. The world lost a beautiful soul but heaven gained an amazing angel.Cathy I understand how you are feeling losing your Mom. Your beautiful memories of having mom and daughter time together will always help you through the hard days. She will forever remain in each of your hearts. Pat will always watch out for you all as your heavenly angel.
Every day we put a pair of those socks on we bought from your mom will bring us special memories.
Sincerely, Sherry,Roger and Tiff Caldwell

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