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Patricia "Pat" Seubert

March 25, 1939 — May 4, 2024

Shelby

Patricia (Pat) D. Seubert, age 85, passed away peacefully on May 4 th , 2024, from complications of dementia and a mini stroke. Pat was born on March 25, 1939, at her brother Alford Duman’s ranch to Vincent Duman and Anna (Bogli). She was the baby sister to twelve other
brothers and sisters: a close-knit family of fifteen. When Pat was in the first grade, her family moved to Portland, OR where she discovered a love of collecting old thrown out items. She began to fix these items up and turned them into little treasures. She can be referred to as one
of the original “refurb-to-treasure” entrepreneurs. In 1946, Pat and her family moved to Mount Angel, OR where she attended school. She graduated from the Benedicaten Sister’s School in 1958 where she planned to become a nun.
    A change of plans occurred, and after graduation, she moved back to Cottonwood, ID where she worked for two of her brothers: John Duman at Archies Cleaners and her brother, Harold Duman, who owned a local bowling alley. It was at the bowling alley one day where her future husband, Richard (Dick) Seubert, saw her walk in and go to work. Dick knew at once he had to talk to her. One date led to another, and another date led to the purchase of a wedding ring at the local hardware store (the store owned by Dick’s older brother, Johnny, nonetheless, out of a catalog…those were the days!). With the ring in hand and a proposal, they were married on March 30,1959 in Cottonwood, ID at the Catholic church. Pat grew up with a love of music, in fact she was born into it. Her brothers were always playing instruments and singing. This was a frequent occurrence when Pat, along with her siblings, would start singing and playing music after dinner. In the warmer months, they would take their act outback. People from around the neighborhood would hear them play and come over to listen and watch – they would get a good show! Pat would say, “They were good!” As a family, Pat and her family could also be heard singing on the radio. Pat was a beautiful singer and was so, so incredibly talented! She had a great ear and always sang on key. Her daughter, Jayne, describes her as having, “Perfect Pitch.” Although she could not read piano music, because they could not afford music lessons, she played the piano by ear, and taught herself how to play the guitar, the banjo, and accordion also. She even ventured into learning how to play other stringed instruments: the bass and the violin. Pat would entertain everyone for hours with her talent and all her musical instruments. She willingly shared her love of music with her children, for which they are forever grateful. Not all her children may share
their vocals willingly, but she would attest they are exceptional vocalists (her grandchildren will agree…most of the time!).
     Pat and Dick welcomed their first child and son, Russell, in late December of 1959. Together they began building a house on the hill and received an opportunity to move to Bonner’s Ferry, ID in 1961. Here they ran a Shell Gas station, where Dick also sold insurance for Farmers Insurance Group. These were busy times for this young family. Pat was pretty darn handy at checking oil levels and tire pressure, and filling vehicles up with gas. It is during this time that Pat and Dick welcomed a second son, Gary, in February of 1962.  Later in November 1962, this young family received an opportunity to open a new insurance market and expand into the highline of Northern Montana. This is when Pat and Dick packed up
their lives, and their two boys, and moved to Shelby, MT. Shelby is where they would call their family’s home. Shelby is where they would build their lives, expand their friendships, provide for the community, share their experiences, and share in the memories of all the souls who entered.
In late December of 1963 they welcomed their first daughter, Jayne, who they welcomed into the world with loving arms. A life was built, and experiences were had and two and a half years later, they welcomed the final piece to their family puzzle, their second daughter, their fourth and
final child, Patrice, in August of 1966.
    Pat was an excellent seamstress and sewed for her children while raising them. This is one of the many life skills she taught her children, for which they are exceptionally thankful. If you ever needed something newly upholstered or something existing reupholstered, she was your gal;
and she could refinish any furniture. Pat was thrifty and skilled at problem solving. One way or another she would produce a solution to meet the need. Pat’s children and grandchildren remember all the exceptional food she would make them, like ground beef sandwiches and peanut butter pancakes rolled with sugar. She always had chocolate chip cookies after school and often had butter horns in the waiting. She had the best
cinnamon rolls, and her son, Gary, will readily share this knowledge with you. Her children remember her homemade pizza parties, her quiche, and family and friends will attest to her “Aunt Loretta’s Christmas Caramels” and homemade “Tom & Jerry” batter. Pat can be called a
forager, one of the original at that. She loved the outdoors and could be found picking all types of fresh berries while she grew up In Mount Angel, OR. In Shelby, while not vast, she tended to her raspberry bushes. Her grandchildren can remember picking through her raspberry patches,
making homemade tapioca pudding, and taking turns churning homemade ice cream on a warm summer day.
   Pat was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Mary, Alford, Regina, Dominic, Agnes, Harold, Gregory, Francis, Elizabeth, John, and Vincent. Pat was a wonderful homemaker and it showed in the love she showed and the love she had for her family. She always tried her best in
everything she did. Her children were never without and her love for them was always felt. 
   Pat is survived by the man who captured her heart, Dick, their children: Russell Seubert, Gary Seubert (April), Jayne Ratzburg (Ernie), and Patrice Larson (Glen Pfeifer); her grandchildren: Michael Seubert (Mike), Brittany Patterson (Matt), Matthew Seubert, Brianna Seubert (Sam), David Ratzburg (Kristin), Justin Ratzburg, Richard Ratzburg, Ryan Wisdom, and Paige Smith (Dylan); her nine great-grandchildren: Ethan, Blaine, Sabrina, Zohlina, Selina, Avery, Kendall, Lacey, and Luke; and her sister, Catherine Brockamp, of Oregon.
   Pat was always up for trying something new, she was up for an adventure. She went sledding (snowmobiled), she enjoyed water skiing and snow skiing, and golfing (she had a hole in one) at Marias Valley Golf  course and you could often find her out hiking,biking and walking. She might not call herself a “health-nut,” but she was always mindful to always keep herself active and moving.
   In the latter part of her life, Pat found occasions when she had challenging times remembering a name and a face, but she never forgot the memories of her husband, her children, and her family – her memories were her greatest treasures. “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are grey.”
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