In Memoriam: Patricia A. Wick, CRNA (1947-2019)

  • Aug 6, 2019

Patricia A. (Montgomery) Wick, 71, of Rochester, Minn., died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 4, 1947, to Charles and Henrietta (Meinders) Montgomery in Oskaloosa, Iowa. After graduating from Ottumwa High School in 1965, she went on to receive her nursing degree from St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1968, afterwards attending college at Truman State University receiving her B.S. in 1971. Her journey eventually led her to the Nurse Anesthesia program at Mayo Clinic, where she was one of the first women in the program. She continued to be a part of the school after her graduation in various roles.

She married Alanson F. Wick Jr. in Ottumwa, Iowa, on Aug. 4, 1979. The couple lived in Rochester, where she worked as a nurse anesthetist at Mayo Clinic, eventually retiring in January 2012.

Pat enjoyed sewing and knitting and sharing her talents with others. Neighborhood kids always knew where to get their custom winter hats. She also enjoyed rollerblading, reading, watching game shows and gardening with her family. She loved and adored her two grandchildren, Tyler and Adam, along with her dogs.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Al; daughter, Diane (Wick) Muenchow, and husband Paul of Prior Lake; two grandsons, Tyler and Adam; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Cheryl; and brother, Charles Montgomery.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, with the Rev. Nancy Wheeler Handlon officiating. A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery following the service and reception.

Plans are in place to honor Pat's memory in the form of a scholarship through the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Nurse Anesthesia program. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial inquires to the Nurse Anesthesia Program Office at 507-284-8331.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Wick family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit

This memoriam appeared in the Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) on August 6, 2019.