Patricia Anne Alcott, 84, of Rochester, passed away peacefully from Alzheimer's disease on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at The Homestead, surrounded by her family.
Patricia was born June 21, 1937 in Dodge Center, MN. She was the daughter of Robert and Delores (Sorensen) Jensen. Patricia spent her early days growing up in Rochester, attending Folwell Elementary where she discovered her passion and talent for music. They later moved to Dodge Center, MN where Patricia spent most of her childhood and graduated from Dodge Center High School. She married David Beaver when she was 16 years old, and they later divorced. In 1970, Patricia went on to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Winona State University and later received her Master's degree in Professional Development in Psychology while she was the executive director with SEMAC (Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council). Music was always a passion of Patricia's but it even came second to her love of dogs, especially Golden Retrievers. Patricia taught piano all her life and loved to listen to classical music. She loved spending time in her flower gardens but most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren. Work was a very large part of Patricia's life. She was always advocating for the arts and enjoyed being part of the community and giving back to the community. Christmas was her favorite holiday and brought her so much joy since it was the season of giving to others. Patricia was a member of the Congregational Church UCC and also a recipient of the Rochester Mayoral Medal of Honor.
Patricia is survived by her children, Timothy (Marianne) Beaver of Loveland, CO, Amy (Edwin Henneken) Martin of Scituate, MA and Chris Alcott of Rochester; three grandchildren, Aynsley Jones, Ian Jones, and Tae Alcott; four great-grandchildren, Alana, Audrey, Austin and Casey Jones and former spouse, David (Sandra) Beaver. Patricia was preceded in death by her daughter, Laurel; brother, Robert Jensen and by her parents.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be at Wildwood Cemetery in Wasioja, MN. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to Paws and Claws. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Alcott family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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I have such fond memories of gentle, kind Mrs. Alcott and her beloved dogs visiting during my piano lessons. I took lessons from her during my teen years and have carried on her love of music to my four children. Our children all play the piano and each have a second or third instrument as well. I teach Children's Choir and encourage young people to use their musical gifts in our church. Pat's teaching and encouragement to play for others has served me well as an adult as I serve in the music ministry at church and in the community. Before I started lessons with her, I had never played in a competition or recital and had very little confidence playing in front of others. The arts and music are such an important part of education, and I'm thankful for her support and involvement in the Rochester area. I'm sad to hear of her passing and the Alzheimers disease and have/will miss communicating with her during the Christmas season each year. I still remember the beautiful Christmas cookies and enormous amount she made for our piano recital one year.
Sorry to hear of Pat's passing-she is now in a better place. We were students together at R.J.C. at the time. We became very good friends working our way through music classes and had alot of laughs. She helped me with grants a few times to bring music to the schools. Her dedication to the arts was outstanding enriching the lives of many! I will always have fond and fun memories of Pat.....blessings to the soul of this wonderful lady and also to her family. Nathan Davidson
Pat was my piano teacher for over 10 years. She not only instilled a lifelong love of music and playing piano in me, but she was also a caring and nurturing presence in my life, which was so important for a little girl and then a very prickly teenager! Pat was a blessing to many and I am thankful to have known her. Peace to her family as they celebrate her life.
St. Paul, MN