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Memories of Patty Cervenka

In Loving Memory…

Well. The worst thing ever has happened. I tried to reach out to as many people as possible and now it’s time to let everyone know. My incredible mother died on Wednesday evening very unexpectedly. From what I understand, she had an amazing day and was feeling great, went to a Beach Boys concert, and then her heart gave out and she was gone. She was the original badass who climbed Mt. Whitney three times, surfed, camped, became a pilot in the 70s when women “didn’t do that,” and raised my brother and I to be strong, independent people. There are no words for a loss like this. She meant so much to so many and gave all of herself to anyone she met. I’m heartbroken and just wish I could hug my mom one more time. Arrangements are coming together and til then, let’s just all celebrate the incredible, quirky, wonderful woman my mom was. I love you forever, mom. I miss you so much. Christine

Patty Cervenka

Surfer Girl at Malibu Beach

Patty Loved All Adventures, Especially Being a Private Pilot

Every Adventure Brought Out Patty’s Beautiful Smile!

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Patty was a model teenger…
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EIGHT IMPORTANT MOMENTS IN MY LIFE THAT FRIENDS DON’T KNOW.

l. I was the 3rd daughter out of 6 children. Three(3) brothers came after me.

2. I hiked Mt. Whitney 3x’s. Made it to the top, first at 16, then 17 (close to the top)then at 18. Went with a church group under the direction of Lloyd Martin. (Hi Lloyd!)

3. I worked at the local community hospital. I saw 3 autopsies by the time I was 17. Planned on a nursing career and continued the nurse’s aide job for two more years. Life long pursuit in learning about health, healing, natural lifestyle and taking care of elders. Switched career to Recreation and geography. I loved teaching swimming, and it helped pay for college.

4. Picked up furniture in Berkeley and spent the day with 3 guys, having lunch and heard stories of a strange Blue Box, and weird contraptions they had built in 1974. They helped me load the furniture and I never saw them again. Twenty years later, I found out the other guys were Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and my brother’s friend Doug White.(Hi Doug!) It was truly like the twilight zone!

5. Chosen to go to Scotland for internship in Recreation. I got 10 units of credit for organizing a playground outside of Edinburgh. Supervised 20 people. Afterwards, got a side job with the Scottish Sports Council teaching sailing in the Highlands. (*Note: Patty had never been in a sailboat but she told them she knew how to sail) Address was Inverness-shire. So cool. Never saw the Loch Ness monster.

6. Got a job as an extra in a movie “Royal Flash” with Roddy Mcdowall. We filmed in Ludwig II castle near Oberammergau, in Bavaria. I made it in the film for 10 minutes and we spent the whole day filming. I played a peasant woman standing all day in the snow. Got a terrible cold right after that. I was paid 30 francs.

7. Spent the rest of the year, traveling through Europe. Worked different jobs and got room and board. The longest job was an aupair in the German section of Switzerland. Took German classes in Zurich and skied across from Zermatt. The man I worked for later became Governor of Chur, a county in Switzerland.

8. Came back to the U.S. and eventually taught flying. Loved it! Taught many boys who were fatherless and needed direction. Many of them had great stories to tell. One of them went on to be Captain of American Airlines on a DC9…I loved his story! Hope you enjoy my early years, as my life now is very different. Marriage and children open up many other doors. (to be continued)

Facebook Comments:

Beth Martin Brown too cool!!!

Steve Van Anda I remember the hike to Mt. Whitney. We sure had fun.

Patricia Cervenka Yes, we did! Good memories! Steve shares his tube tent with Patty because she didn’t bring on and it rained. (If you’re wondering, no they didn’t)

Michael Hansen Awesome. Very cool

Nancy Fischer I loved every bit of your story Pat and look forward to reading more.

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