Patricia Anne (Lierman) Venzke


August 24, 1936 ~ January 11, 2021

Following a long struggle with severe dementia, Pat died earlier this week while recovering from COVID.

Pat was born in Santa Ana, California, but during her childhood, she moved with her family to southern Idaho. Following high school graduation in 1955, Pat entered Concordia College Portland, Oregon, making her a member of the school’s first coed class.

Pat met Rodger Venzke at Concordia, and they were married in 1959.

Rodger graduated from the seminary in 1961 and was called to serve two rural churches in northern Minnesota. Pat had barely adjusted to that remote environment when, two years later, Rodger accepted a call to enter active duty as an Army chaplain.

Pat created a home out of no less than 23 different residences, and she still managed to find employment or volunteer work at each location. Among other things, she managed thrift shops, was a law firm’s librarian, and even pursued shoplifters as a department store detective. Pat was a master home decorator, a talented cook, and a gregarious hostess. But above all else, she was a devoted child of our heavenly Father, upon whose grace she fully depended.

Pat is survived by her husband, Rodger; two siblings, Nancy (Paul) Trautman of Dallas, TX, and Walter (Jane) Lierman of West Linn, OR; three children, Kimberly McMillan (Allen Ohlstein) of Leavenworth, KS, Lori (Bradley) Schleier of Phoenix, AZ, and Matthew (Michelle) Venzke of Yorktown, VA; and four grandchildren, Benjamin and Alexandra McMillan, and Samuel (Annie) and Luke Schleier.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Historic Trinity Lutheran Church (Soulard) in St. Louis, Missouri.


  1. Geoffrey Moran on January 15, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    My prayers are with you, Rodger.

    Geoff Moran – my wife Ruth Ann died in 2018. I have recently remarried and enjoy my retirement, preaching about once a month as a supply preacher.

  2. Allen Helms on January 15, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    It’s your fellow Historic Trinity worshippers – Allen and Rhoda Helms. We were saddened to hear of Pat’s death but overjoyed at her entry into heaven. May our Great Physician heal your broken heart in His perfect time. ‘Til we see you again, Allen Helms.

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