Patricia Fredericksen Lotz
Patricia Frederiksen Lotz joined Merle, her husband of 69 years, in heaven for an eternal duet accompanying the angelic chorus on May 20, 2019. Pat's life was marked by her deep love of music, family, hospitality and God. Born October 22, 1928 in Elk Horn Iowa her happy childhood was the beginning of a lifetime of friendship with her brother Charles and her loving parents Edna & Frederik Verner "Vernie" Frederiksen. Known to her many friends as "Patsy Mae," she excelled in basketball with a record 1221 points during her four-year career at Exira High School. She discovered her love of music at age eight when she began taking piano lessons. While in high school she taught any piano students, sand in the girls' sextet, mixed and girls' choirs, played clarinet in the high school band and served as an accompanist for many musical groups and soloists. After her high school graduation in 1946, her passion for music led her to study piano at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where she met and fell in love with Merle Lotz. They were married the summer before her senior year on June 26, 1949 at Exira Lutheran Church and, after graduation, moved to Portland, Oregon to take jobs as music teachers.
Pat and Merle left a significant impact on Portland over the past seven decades. Pat believed that everyone had a gift that was meant to be shared. She shared her musical gift by inspiring hundreds of students through teaching piano lessons for more than 50 years. Her warm nature, genuine praise and attention to detail helped shape the lives of these many students. She also taught music at Fern Hill Elementary, accompanied the Portland Chorale, and served with the music ministries of Central & St. Luke Lutheran Churches. She and Merle took the Wilson high school choir on a trip to Europe in 1971, creating the memories of a lifetime for 70 young singers.
Pat welcomed every stranger and loved to connect with people through conversation and social engagements. Her generosity included serving Meals on Wheels, volunteering at Albertina's, and making quilts with the women at St. Luke. She was a devoted mother who delighted in raising her and Merle's four children and making a home for them on Cheltenham Street. Her children and grandchildren cherish memories of time with "Granny" at her home, on camping trips, and at the beach cabin. Granny could turn anything into a game or song, usually both! She loved welcoming people into their home, whether for a bridge group, dinner party, or afternoon chat. She was an excellent cook and took great joy in celebrating life with others. Her parties were famous for making everyone included; complete with ice breakers, laughter, singing, and dancing around the Christmas tree. She was proud of her Danish heritage, and incorporated traditions from Denmark into many favorite foods and holiday traditions.
Her love of basketball continued throughout her life as a master of the "Granny Shot" and through her passionate support for the Blazers after her playing days were over. Pat's cheerful disposition and grateful attitude filled her life, and the lives of her family and friends with the richest of blessings.
Granny will be cherished by her four children, Matthew (wife Chris), Mychal (wife Theresa), Meridee (husband Mark) and Mark (wife Louanne); and their 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; as well as her many friends and former students.
A celebration of Pat will take place at 2 pm on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4595 SW California St., Portland.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Wilson High School "Merle and Pat Lotz Music Scholarship Fund". Checks may be mailed, addressed and payable to Wilson High School, at this address: C/O Erica Meyers, 1151 SW Vermont Street, Portland, OR 97219. Or to donate online follow this link http://pps.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Merle- Lotz-Scholarship-Fund/lej4q.