Patty Kaiser

November 5, 1949November 12, 2012

Patricia “Patty” Kaiser, a beloved Merritt Island substitute teacher and inspiration to many, died at home on November 12, 2012 after a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 63.

Patty was born in Whitehall, Wisconsin to Jim and Alberta Zecherle on November 5, 1949, and grew up with her two younger brothers in the northern Wisconsin town of Eau Claire. After starting college at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Patty transferred to the University of Oklahoma where she finished her undergraduate degree before returning to her home state to work as a special education teacher. Upon completing her master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin at Stout, Patty shifted to a career with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, helping parolees find meaningful work.

Patty’s commitment to developing jobs throughout Wisconsin led to her meeting Pete Kaiser, a Milwaukee businessman with a similar interest in workforce development. After a brief courtship, they married on November 18, 1995 and settled in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, bringing together a family of Patty’s daughter, Kimberly Schrage, now a physician in California, and Pete’s two sons, Jacob and Joseph Kaiser, who now live in North Carolina.

Patty’s career continued to rise, culminating with her selection as president of the Wisconsin Employment and Training Association. She became an active member of the Milwaukee community as well, serving as president of HealthCare for the Homeless. At home she developed a deep passion for the family’s pets – champion bearded collies – and delighted in the family’s summers spent on the water in the idyllic town of Three Lakes, Wisconsin. Both would remain central to Patty’s life after the family moved to Merritt Island in September 2002.

In Merritt Island Patty rediscovered her joy for teaching, this time as a substitute teacher for several schools throughout Brevard County. It was at Merritt Island High School, however, that Patty made her most lasting impact, endearing herself to countless students with her optimistic outlook, compassionate nature, and enthusiasm for education and for life. These characteristics were reflected in her broader activities in the community as well, where Patty volunteered at a local hospital, served on the Merritt Island Library Board, and joined congregations with Pete at Horizon Point Church in Rockledge and First Christian Church of Merritt Island.

The move to Merritt Island also allowed Patty to pursue her lifelong interest in flowers and plants year-round. She could often be found smiling and singing while gardening at her home. Patty also enjoyed: candy, exercise, shopping, and spending time with friends and family; travel, cruising, sunbathing, and visits to the seashore; music, laughter, reading, and bible study; sunrises, Sykes Creek, Three Lakes, and all God’s creation.

She was a voice for the voiceless. She loved her friends and family. She loved God. And we loved her.

Patty leaves behind many other family and friends who will truly miss her, and wanted to thank all of the people who so graciously and generously supported her through their visits, notes, thoughts, and prayers. The family will celebrate her life with a gathering at her home at 2:30pm on November 18, 2012. The funeral will be held in July 2013 in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, Patty asked that donations be made in her memory to the Central Brevard Humane Society, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa, FL 32909. Condolences may be shared at


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Eleanor Mower

July 14, 2013

Dear Pete ~ Gene and I just learned of Patty's passing and felt very sad but when we read about her and her life and all she gave and enjoyed, we felt inspired to have known her. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Eleanor and Gene Mower

December 3, 2012

Dear Pete......seeing you today for the first time in the past 6 months....we were so very saddened to hear of Patty's passing. We knew her for such a short time....but know that she touched many lives with her perky personality and positive attitude. She will certainly be missed, and loved for time to come.
Max & Von Bruckman

Karen Lindholm

November 27, 2012

I just heard of Patty's passing and want to express my condolences to you Peter. Patty and I worked together in Eau Claire and we met once when we all went to a street fair with your son. Patty and I lost touch after she moved yet I have very fond thoughts of her and our friendship. I grieve with you and wish you peaceful healing and pleasant memories.

November 18, 2012

I am very saddened to hear about Patty's passing. I became a friend while she lived in Eau Claire. We worked out many times together. I always enjoyed talking to her and Kimberly. We had many laughs. I actually was just thinking about Patty and how shocked I was when I read about her death.Such a lovely lady. My condolences at such a sad time. She will forever remain in our hearts. (Katie Vorce)

Ric and Nancy Garwood

November 18, 2012

Patty.....while we only knew you for a short time we felt an immediate connection with you and Pete and were looking forward to spending time with you both but God wanted you close to him. Our prayers are for Pete and Family and all those who held you close to their heart.

Rick Heine

November 16, 2012

Pete, your recent loving tribute to Patty really touched our hearts. My wife, Karen, and I talked with you and Patty for quite some time during the last Kaiser Group holiday get-together in Waukesha. We really, really enjoyed our time interracting with both of you. It didn't take long to get to know this wonderful personl. God be with you and yours. - Rick Heine, Walworth County Job Center

anita ostergard

November 15, 2012

Pete I am so sorry for your loss and that of your family. God takes the best....much too soon. I am so saddened to hear of pattys passing. I am truly sorry. Love ya. Xo

Jen Dickinson

November 14, 2012

Patty will always be my Merritt Island Mama. She helped me through several tough times in my life. I will miss her dearly, but I will get to spend eternity with her. I praise God that He loves both of us and has made provision for us to hang out forever in Heaven.

November 14, 2012

Patty, I miss you so much! You welcomed me TO MIHS with open arms and was so understanding as it being my first year. I miss you so much and I know God has you in a special place in Heaven so you are so special to so many!
Much Love,
Robin M. Sumlin

Charles Busterna

November 14, 2012

My condolences and prayers are with the Kaiser Family for your loss.