Roberta Patricia Brunsman
September 4, 1941 – June 8, 2021
Roberta Patricia Brunsman, fondly called Pat and Patti, went home to heaven suddenly June 8, 2021 when a truck ran a red light and struck her car. Born in Springfield, Illinois September 4, 1941, Patti earned an associate degree at Fullerton Junior College. She married Robert Wood Brunsman, an Air Force officer. After the birth of their first son, Albert Matthew Brunsman, they were stationed in the Philippines where their second son, Robert Scott Brunsman was born. Their third son, Stephen Forrest Brunsman, was born in Germany. She loved the many cultures and places she got to know while out of the country. She returned to the States and came to Tampa to stay with Matt after her husband Bob passed away unexpectedly in 1999. During her twenty-two years in Tampa she found several opportunities for her gifts of mercy and caring to bloom.
One group of friends fondly referred to her as “zoo Pat” because of the decade she invested as a docent at Lowry Park Zoo and her enthusiasm about animals. For over twenty years she acted as the administrator for Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). She participated in years of Bible study and cared for those in the extensive group. Her gift of mercy showed in her passion for her family and friends. Patti’s humble temperament and genuine listening led her to spend time with others and to pray for them. The chief encourager to many, she often sent handwritten notes to inspire and support those she knew. Wherever Patti went, she brought a spark of life through her faith, friendship, words, smile, and laughter. She is survived by many friends and her family: Matthew (Christine) and stepdaughters, Danielle Daley and Alexandra Daley; Scott (Jennifer) and son, Orion; Stephen and his children, Hanna Grace and Elijah; and her sister, Sandra Garside, and brother, Mark Fryhoff (Lynne).
Services will be at Bay Hope Church on June 23 with a visiting time from 3:30-4:00. The service will begin at 4:00. At 5:00 there will be a reception at the church. Bay Hope Church is located at 17030 Lakeshore Road, Lutz, 33558.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Roberta Patricia Brunsman
June 13, 2021
My dear friend Patti. We were in the zoo docent class together 15 years ago and met weekly to roam the zoo and educate people about our animals, then off to lunch. Such a love she had for her animals.
Many times expressing her joy and commitment, she encouraged me to join BSF in south Tampa. She emulated Christ in her love and compassion for all.
Our many phone calls discussed her sons, sister and grandchildren and the love and concern she had for them. She was a prayer warrior for me.
Patti’s life was well-lived and well loved. Her friendship was true and her heart full.
June 12, 2021
Patti... Sweet sweet Patti.... You were in my BSF group this year and we both gutted it through and mastered Zoom finally, and then you left to go home. We will really miss you so much. You have met so much to me over the decades. Through every endeavor you were always there to support me. I'll miss you smile, our shared emails, and our deep discussionson life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Now you are at home with the Lord Jesus and experiencing true Joy. I hope my Mansion is next door to yours in heaven. Love , Suzanne
Barbara Brunsman Olson
June 12, 2021
Patti was my sister-in-law. She was the love of my brother’s life. She was a lady in every sense of the word. She kept the family together as they traveled the world when my brother was in the service. She was strict with the boys and wouldn’t let them play football. She was way ahead of the times knowing too many concussions were dangerous. She had the strongest faith of anyone I know. I am comforted knowing she is at peace in the arms of Jesus and surrounded by all who have gone before her. Rest In Peace, dear Patti.
June 11, 2021
I believe Patti was one of the sweetest ladies from BSF. Always attentive to my needs, paraplegic. She moved chairs, moved my broken braced leg and always with a smile. As someone else said, she was spunky with her light up tennis shoes.
I personally will miss her but hey, she is with Jesus and her husband.
So, we are sad for ourselves not for Ms. Patti.
June 10, 2021
Oh Patti! How I will miss you and your infectious laugh, your amazing collection of pins and brooches and watching you strut around in your light up sneakers. No one was more fun than you. I will miss your compassion, your warm hugs and your smile. You were my prayer warrior and true friend. Can’t wait to see you again with Jesus one day. I know you are dancing the streets of gold in the coolest light up sneakers ever! Love you, my friend. Kristen Kitchen, BSF