Patricia Jane (Fagerlie) Fabriz, 91, of Oak Park Heights, died Sept. 1, 2022. Patricia was born March 7, 1931, to Dora and James Barger in Bloomington, Indiana. She graduated from University High School in 1949 and worked at Sarkes Tarzian, Inc., where she met Valdemar Fagerlie.
The pair married and moved to St. Paul, where they lived until his death in 1985. In 1987, she married Harold Fabriz and they lived in Falcon Heights until his death in 2017.
Pat and Hal had a dynamic life together and enjoyed traveling to visit relatives, ballroom dancing, plays, concerts and getting together with friends. She was an avid entertainer and neighbors often stopped and enjoyed tea, cookies and lively conversation in the three-season porch known as the Princess Cruise Room.
Patricia worked as an LPN for a home health agency and then for Weight Watchers where she was a popular lecturer. She was a longtime member of The Women’s Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society and was a volunteer docent at the Governor’s mansion.
She is best known as an accomplished artist. Her earliest memories were of drawing with crayons under the dining room table and throughout her life she found joy and contentment in creating oil paintings. Her painting “Lace Lady” was selected for the juried art exhibition at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.
Patricia’s creative abilities extended to interior decorating, furniture refinishing, sewing, knitting and crocheting. She even designed and sewed her own draperies and enjoyed rearranging furniture, sometimes at 2 a.m.
She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings and husbands Valdemar Fagerlie and Harold Fabriz. She is survived by daughter Thekla (Bob) Fagerlie-Madsen, bonus daughters Dawn Phillips and Sharon (Pat Reynolds) Fabriz and their families.
Patricia did not want a funeral and has donated her body to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program for medical education. Please refer any memorials to Lakeview Hospital Homecare & Hospice or WOMNHS, The Women’s Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society.