« Back to Obituaries

Patrick E. Purdiak
Patrick E. Purdiak

Patrick E. Purdiak

July 19, 2020

Patrick E. Purdiak, 71, of Eau Claire, lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at home on July 19, 2020. From the very first day of his diagnosis until his death, he NEVER gave up hope. He was determined, he was brave, he never complained, and he was resolute that he would beat this terrible disease. Losing this fight was not an option for him, however, God had other plans. Pat’s faith was strong and during this entire journey he wore a rosary around his neck, the crucifix close to his heart.
Pat was born in Superior, Wi to Joe and Irene Purdiak. He grew up with his older brother, Joey, and younger brother, John in the North End of Superior. He went to St. Louis Grade School and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1966. He made lifelong childhood friends and cherished his time as a bass player with the band, The Beau-Mons, in the mid 60’s. In April of 1967, Pat married Jude Charbonneau and they later divorced. They had two children, Ed, and Melissa. On May 12, 1984 he married Ginny Looby.
Pat began his career for Wi Bell as a lineman and retired from Ameritech as a construction foreman. After retirement he worked for Mastec as a project manager. Pat was incredibly funny but more importantly he was a good and decent man. He loved his family and friends, music, fishing trips with the guys, Badger and Packer games, the band reunions in Superior, car shows, grocery shopping and cooking, his yard and the wildlife, his dog Bailey, and time at the cabin with John. He was blessed with a loving family and so many
wonderful friends. His death has been heartbreaking for so many people who loved him.
Pat is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Irene Purdiak; older brother, Joey; infant siblings, Kathleen and Gerald; his in laws, Jerry and Bea Looby; sister in law, Maryellen Jacobson; brothers in law, Bill Jacobson and Richard Looby.
Pat is survived by his wife, Ginny; children, Ed and Melissa Purdiak; granddaughters, Amelia and Andy Wallace, Arianna Lewis, Nate Merkes and Emma Purdiak; brother, John (Wendy) Purdiak; daughter in law, Tiffany Lewis; brother in law, Larry Looby; sisters in law, Jeanne and Doris Looby; nieces, Jane (Gregg) Hoesley and Janelle (Jim) Hatton; nephews, James (Nancy) Jacobson and Matt (Jamie) Purdiak; honorary nephew, Mark (Susan) Muckey. He is also survived by great nieces and nephews and so many dear friends that loved him, prayed for him, and supported him in so many ways. No words could ever thank you all enough for every act of kindness.
Thank you to Mayo Hospice for your fast response, comfort, and care. Many thanks to the entire staff at the Mayo Cancer Center in Eau Claire. Pat thought the world of all of you, thank you for your support and encouragement.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Rest Haven Cemetery in Eau Claire. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we will NOT provide a luncheon. Please respect everyone at the cemetery and social distance. Next year, a celebration of Pat’s life will be held so that we can remember him, raise a glass, laugh and share stories. Please no memorials. Kindly pay it forward to someone in need or give to a charity of your choice. His family only asks that you keep Pat close to your heart.
Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is assisting the family.


Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Rest Haven Cemetery in
Eau Claire.

Florist Information



  • Jerry Kennedy Ginny,

    I am so sorry to hear about Pat's passing. We did not have a real long working relationship, but because he was such a great guy and fun to work with, I enjoyed every minute we did work together. He made our jobs so easy because of his light heartedness approach to life. My thoughts and prayers to you and your kids!

    July 29 at 4:30pm

  • vicki jenson so very sorry for your loss. he will be missed. he sure was great to work with.

    July 28 at 1:17pm

  • Tim and Kathy Moder We are so very sorry for your loss. Such fond memories of this great guy, from the early days. We will always remember Pat with love.

    July 27 at 12:29pm

  • Roger and Vicki Market We loved Pat. Had so many good times together. From spending time together in northern Wisconsin , and Florida, to just sitting in their beautiful home enjoying a great meal that Pat had prepared for us. He was always so giving and caring. His sense of humor was hilarious. He will be forever missed. We will see you again someday my friend. Roger and Vicki Market

    July 26 at 4:37PM

  • Luann Ginny My condolences to you and your family in the loss of your loved one. It truly is heartbreaking, that loss. May you find comfort sharing memories of Pat’s life with one another. He suffers no more and is with his Savior. RIP

    July 26 at 7:32AM

  • Jim & Gina Barden We have so many very memorable, fun times spent with the two of you over the years. Shake, Rattle & Roll, cabin time up north with the DNR doing fish counts in the middle of the night, Hawaii trip with viewing the sunrise from Haliakala wrapped in bed blankets and 1 1/2 hr. trips, for all of us, to do lunch in New Lisbon are just a few of our fond memories. Life will be a little less fun now without our Patty. RIP Pat and hugs to Ginny.

    July 25 at 10:24AM

  • Dennis Bakke So sorry to hear about Pat. We had some great times together. Will have to come up and see you after this virus settles down.
    Think of you. Prayers

    July 24 at 12:02PM

  • Jana Tollefson I was so sorry to hear about Pat! Many great memories. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    July 24 at 7:56AM

  • Lana Luhm I am so sorry for your loss. I use to see him almost every Monday morning shopping at Festival. He was always so nice. Thoughts and prayers.

    July 23 at 1:01PM

  • Jim Sylte So sorry for your loss. Pat was a great guy and breakfast buddy. Will miss him.

    July 22 at 10:51PM

View more posts (10)

Send Condolences. Click here to send a condolence

Eau Claire Pre-Planning Services