Patricia P. Peyla -- Wabasha

December 2, 2018

Patricia P. Peyla, a nurse anesthetist at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Wabasha, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, of cancer at her home in Wabasha.

She was born Oct. 14, 1950, in Chicago, the daughter of George and Marcella (Gruber) Purves. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Phoenix, where she was raised and attended school. After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in nursing, Pat came to Rochester to attend Nurse Anesthesia School at Mayo Clinic. She graduated in 1978. She married the love of her life, Dr. Tom Peyla, on May 5, 1978, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester. Tom’s first wife, Betty, died in 1977. The couple lived in Rochester and worked at Olmsted Medical Center until moving to Wabasha in 1991.

Pat began working at various hospitals in Minnesota and Wisconsin to increase her skills and optimize her time off work. Finally, a part-time position became available at St. Elizabeth’s, where she worked until 2018.

Pat and Tom had the travel bug and were to travel to many places, especially after Tom retired.

They also enjoyed family time with their children. Pat and Tom were fortunate to be able to travel to Central America every year, for more than 25 years, to donate their medical skills to improve the lives of the poor. Pat was instrumental in developing post operative pain management in Zacapa, Guatemala.

She was an avid sports woman, first running and then bicycling. She rode across Iowa several times in the annual RAGBRAI ride, and she once rode across the entire United States. In fact, the weather had to be pretty bad to keep her off her bicycle.

She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg.

Pat is survived by her husband, Dr. Tom Peyla, Wabasha; children, Michael Peyla, Suzanne Peyla, Andrea (Dale) Cossette, and Christina Peyla, all of Rochester, Tony Peyla, Red Wing, Cathy (Mark) Dawson, Dallas, Texas and Timothy (Luizia) Peyla, Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandson, Cody Cossette; sister, Peg Purves, Rochester; niece, Heather Campbell; and nephews, Sean and Cody Drew. She was preceded in death by son, Steve Peyla; and her parents, George and Marcella.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg, with the Rev. Fathers Gregory Parrott, James Russell and Donald Schmitz and Deacon John Hust officiating. Interment will follow at St. Felix Cemetery in Wabasha. Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory and they may call one hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

Memorials are preferred to St. Elizabeth’s Community Development Foundation, 1200 5th Grant Blvd. W., Wabasha, MN 55981; St. Felix School, 130 Third St. E., Wabasha, MN 55981; Great River Homes, 611 Broadway Ave., Wabasha, MN 55981; or to Bear Creek Services, 3108 Highway 52 N, Rochester, MN 55901.

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