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Patricia Lynn Trout – Hometown Focus

Patricia Lynn Trout, 64, returned to heaven on April 19, 2022.

Born in Hammond, IN, Patricia spent much of her childhood in the Chicago suburb of Highland, Indiana where she made many friends and fond memories. She then moved with her family to Black River Falls, WI. She remained an avid Chicago Bears fan.

After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In 1977, while working a summer job at Inland Steel Mining Company in Virginia, MN, she met Roger, the love of her life. She didn’t hesitate to say yes when he asked for her hand in marriage six weeks later. They eventually settled in a quiet, scenic spot in the Northwoods near Britt, where they built a home, raised their three children, and forged a legacy of love and commitment to each other.

Patricia enjoyed reading detective novels and solving mysteries, collecting teapots, discussing history with friends and family, watching deer and other wildlife that visited their property, and snuggling with her toy poodles (Maggie then Lily) . She was particularly passionate about genealogy, and as an active member and registrar of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she took every opportunity to help other members of the community learn more about their family heritage. More than anything else, however, she was devoted to her family, especially her beloved grandchildren.

Patricia was predeceased by her mother, Margaret Porter; his sister, Cathy Gutknecht; and his brother, Charles R. Porter. She is survived by her father, Charles W. Porter; his sister, Janet Martin; her husband and best friend, Roger; and her three children: Melissa (Bryan) Hofpar, Jenevieve (Cody) Hofsommer and Joel (Amy) Trout. She leaves behind seven grandchildren who adored her: Eli, Henry, Andrew, Nora, Cora, Nicholas and Duncan. Although she will be deeply missed, her family members cherish their many memories with her and are grateful for the extraordinary love she gave them.

The family held a private ceremony to celebrate his life and legacy on April 23, 2022.

Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share your condolences online, visit