Patricia Sterett "Pat" Schanze, born March 3, 1936, passed away July 1, 2018 surrounded
by her family.

Patricia Sterett "Pat" Schanze, born March 3, 1936, passed away July 1, 2018 surrounded
by her family.
Pat attended Leavenworth Public Schools and graduated from the University of Kansas in
1958. While at Kansas University she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority,
student government for four years and other university clubs. Pat was an excellent golfer
and was offered a professional sponsorship by the Wilson Sporting Goods Company that
she declined to be married and raise a family. She married Jean W. Schanze in June 1958
and who preceded her in death in 2010.
She taught in the Leavenworth Public Schools for several years always speaking fondly
of her student memories. After teaching she became the bookkeeper for The Schanze and
Banks Insurance & Real Estate Agency. She later became co-owner of the
Reconnaissance Magazine, a publication for Leavenworth businesses and Fort
Leavenworth military families.
Involvement in the Leavenworth community was extremely important to Pat and she
served on the Leavenworth Parks & Recreation Board, Leavenworth Country Club Junior
Golf Program where she had many excellent golfers that went on to play high school and
college golf, The Carnegie Art Center Board, Leavenworth Historical Museum
Association, Cushing Memorial Hospital Board serving as secretary for ten years,
Leavenworth Downtown Association, and Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce.
She was adored by her friends and family and is survived by her son, Sterett Ward "Stet"
Schanze; her daughter-in-law, Jeanne; her three grandsons, Baxter, Jack, and Sam all
from St. Joseph, Missouri; her nephew, John David Pearsley of Herrin, Illinois; her great-niece,
Cody Dorris of Laguna Beach, California; and her great-nephew, Jimmy Pearsley of Herrin, Ilinois.
Her sister, Naomi Pearsley, niece, Jane Dorris, nephew, James "Jay" Pearsley, and her
parents, Naomi and Kenneth Sterett, preceded her in death.
Friends may sign her condolences book at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 531 Shawnee St. in
Leavenworth on Friday, July 6, 2018 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A private family service will be
held and she will be buried at Mt. Muncie Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas. In lieu of
flowers, it was her wish for memorials to be considered for the Kansas City Hospice
House, 12000 Wornall Road, KC, MO, 64145 where she received loving care.
Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be left on Pat’s online guestbook at