Patricia M. Woeppel (Patti), 71, passed away peacefully at home in Hendersonville NC on 7/19/20. She was surrounded by her loving family and her four-legged child (Harley) and grandchildren (Logan and Rogue). Patti was born June 10, 1949, in Corning NY. She was the middle child of Vincent and Helen (Yorio) Woeppel. In 1957, the family moved to Miami, where Patti grew up and graduated high school in 1967 from Immaculata – LaSalle High School. Patti had an adventurous youth, traveling to several places including Northern California that would steal her heart. She married in Chester CA and had her beloved daughter, Jennifer. Although Patti had a sense of adventure that shone through with her love of travel and interest in aviation, once Jennifer was born, providing a solid foundation for her child became her life’s mission.
When Patti’s parents moved to Lake Placid FL, Patti and Jennifer moved there too in the mid-1980s. Patti remarried there and the new family moved to Ft. Myers FL and then to Bartow FL. In Bartow they opened and ran a successful aviation business, Custom Avionics, despite Patti’s extreme cloud phobia and complete lack of internal navigation skills. Patti always had a keen mind for business, though, that served her and the family businesses well. Patti also had a huge heart. In retirement, she spent many years caring for her family including her mother, Helen, and her great Aunt Fran. She lived in several places including Lake Placid FL, Jensen Beach FL, St. Petersburg FL, and Bellingham WA, looking for the perfect place to settle. She chose Hendersonville, where she lived happily for the last 6 years, enjoying her life-long hobbies and passions of reading, gardening, orchids, traveling with her daughter, and a consistent ability to choose terrible or dismal movies.
Patti was predeceased by her revered parents, grandparents, most aunts and uncles, and two husbands: Scott Wilson and Charles Ogle. She is survived by her daughter Jennifer and son in law Garrison Branch, her sister Kathy, her sister Carol Ann and sister in law Carol Inman. Her family loved and cared for Patti dearly, and was constantly by her side during the last year of Patti’s life as she bravely fought her battle with cancer. Patti is also survived by her treasured companion Harley, her granddogs Logan and Rogue, her Uncle Francis and Aunt Ellie Yorio, numerous cousins, and several dear friends.
A memorial celebration is planned for early next spring in Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BCAN (Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network), 4520 East West Highway, Suite 610, Bethesda, MD 20814.