Patricia A. (Frizol) Bieser

Posted 8/20/21

MENDOTA - Patricia A. (Frizol) Bieser, 94, of Mendota passed away Aug. 17, 2021 at Heritage Health, Mendota.

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Patricia A. (Frizol) Bieser


MENDOTA - Patricia A. (Frizol) Bieser, 94, of Mendota passed away Aug. 17, 2021 at Heritage Health, Mendota.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota with Rev. Ken Gibson officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of services. Following interment at Restland Cemetery in Mendota, the family will host a dinner at the VFW Hall, 610 6th St., Mendota. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is assisting the family.

Pat was born April 15, 1927 at People’s Hospital in Peru to Victor and Thelma (Magoonaugh) Frizol. She married Donald Bieser on March 31, 1948 at Holy Cross Church, Mendota. He preceded her in death in 2013.

Survivors include her children, Jeri (Sam) Surovy of Danbury, Conn., Linda (Larry) Lindenmier of West Brooklyn, Sarah (Vern) Pfeifer of Paw Paw, Dennis (Deborah) Bieser of Mendota and Joanne (Lou) Lentz of Oakwood Hills; eight grandchildren, Sammy Surovy, Jr., Amanda (Matt) Mertz, Nick (Kayla) Bieser, Pete (Karen) Bieser, Dustin (Amanda) Bieser, Averi (Matt) Richmond, Jamie Lentz and Tyler Lentz; seven great-grandchildren, Ryan and Alex Mertz, Sadie and Odin Bieser, Sullivan and Elodie Bieser, and Holden Bieser; one brother, James Frizol; and one sister, Nancy (Gary) Possley.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Jan in 2011; and one grandson, Kyle Lindenmier in 1983.

Pat attended Roosevelt and St. Joseph’s schools in Peru before the family moved to Compton and she attended school in West Brooklyn. The family then moved to Mendota where she finished grade school and graduated from Mendota Township High School in 1945. Shortly after graduation, she auditioned for a position in a USO show. She was one of nine women from LaSalle County who were accepted. The women traveled to New York City to rehearse for a musical comedy, “Irene.” They then traveled and toured in Germany and Austria, presenting “Irene” to post-World War II occupying troops in the European Theater. She also attended several sessions of the Nuremburg Nazi Criminal War trials. After returning to Mendota, she married Don and they raised six children on the farm north of Mendota. Pat and Don were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Pat was very involved in several circles and the quilting group. She was also involved in Mendota VFW Auxiliary Post #4079 and was president for two years. She was also County Council President and Assistant VAVS representative to the LaSalle Veteran’s Home.

Memorials may be directed to the USO, St. John’s Quilting Ministry or Mendota VFW #4079 Auxiliary. Online condolences may be left at