On Tuesday June 9, 2020 Patti Ligatich left with a smile and joined her
husband, Matt, in heaven. Patti was born in Portland, but also lived in
Klamath Falls, and Zig Zag, Oregon. She won a scholarship to University of
Portland for her outstanding theater performances. Her theatrical ability
showed throughout her life in her quick wit and humor. She was swept off
her feet when she met Matt, who was equally witty and fun spirited. Patti
married Matt at the tender age of 18 and remained married for over 60
years. Their relationship was filled with fun, love, and lots of laughter.
Though she left school when she married Matt, her love of theater never
dwindled. She was involved in The Mountain Players and performed the
Can Can and a variety of other dances with the lovely ladies of the
mountain. When her children and grandchildren took to the stage
themselves, she was there for every performance to cheer them on.
Her witty humor made her a delight to be around, and brought laughter and
sometimes, chatter-stopping surprise. When a nurse once commented on
the number of children visiting her at the hospital, she said, "Well I am
Catholic!" As she aged, the filter between her thoughts and her mouth
dissolved. To our great delight, she expressed all of the hilarious things she
was thinking. She once told her daughter that she should not wear a back
ruffled sweater as her "hiney was big enough without bringing attention to
Patti loved watching Hercule Poirot, and Miss Marple mysteries and the
"Last of the Summer Wine" series. She was also a great cook, and often
made her memorably bright-green Sweet Chunk Pickles that are a legend
in the family due to their unnatural, electric hue (food dye was certainly a
Patti enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, and going on cruises with family and
friends. Being of Scottish and Irish descent, and with an interest in family
ancestry, she took a trip to Scotland with her husband Matt and son Matt
Jr. There they visited the former family castle, drank in local pubs, fulfilled a
wish that she and Matt had of visiting St Andrews golf course, and enjoyed
the beauty of the land where her ancestors once lived. She and Matt loved
their mini-getaways to Bend, the beach and Leavenworth, WA . They
particularly loved drinking wine and eating chowder at Gracie's Sea Hag in
Depoe Bay. She also enjoyed the camping/fishing/hunting trips with close
mountain family friends.
Patti was very involved in the mountain community. She and Matt loved
meeting their many mountain friends for a visit and a glass of wine at the
local mountain hangouts. She was a member of the Hoodland Lions Club
Auxiliary, Hoodland Women's Club, and Mt. Hood Golf Club.
In her early years, Patti worked for the Bell Telephone Company. After
moving to the mountain in 1970, she served delectable fondue and other
wonderful dishes at the Chalet Swiss Restaurant in Welches for 15 years.
Her hobbies included sewing, shopping, buying fabric, bowling, again
buying fabric, golfing, and most importantly buying fabric. A refrigerator
magnet she had said, "She who dies with the most fabric….wins"!
Judging by her sewing room, I think she won!
She is the mother of 5 amazing children (we made it through the 70's with
nary a scratch), grandmother of 13, great grandmother of 11, and was
loved dearly by the entire family.
She was laid to rest next to her husband Matt at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.