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Patricia A. Schlender

Patricia  A. Schlender Patricia Amelita Bartlett Schlender, age 87, passed away Thursday evening, May 3, 2018 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, KS.
She was born on May 24, 1931 in Nelson, NE, the daughter of Clarence and Beulah (Cullen) Bartlett.

Patricia (Pat) spent her early childhood on her grandfather’s farm near Bird City, KS. She attended grade school in Mankato, KS and high School in Goodland and Clay Center. She graduated from Clay Center High School in 1949.

Pat attended Kansas State University and eventually earned her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education after a hiatus as a fulltime wife and mother of seven children. She was a member of the Clovia 4-H Scholarship House and was a past alumni advisor.

It was at Kansas State University that Pat met her future husband, John Schlender. They were united in marriage June, 29, 1952 in the Clay Center Methodist Church. Pat and John started married life at St. Francis, KS and later lived in Salina, Garden City, Lafayette, IN, and Corvallis, OR and spent the last 49 years in Manhattan, KS where John was on the Kansas State University faculty.

Pat operated a pre-school for seven years and was the registration supervisor for the Kansas Tax Institute for tax preparers coordinated by her husband.

One of Pat’s passions was music. She played the clarinet in high school band starting in grade school when it was difficult to find a uniform small enough to fit her. She directed a church choir in St. Francis and sang in church choirs for a total of 65 years. She also encouraged her children to participate in and enjoy vocal and instrumental music. She was a charter member of the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale.

One of Pat’s ambitions was to see the world. When she realized that might not happen, she decided to bring part of the world to her. That led to hosting six foreign exchange students for their final high school year through the American Field Service (AFS) program and a private family exchange: Takayuki Enomoto-Japan, Fernando Benitez-Spain, Jacobo Espi-Spain, Maria Teresa Alvarez-Paraguay, Juan Pablo Biagioni-Argentina and Pedro Legarreta-Chile. All six graduated from Manhattan High School and all seven of her own children also graduated from MHS making a total of 13 MHS graduates.

At the time of her death, Pat was a member of the First United Methodist church, Manhattan, She served as the president of the Manhattan First United Methodist Women, the Kansas State University Social Club and the AFS adult chapter support group. She taught Sunday school classes and was involved in numerous church volunteer activities. She was a member of the Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Edward Bartlett, Clay Center, KS and Larry Bartlett, Murray, KY.

She is survived by her husband John of Manhattan; four daughters: Pamela Jack of Manhattan, Suzanne (Tony) Hoeppner of Spring Hill, KS, Lisa (David) Rock of Olathe, KS and Kristen (Kurt) Anderson of Suzhou, China; three sons: Douglas (Sandy) of Bozeman, MT, Kevin (Teresa) of Bozeman, MT and Scott (partner Tom Fish) of Manhattan; 27 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren; brother Frederick Bartlett, Bluffton, SC and sister Janet Coffman, Killeen, TX.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 7:00 until 8:30p.m. Thursday May 17, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday May 18, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, with the Rev. Troy Bowers officiating. Inurment will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday May 18, 2018 at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Memorial contributions in honor of Pat may be made to Manhattan First United Methodist Church Music Fund and Good Shepherd Hospice House in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com

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