Patricia “Tish” Lavrenz


Patricia “Tish” Lavrenz, age 71 of Burt, passed away Friday, March 24, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 31, 2023, at 10:30 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burt. Services will be live streamed. Burial will take place at the Burt Township Cemetery in Burt. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2023, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burt. Services have been entrusted to Lentz Funeral Home of Burt. 

Patricia D. Lavrenz, daughter of Charles and Esther (Loos) Schrader, was born on July 12, 1951, in Algona, Iowa. She graduated from Burt High school in 1969. On February 27, 1971, Tish was united in marriage to Floyd Lavrenz in Waukegan, Illinois. Together, Tish and Floyd had 8 children: Scott, Esther, Grant, Vivian, Alba, Chardonnay, Micah, and Brynetta. Tish and Floyd also fostered 26 children. Tish was employed by the Algona School District as a school Librarian until her retirement.

Tish was a very caring, giving, and selfless person. Tish’s whole life was her family, and her love for her kids and grandkids were astronomical. Tish was a very private and modest person, but had the biggest sense of humor, always cracking jokes and playing pranks.  Tish’s green thumb led to her love of gardening and yard work. Tish was an avid seamstress and was known for her beautiful quilts and braided rugs. Tish loved to cook and made the best homemade noodles and cabbage rolls.  Tish was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and board member for New Horizons Adoption Agency.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 52 years, Floyd of Burt; children: Esther (Skyler Wood) Lavrenz of Clear Lake, Grant Lavrenz of Minneapolis, Vivian Lavrenz of Mason City, Alba Lavrenz of Burt, Chardonnay Lavrenz of Cedar Falls, Micah Lavrenz of Burt and Brynetta Lavrenz of Mason City; two grandchildren: Grant Lavrenz ll and Weslie Wood; siblings: Donna (Brian) Zwiefel of Algona, Sandra Muller of Iowa/Florida, Chuck (Mary) Schrader of Emmetsburg, and Kim (Bruce) Knudsen of Algona, and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. She was preceded in death by her in-laws: Roland and Marjorie Lavrenz, parents: Charles and Esther Schrader, and infant son: Scott Lavrenz.