MADISON - Patricia D. Struck passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2015. She was a wonderful wife and mother, as well as a distinguished attorney and public servant.
Patty was born March 8, 1952, the daughter of George L. Struck and Mary (Davey) Struck, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She served for many years as the Commissioner and then Administrator of Securities in the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. She also served in many roles for the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), becoming only the second Wisconsin attorney to serve as President of NASAA in 2006. In that role, Patty testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on March 29, 2006. In addition, she served as a Trustee of the national non-profit Investor Protection Trust from 1996 - 2004. In 2006, Patty was awarded NASAA's highest honor, "One Cubic Foot of Kansas Blue Sky."
Patty also served in many capacities for the State Bar of Wisconsin, serving as Chair of the Business Law Section from 1994-96, on its Board of Governors from 2009-11 and as Chair of the State Bar Board of Governors in 2011-12. Patty also served on the State Bar's Multidisciplinary Practice Commission. She earned the President's Award from the State Bar in 2012. She was elected to the Fellows of the Wisconsin Bar Foundation in 2013. She also served as a member of the Wisconsin Podiatrists Examining Council from 1994 -98.
Patty also served on the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association (ABA) from 2013 until her death as well as an appointment to the ABA Commission on Law and Aging (2014 -). She was elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Association in 2011, serving as its Wisconsin State Chair from 2012 2014.
She was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College of South Hadley, MA (1974) and the University of Wisconsin Law School (1977). She was also a graduate of the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University (1981). She served as visiting lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School, teaching Securities Law, and was a prolific public speaker.
Patty leaves behind her grieving husband of 36 years, 3 months and 12 days, Lawrence E. Bechler, and her three sons, Thomas C. Bechler of Madison, Stephen D. Bechler of Crystal Lake, IL and Jonathan K. Bechler of Evansville, WI. She is also survived by her mother Mary Struck and her sisters, Mary D. Struck (Kathy Barzen), of Centennial, CO and Kathy S. Trotter (James) of Elm Grove, WI, and her sister-in-law, Barbara B. Flynn (Edward J.), of Carmel, IN, as well as 3 nephews, Patrick J. Flynn (Alexandra), Bradley D. Trotter and Kevin J. Flynn, one niece, Margaret T. Dahlquist (David) and two twin grand-nieces (Marie and Caroline Flynn). She was preceded in death by her father, George Struck, in 2003.
In addition to her professional attainments, Patty was also a member of TEMPO Madison, serving on its board of directors, Madison Downtown Rotary Club, Madison Ballet, serving on its board of directors, the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, the Jane Austen Society of North America, Historic Madison, Four Lakes Council Boy Scouts of America, serving on its Board of Directors and the Winds of Southern Wisconsin (a recorder playing group), as well as several vibrant book groups. From watching many, many or her sons' Little League games, she became an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan.
Patty was caring, compassionate and a consummate professional in everything she did. She was absolutely the best spouse and mother anyone could hope to have, and her death leaves a very large hole in everyone's heart. Her sons left a moving tribute on her Facebook page, and suggest, in lieu of flowers, donations to any of the following organizations: the MDS Foundation, Glacier's Edge Council Boy Scouts of America, Historic Madison, the Madison Ballet, Mount Holyoke College, and the UW Law School.
A funeral service is scheduled to be held on January 9, 2015, at 1 pm at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1833 Regent Street, Madison, Wisconsin. A reception will follow. The family encourages you to share your memories of Patty at www.CressFuneralService.com.
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I had the great honor of meeting Patty Struck in May 2003, when Governor Jim Doyle asked us to meet in his office. Patty was a leader from the day I met her - and a fantastic collaborator. Her knowledge of the Securities Laws was second to none. 1 month into my job as the Cabinet Secretary of the DFI (where Patty and I both worked) - Elliot Spitzer came to Wisconsin. He was a nightmare - Patty was a diligent investigator and media expert "we don't comment on pending investigations". Patty later helped us champion the formation of the Wisconsin Angel Network by keeping NASAA in the loop (North American Securities Administrators) to ensure we were following all regulations. When she was named President of NASAA we gave her a lovely sparkly crown, which she draped over the corner of the NASAA certificate in her office. Even after I left DFI - Patty offered kindly to sponsor me as a member of the Madison Downtown Rotary - claiming the Brandy Tasting group was a really fun committee! Patty - your class, your expertise, your pride in your family and profession - will be missed. Greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely, Lorrie Keating Heinemann
I had the chance to work with Patty although not frequently, often enough to know she was a smart and kind person. It's with sadness that I learned of her passing and hope the multitude of messages here comfort even in a small way her family and friends. Michael Herndon
To laugh often and much, to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world. - Ralph Waldorf Emerson
Reading the tributes below, it is obvious that I am just one of a great many people who loved and respected Patty. She will be missed.
I was so sad to read that Patty had passed away. My deepest condolences to her family. I had the privilege of meeting Patty in 2007 and working with her as a regulator. She was an extraordinary woman! She was always tremendously friendly and helpful and full of energy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kim Shaul
My deepest condolences to the Struck family and to all of Patty's dear friends. I too only saw Patty at NASAA meetings and it seems I only spoke to her when I had a problem. She was always warm, friendly, and helpful as well as intelligent and knowledgeable. She will be truly missed.
I knew Patty as a SHS classmate, but it was in the years after that I saw what a warm, wonderful person she was! The fact that fellow band trumpeter Larry had had the great fortune to have married her simply enhanced the times when we'd catch up at our 5-year SHS reunions! Any time spent chatting with them was always one of the high points of those gatherings for me!
It would be impossible to think that there would not be an empty spot in many lives now that she's passed, but I have to believe that hurt is eased knowing we'll once again see each other in eternity! ðŸ'Œ
Patty was such a wonderful warm woman. I was honored to know her while I served as the executive director for TEMPO Madison and to work with her when she served on the board of directors. May her light continue to shine.
Words can't describe our sadness at the loss of Patty. What a truly remarkable person she was, and we know her spirit will glow in the hearts of all who were touched by her life. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.
To the Struck Family and all who loved Patty, my deepest condolences.
She was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I will never forget how gracious and sympathetic she was to industry representatives at the NASAA conference on 9/11.
She was a truly wonderful person and I will never forget her
I hold dead friends like jewels in my hand
Watching their brilliance gleam against my palm
Turquoise and emerald, jade, a golden band.
All ravages of time they can withstand
Like talismans their grace keep me from harm
I hold dead friends like jewels in my hand
I see them standing in some borderland
Their heads half-turned waiting for my arm
Turquoise and emerald, jade, a golden band
I'm not afraid they will misunderstand
My turning to them like a magic charm
I hold dead friends like jewels in my hand
Turquoise and emerald, jade, a golden band.
by Sasha Moorsom
Patty and I met at our mailboxes in 1980 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, discovering that we were two professional women married to two professional men, renting duplexes where we women were commuting to Milwaukee and the men were commuting to Madison. What are the chances of that? I am SO GLAD that she walked into my life. It's been pure joy to know her - her compassion, her great Christian faith, her wit and wonderful smile & laugh, her humility, her intelligence. We all could go on forever about her. One of the first things she did - she invited me over to make Christmas cookies, but something was wrong with Larry and Patty's duplex stove, so we regressed to baking in a toaster oven and laughed all night long! I am so distraught for Larry who loved her deeply and were such a fabulous couple - and for Tom, Stephen and Jonathan who have had to say good-bye for now to a WONDERFUL mother who cherished them beyond the mood. Patty, words cannot describe how much I love you and respect you. I miss you - everything about you - and I'm so sorry that I was not in touch or nearby during your recent illness. I will ALWAYS remember our last lunch together and follow-up conversations. Until we meet again, Karen Erwin.
Patty and I met when we took a handmade books class. We had so much fun. we signed up for continuing handmade books. Then somehow, we signed up to study how to make handmade paper. We giggled throughout and, managed to produce some lovely paper in somewhat vivid colors. She and Larry attended plays where I performed. My fondest memory was the two of us making paper at her house on Martin Luther King Day. Lots of water, lots of paper, ..... miss her already. Jane Leahy
God has gotten the most perfect angel. May she shine in heaven as she did on earth! Miss you my friend.
Thirty years of great memories of a wonderful friend and colleague. Perhaps this doesn't belong here, but when she was inauspiciously replaced by the political power that was, the outcry by the securities industry was so loud that the Governor of Wisconsin ordered her reinstated. The outcome of this incident is one of the greatest testaments to who she was and a blessing to her memory.
I will always remember Patty's kindness when I was a member of various NASAA Corporate Finance Project Groups. Although I would see her no more than once a year, she would always say hi and make time for a quick chat. She was a great lawyer and regulator who always did the right thing and who went out of her way to be kind to everyone, no matter who they were.
I am at a loss for words. It seems everyone that posted before me said it all. We only saw each other once a year at NASAA meetings, yet I felt she was a close friend. I am in shock and tears.
At my first NASAA meeting many years ago I was feeling out of place and uncomfortable and Patty came over to me to ask who I was and how things were going. It was just the way she was with everyone. I have admired her for years and am terrible saddened that we will be without her. She was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. My prayers are with her family.
Vibrant. Caring. Warm. Funny. Accomplished. A true friend. Dearest Patty: we miss you in so many ways. We are lucky to have known you. You will ever be in our thoughts and hearts. (And with us through thick and thin as true-blue Brewers fans.) Rest in peace. Linda Bochert
Patty was one of life's greatest gifts. She nurtured and cultivated the careers of so many women professionals - ladies, we must pay forward her gifts. Love and prayers to Larry, her boys and family, and all who mourn this terrible loss.
i did not know Patty as well or as long as many but that doesn't matter. To know her at all was to be deeply touched by her grace and kindness. My heart goes out to Larry and her sons.
I worked on the same floor at the WDFI with Patty. We would converse about securities and other work related topics while getting our morning coffee. She was one of the most genuinely nice individuals to talk to, and will be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family in this time of mourning.
Patty represented the best of Wisconsin Lawyers. She was a terrific leader and most importantly a sweet and caring person. She will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues at the State Bar and the Wisconsin Law Foundation. My prayers are with Larry and the boys.
My most vivid memory is sharing a plane ride home to Wisconsin with Patty and the boys following 9/11. That will stay with me forever as will many memories of Patty. The State Bar Government Relations team sends our best wishes!
Out here in De Forest we appreciate Patricia and the Bechler Family. Our deepest sympathy and our wishes of God's support to you in this time of great loss. Gos's peace.
Debbie and I were shocked and saddened to read of Patty's death. I don't have to tell anyone who knew her, that she was kind, warm, smart and just a wonderful person. She contributed much to her profession. Our condolences. Frank & Debbie Remington
I had the privilege of working with Patty as a regulator in the securities industry. Since the day I met her, I have always looked up to her as an example of what a professional in our industry should be - passionate, smart, caring and understanding (and funny!). She will be sorely missed.
Patty was a wonderful person. I always admired her smile, friendliness and sense of style. She was a great role model and offered me so much good advice at DFI. My condolences to the family. May memories live on forever.
i was so saddened to hear of Patty's passing. She was a great classmate; always upbeat and so so smart. It was very clear to me she would be a great attorney because she was such an obvious great person. She will be missed and my best to you Larry and family.
Patty Struck was a diligent public servant and passionate securities regulator who greatly served the people of Wisconsin. She never wavered in her commitment to protecting investors while also genuinely listening to the input of industry professionals. We extend our deepest condolences to Patty's family, the NASAA community, and all who had the pleasure to know and work with her.
It was my pleasure to work as a colleague of Patty's over the last decades. She will be remembered fondly as a tough but fair regulator, and as a warm, compassionate and caring friend. It is in her passing that we are reminded that "Life is finite, but love lasts forever." My condolences to Patty's husband and sons. May her warm embrace live on. -- Maureen Thompson
Investors in Wisconsin as well as the rest of the North American continent lost a zealous advocate who passionately and tirelessly worked on their behalf - the staff of the Massachusetts Securities Division offers her family our heartfelt condolences.
All of us who ever worked with Patty will cherish her wisdom, her thoughtfulness, and her dedication to public service. She always did what was right, and should be remembered as an effective regulator who looked out for consumers. A real loss to her family, the Department of Financial Institutions, and the entire state of Wisconsin.
To the Struck Family - I was very saddened to hear of Patty's death. As an old friend of the family, I remember Patty as being very intelligent and a nice person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I am so shocked and saddened to learn of the death of my old friend and law school classmate. Patty was always upbeat and quick to smile, which is rare and welcome in law school. Her distinguished legal career speaks volumes about her abilities. Larry, you have my deepest sympathies.
Pat and I did not run in the same circles either during or after school, however after reading her obit and I can't help but observe that she did St. Roberts Catholic School (Shorewood WI) proud.
Lt. Col. John B. Firer (USA, Ret.)
St Robert (66) and Shorewood HS (70)
I am so glad that Patty and I served together on the Madison Ballet Board and I had an opportunity to get to know her. For Patty the glass was always half full. Her optimism and energy were infectious. I will miss her bright smile and her kind eyes. My deepest sympathy to her family. Annette Ringdahl
There is no way to say goodbye to someone like Patty, whose light shone so brightly that death cannot extinguish it. May we ever see its glow and remember her with love. Sending warm thoughts of sympathy to Larry and their sons at this time of great loss.
Fond memories of a happy time.
Patty was one of the most sincere, thoughtful, and forward thinking people I have known. She was a colleague, a mentor, and a friend. I cannot imagine a NASAA meeting or event without Patty seated behind Wisconsin's flag. I am privileged to have known her and will miss her dearly. My deepest condolences to Larry, her boys and her family. Lynne Egan
Patty was my securities administrator neighbor and a wonderful role model for many years. I will always be grateful for Patty's advice, whether on business related issues or the best museums and cafes in Paris. Deepest condolences to Patty's family from her friends here at the Illinois Securities Department.
A smart woman with a great sense of humor, in touch with reality. I am sorry to hear of this loss.
Patty was always so welcoming and generous of spirit and intellect. A wonderful woman and an inspiration with a lasting legacy through all of the lives she touched. It was a pleasure and an honor to have known her.
I first met Patty as a new lawyer and associate with Larry's firm, back at a firm holiday party in 1997. I was so nervous and she was so incredibly warm, making me feel welcome and (sort of) at ease. We never became friends, but each time since then that I walked into a function and saw her there, I was relieved and gravitated toward her. Most recently, I talked with her at a Madison Ballet fundraiser at the Madison Club last winter. I told her the story of how I remembered her from my first firm function so many years ago. Given how she touched me, I can only imagine how many lives she improved by her very presence. __Her death is such a loss. Larry and her family are in my thoughts. Sending peace. Rebecca
It is now my treasured experience, over the last 14 years that I have known Patty that she walked on this earth in style, with class and dignity, with conviction of purpose and heart, with wisdom and understanding, and with tremendous compassion. A kinder and gentler spirit I have not known. She has so positively and indelibly touched so many lives. It has been my privilege to work under her direction through NASAA and my honor to count her as my friend. My prayers are with her family.
I've known Patty throughout her entire career as Commissioner of Securities and then as Administrator. Patty had a passion for public service and the protection of consumers, yet continued to approach issues with a practical sense seeing and appreciating all sides. Patty was a good friend and colleague who will be terribly missed. My heartfelt sympathies to her family who have lost a treasured loved one.
Patty was more than a colleague. She quickly became a friend, always asking about my children, parents, vacations and everything else friends talk about. And when Patty had your back, you knew you had a true champion working on your behalf. May Larry, Stephen, Tom and Jon find comfort in knowing that so many of us feel fortunate to have called Patty a friend.
Many NASAA trips to remember and lots of good work done. Patty was a guide so it was always my pleasure to have the chance to work with her. Such an affirming presence. My prayers to her family and friends. Merilyn Bowman
Patty always had the warmest personality in the room. It was a great honor to have known and worked with her. I will remember fondly taking her and others to the largest western store for her western apparel for the Fall Conference in Wichita in 2011. Patty's memory will continue to shine on.
I was fortunate to interact with Patty regularly at industry meetings and events. Although we often had different views on the issues,Patty was failingly kind and friendly. She showed a genuine interest in me,the organization I represent and our concerns. Over the years,I had the opportunity to introduce her to several young attorneys on my staff. I was always impressed with the many kindnesses she showed them. Patty was a lovely woman and a fine securities attorney. She will be greatly missed.
I was fortunate to serve on the State Bar Board of Governors with Patty. She was so kind, smart, witty, and best of all, a good friend. My deepest condolences to Larry, their family and all her friends for this tremendous loss. Miss you, Patty. Christine Barden
I had the good fortune of becoming acquainted with Patty as she attended meetings of the American Bar Association with Larry. Her smile and conviviality made those occasions all the more pleasant. I am truly sorry for Larry, her friends and family for their loss. Bill Scheiderich, Spokane WA.
Patty was smart, engaging and funny. I loved working with her. She was an incredible leader in the profession and she cared about serving the profession and the public. A great loss.
Patty taught me so much about taking care of the people we love, about lifting up others and giving back. I'm so forutnate to call her a friend and a mentor. She lit up the room with so much warmth. I will miss her forever, but will take what I've learned and pay it forward lifting up those that cross my path, just as she did so beautifully.
Patty showed me great kindness during a rough time in my life when I was relatively new to Madison. I am so grateful for her friendship. She was a beacon of hope and she knew how to touch someone's true spirit while honoring his/her privacy and need for quiet. I am so very sorry for her family to experience this loss too, too early. There is no consolation except for the good memories of this gifted woman.
Patty was a gracious woman of probity. Her laugh could light up a room. May memories of all of the delightful times with her sustain her family in the weeks and months ahead. She will be missed but we are all better for having known her. Cate
So sorry to hear the news of Patty's death. Always enjoyed Patty's company on our twice-annual get togethers. She was a delightful lady and will be missed. Our thoughts are with Larry and the family. Rick
Patty had a knack for making you feel that she was your biggest fan. Many people were blessed with her friendship, and she will be deeply missed.
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