Patricia Sue Bretthorst, 85, of Merrillville, IN, formerly of Salisbury, MO died Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Journey Senior Living in Merrillville, IN. Patricia was born October 27, 1934 in Salisbury, MO the daughter of J.B. and Gladys (Wescott) Powell. She married Ernest Frederick Bretthorst Sr. on November 1, 1952 in Salisbury, MO and he preceded her in death on October 20, 2015.

Patricia was a graduate of Salisbury High School, Class of 1952. She worked as a beautician, insurance agent, operating manager for Bretthorst Trucking from 1965-1994, and an agent for H&R Block for 14 years, retiring in 1991. Patricia moved from Salisbury to Dubuque, IA (1953-59) and then to Hammond, IN (1959-2002) and back to Salisbury until 2019. She attended Pleasant Woods Baptist Church.

Patricia is survived by three sons Fred (Lois) Bretthorst, Jr of Hammond, IN, Don (Gail) Bretthorst of Valparaiso, IN, Gary (Catherine) of Kansas City, MO, four sisters Eleanor Miller of Salisbury, MO, Kay George of Kansas City, MO, Judy Powell of Salisbury, MO, Cheryl Springer of Salisbury, MO, grandchildren Gary (Jen) Bretthorst, Jr., Kelly Ann (Joeri) Snyer, Kristy (Sarah) Altgilbers, Keith Bretthorst, Robert Bretthorst, and great granddaughter Krista Rose Bretthorst. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Elmer Wm Powell, Jerry Wain Powell, Everett Wm “Buddy” Wright, sisters Wanda Dowell, Audrey Fine.

Visitation is Monday, February 10, 2020 from 4-7:00 p.m., at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury, Mo. Services are Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., at the Summerville Funeral Home with burial in Prairie Hill Cemetery.