Patricia A. Mitchem

Monday, November 11, 2019

TRENTON, Neb. - Patricia Ann (Ele) Mitchem, age 74, of Trenton, NE passed away on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at Great Plains Health in North Platte, Neb.

Patty was born on July 14, 1945 in Imperial, Neb. to parents Winfield L “Pat” and Maxine (Willsey) Ele. She was one of four siblings born to this union. The family made their home in Wauneta, Neb. where Patty attended school through the fifth grade. At that time, the family moved to McCook, Neb. where she attended McCook Public Schools, graduating from McCook High School with the Class of 1964. Patty furthered her education at McCook Community College, receiving her Associate of Arts degree, and also the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she received a Bachelors Degree in special education.

On March 17, 1973, Patty married Gerald (Mitch) Thomas Mitchem in McCook. She and Gerald made their home in McCook. Patricia was a substitute teacher at McCook, Indianola, Culbertson and St Patrick’s Schools. She was also a para-professional for a year at Republican Valley and taught special education for seven years at Republican Valley/Southwest High School. She loved all her students. In her spare time, she enjoyed going to her nieces’ and nephews’ sports games, traveling, cross-stitch, crocheting, and crafting.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Pat and Maxine Ele; beloved grandparents, Delbrun (Irene) Willsey, Ned and step-grandmother Nellie Ele and grandmother, Opal Ele McKnight; as well as one nephew.

Those left to celebrate her life include her loving husband Gerald Mitchem of Trenton; brothers Robert Ele of Lincoln, Neb. and Ned (Kim) Ele of Scottsbluff, Neb.; sister Mary (Tom) Vontz of McCook; twelve nieces and nephews; one step niece; and several great nieces and nephews.

Visitation, with family greeting friends, will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home, McCook.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, beginning at 10:30 a.m, at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Kelley officiating.

Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook has been entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit the website at to sign the online guestbook for the family.