Laura Lynn Patschke

Feb. 23, 1968 - July 6, 2015

Laura Lynn Easter Patschke, of Crawford, passed away Monday, July 6, 2015. Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, July 11, at Oakcrest Funeral Home. A short graveside service will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation with her family will be 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 10, at Oakcrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Boulevard, Waco.

Laura was born February 23, 1968 in Ft. Worth, Texas to parents Linda Sadler Easter and Jerry Easter. She attended Lorena High School where she was active in sports, including track, basketball, and cheerleading. She received a college track scholarship and graduated from Texas A&M (Whoop) with a double major in safety and industrial engineering.

Laura worked for Shell Oil Company from 1992 until her passing. She served in a variety of roles, most recently in information technology. Her work family will miss the creativity, joy, and smile that she brought everywhere she went. Her boss said she is "one of a kind, as she inspired others to do more and be bold."

Laura had an entrepreneurial spirit, was a licensed life coach, a lifelong athlete, raised lavender, but her greatest joy in life was spending time with her children. She was the best hugger you ever met and always had a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen.

She and Chad Patschke are parents to three beautiful children who were the lights of her life: Trevor Lee Patschke, Tanner Christopher Patschke, and Payton Elizabeth Patschke; and three step-children, Colton, Cassidy, and Charlie.

She was preceded in death by all of her grandparents and father.

She is survived by her children and step-children; mother, Linda Easter of Waco; sister, Elizabeth Easter Baumgart and Elizabeth's husband Bobby, of Round Rock; brother, Jason Easter his wife, Esther, and their children Amanda and Andrew of Crawford. She is also survived by a close extended family and numerous close-long-time friends.

Laura loved flowers (her favorite color was purple) and you are welcome to send them.

An education fund has been set up for the Patschke children at Security Bank of Crawford should you wish to contribute.

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To this Family,

Please accept my heart-felt sympathy for the loss of Ms. Patschke; my prayer is that God will wrap his loving arms around you, and cradle you in his bosom for comfort. And, that you receive strength each day of your journey, for his mercies are new everyday.

Sincerely, Anonymous


I was sadden and shocked to say the least when I heard about what happened to Laura on the news. It did not actually hit me until I read what her maiden name was. I was friends with her at 12 years old. We met at the skating rink. She was SUCH a beautiful girl and sole. Both her and her sister had LONG, LONG beautiful hair. Laura was always so very sweet to everyone. Always had a smile on her face and never met a stranger. I pray for the entire family that in time and in some way they all can find peace and comfort in all this madness. We will never understand the WHY in WHY it happened. God bless and many prayers.

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