Patricia Randklev

Patricia Ann Randklev

Sept. 8, 1942 — Jan. 15, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in Meriden, CT

Celebration of Life

  •   Starts:
    Wed, March 6 2019, 1 p.m.
  •   Ends:
    3 p.m.
  •   Location:
    Einan's at Sunset
    915 Bypass Highway

    Richland, WA US 99352

Patricia Ann Randklev, of Richland, WA, passed away January 15, 2019, in Seattle, WA (Swedish Hospital), following recent complications to a long time health issue. 

She was born in Meriden, CT, on September 8, 1942 to Lawrence James Marinan and Esther (Vuolo) Marinan.  Patty was the second of four daughters, with sister Judy (Slomkowski) (deceased), then Patty (deceased), Barbara (Schott) and then Carol (Bundock).  Patricia (Patty) grew up in Meriden, CT and graduated (1960) from Maloney High School.  

In 1963 Patricia met Edward (Ed) H. Randklev, after he moved (December 1962) from Seattle, WA to North Haven, CT, for an engineering job. They began dating (July 1963), and were married in Meriden, CT (May 28, 1966).  

Three months later Patty and Ed moved to Seattle, where Patty was the secretary for a bank president, while Ed did graduate work for a PhD in Material Science. 

Patty and Ed moved (November 1974) to Richland, WA for new jobs. Patty joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), as secretary for an engineering group, and then into a long and successful career (3+ decades) as executive assistant to a series of senior managers at PNNL. 

Patty loved the Pacific Northwest and especially the varied recreational opportunities, natural beauty and friendly people. The Olympic Peninsula and especially the Port Angeles, WA region and adjacent Olympic National Park were visited frequently and enjoyed in all seasons, as it's where Ed grew up, and parents, relatives and friends lived for many more years.  Patty's parents, sisters and families made trips over the years to visit Patty and Ed and the Pacific Northwest.  Likewise trips to visit CT relatives and friends were always great fun for Patty and Ed, with the most recent being Oct/Nov 2017. 

Patty and Ed enjoyed art, music and classic movies and they collected each.  She enjoyed sports cars, even before meeting Ed, which led Ed to buy a 1960 Porsche coupe in CT.  They had great fun with it, touring much of New England and later WA and OR and still own it.  Then a 280Z provided further touring enjoyment, and in the mid-80's, with Patty's encouragement, another Porsche was bought and provided several fun years of car clubbing and driving adventures, with Patty often applying her skills to arrange banquets, etc., for regional and multi-regional events.  

Patty and Ed really enjoyed fly fishing together for trout in streams, rivers and lakes, and refined this interest into a major shared sporting and adventure activity, and usually combined it with vacation trips (WA, OR, ID, WY, MT) and especially to southwest MT, where they frequently fly fished the Beaverhead and Big Hole rivers, and Clark Canyon lake, for some 3 decades, using a favorite guide.  Patty found fly fishing both very relaxing and exciting, and said it always took her mind off other topics. 

In retirement, Patty and Ed greatly expanded their fly fishing + vacation adventures, to include fishing tropical saltwater flats (behind reefs) and shallows for bonefish, trevally, permit, tarpon, and other fast swimming tropical species.  Patty fondly remembered CT family summer outings to saltwater beaches and the warm saltwater, so she really enjoyed the saltwater temperatures offered by these tropical vacation + fly fishing trips, along with their exotic settings and experiences.  Resort vacationing before and after a week of fly fishing, at an often distant and remote location, was the preferred trip combination.  The fly fishing venue had to provide good lodging, food, daily travel boats, guides, weather, scenery and wildlife viewing.... (snakes, spiders and mosquitos to a minimum).  Fourteen (foreign travel) tropical trips were made during retirement, including numerous trips to Christmas Island an isolated coral atoll, near the equator due south of Hawaii, plus several trips to locations throughout the Caribbean Sea, and a very special (month long), visit to the Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean, well off the east coast of Africa.  A very exciting U.S. trip was made to the Katmai region of western Alaska, to fly fish for salmon and trout on the Alagnak River and to visit Brooks Falls National Park...lots of brown bears, moose and wolves.  She and Ed greatly enjoyed all of these combo-activity trips. 

Patty will be greatly missed by all who knew her and especially by family and her husband Ed.  She was blessed with great beauty, a very lovely manner, open personality and a positive/forward-view about life.  Patty was an excellent cook, reflecting her family background, and a charming and gracious hostess for any occasion, including the many dinner parties she and Ed had for family and friends over the years.  Patty and Ed had 55 years of enjoying time together, which created a special bond as husband and wife (52+yrs), best friends, and fly fishing and adventure partners. 

A memorial service will be held at Einan's at Sunset, in Richland, WA, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 1 PM, with a reception to follow. 

In lieu of flowers, make a donation in Patty's name to a favorite charity, e.g., Children’s Hospital (Seattle, WA), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research (Seattle, WA), SIGN Orthopedic Foundation (Richland, WA).

Guestbook for

Patricia Ann Randklev

  • I first met Ed when I worked on the Basalt Waste Isolation Project at the DOE's Hanford site in the late 1980s. I soon learned that Ed and Patty shared my love of fly-fishing, and we enjoyed some memorable fishing adventures together. But my fondest memory of Patty came one Thanksgiving, at a time when I was unattached. Ed and Patty invited me to join them for Thanksgiving dinner, and Patty prepared some pheasants that Ed had hunted. That was my first (and only) experience chomping down on birdshot. But they had warned me, so no teeth were broken. Patty was a very warm and caring person, and a darned good angler. Her passing makes me very sad, but I'm glad I had the chance to know her.

    Bill Terry
    March 6, 2019
    Longmont, CO
  • Ed - I just learned of your loss. Sincere condolences. I’m sure you have many wonderful memories of all the good times. May the love of family and friends comfort you.

    Jo Haberstok
    March 4, 2019
    Pasco, WA
  • Patty was a trusted friend and colleague and we shared many great memories from working together at Battelle. She was a beautiful person both inside and out and she will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace dear Patty.

    Pat Lamberson
    Feb. 21, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • What a wonderful lady, and a class act. I was privileged to have enjoyed the company of Ed and Patty on two separate trips to Christmas Island. I will never forget how beautiful Patty was on our last night at Christmas Island, DRESS UP NIGHT, she could really pull off that "little black dress" look. Ed cleans up pretty good also. It's good to know that people like Patty, are still around in our hearts and minds. I will miss her.

    Michael Bruce
    Feb. 19, 2019
    Erie, Colorado
  • I love the picture chosen for this. It encompasses everything that I will remember about Patty; her open heart, easy smile and giving spirit. I will miss our talks and texts about politics and sports. Ed, I am so sorry for your loss but you were so lucky to have this wonderful woman in your life for 50+ years.

    Debra Charon
    Feb. 18, 2019
    Port Angeles, WA
  • Worked a bunch with Pat at Battelle PNNL. She was a very professional and fun person. Enjoyed knowing and working with her. You’ll be missed. Thoughts and prayers to Pat’s family. Jim Bix

    Jim Bixler
    Feb. 18, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • Patty was a classy lady. I knew her both professionally and personally through the Porsche club. I was amazed when she and Ed would open their home for the annual Porsche Club Christmas party. There always was a large number of people who attended and Patty was the perfect hostess welcoming all to their home. I cannot imagine what the clean up was like the next day! Professionally Patty set a high standard which I admired. We both were executive assistants for different companies and we interacted frequently. I always knew I could trust Patty w/confidential information and when a commitment was made, she would always follow through. The Patty and Ed team always left me smiling. She was such a supportive and complimentary partner to Ed. She will be dearly missed.

    Diane Rochelle
    Feb. 14, 2019
    Kennewick WA

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