Patricia Mary (Moore) Nachtigal died June 20, 2019 in North Liberty, Iowa, breaking free from the confusion that plagued her recent years.
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Pat was born March 25, 1939 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She enjoyed an adventurous childhood camping and fishing with her parents, Thomas and Gertrude (Barnhart) Moore. In her high school years, she worked at the movie theater and later got a job setting type at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader where her father, Thomas Moore, worked as markets editor.
It was there she met Ralph Nachtigal, who was working there as a sports writer. She took a new typesetting job at the Rapid City Journal and before long, Ralph asked her to marry him and move to Platte to help him run the Platte Enterprise. They would, for the rest of their lives, refer to the Argus building as “the scene of the crime”. She spent the early years in Platte setting type and driving to O’Neill, NE early Wednesday mornings to have the paper printed.
Pat always loved horses and she taught her two daughters to do the same. She boldly loaded up those daughters, along with the best horses on the place and took them to competitions all over South Dakota and surrounding states. She had an unfailing eye for a good horse and had many quality quarter horses and paints over the years.
She was an active member of the Olive Presbyterian Church in Platte, acting as choir director for many years. People enjoyed her beautiful soprano voice at various events around the community. She sang in a quartet, the Liberty Belles, in the mid-70s and they even made an appearance on TV. She loved music and sang and remembered the lyrics of cherished songs until the very end.
Patricia was an active member of Eastern Star Acacia Chapter 63 for nearly 50 years, serving as an officer for almost all of her time with Eastern Star. She loved attending and being a featured soloist at the Grand Chapter event every October, and held office at Grand Chapter in 2003.
She rode her bicycle long distances and liked to gather friends to go on organized bike treks in and around South Dakota.
When her daughters scattered to begin their lives, Pat bought a motorcycle and took lessons to ride it. In her early days in Platte, Pat participated in competitive trap shooting and in her 70s, took lessons in pistol shooting and obtained her permit to carry. When asked about her collection of guns, she replied, “That’s right, I’m a dangerous woman!”
Pat leaves a legacy of adventure, fearlessness and curiosity.
She leaves behind her sister, Karen Moore, Sturgis, SD; daughter, Julie Broberg (Jens-Peter) of Give, Denmark and daughter, Monica Nachtigal of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; as well as grandchildren: Sabin Broberg, Owen and Finnegan West.
Patricia is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph (Nov. 22, 2014), her mother, Gertrude Moore and her father, Thomas Moore.
A Memorial Service will be held in Platte, SD in August. Details to follow, watch the Platte Enterprise for details.
Memorials may be directed to: TLC Independent Living, c/o Tammi Chaney, 121 W 5th St., Platte, SD 57369.