Longtime Valdez, Alaska resident Patty Levasseur passed away peacefully on June 30th, 2020 with her family by her side.
Patty was born in 1951 to Robert and Carol Arts. She graduated from Williston, ND High School and with honors from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
She and her husband George of 46 years met in college, married in 1974, and adventured to Alaska on their honeymoon.
After touring around Alaska, they settled in Valdez where they had 3 children. Patty worked for the Alaska DOT/PF, taught at PWSCC, and worked in community development at City Hall. She also obtained her Coast Guard Captain’s license and worked as a charter fishing guide. She served as president of the food bank and was very active in the First Baptist Church as a teacher, secretary, mentor and member of the choir and bell choir. She sang and played guitar on board the Lu Lu Belle for Sunday’s “Chapel of the Sea”.
While in Valdez, Patty coached her daughters and their teammates in synchronized swimming competitions. Patty was also an incredible quilter. She and her husband George were experienced ballroom dancers, leading lessons in Valdez. After one of her trips to Kona, Hawaii, Patty brought back the idea of a women’s fishing derby to the derby board in Valdez.
Patty was very involved in her community in Tuscon, AZ where she and George would spend their winters. She touched the lives of so many people there.
Patty was always ready to lend a helping hand. She will be remembered for her warm smile, positive outlook, caring heart, and joyful spirit.
She is survived by her husband George, children Phillip (Courtney) Levasseur, Michelle (Gary) Richmond, Lisa (Jeff) Langenfeld, mother Carol Arts, ten grandchildren, seven brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service for Patty will be announced at a later date.