Gappa, Patricia Alice (Brandes)


Patricia Alice (Brandes) Gappa, 74, of Rushford, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018, at home surrounded by her loved ones.

Patti was born on January 31, 1944, in Winona, the second child of George and Helen (Verdick) Brandes.

She left Winona at a young age and lived in Las Vegas with her husband, Jack Masepohl, and owned many bars in Oregon, Idaho and Florida. She returned to Winona and then moved to Rushford. She worked for many years at the Winona Daily News. Patti loved having her family out at her house playing some great music and penny poker.

She will be deeply missed by her granddaughter, Lindsey Stolpa; her brother and sister-in-law, John and Barb Brandes; nieces and nephews, Jason (Jaci) Jesse, Jeremy (Ashley Thelen), Jinna Brandes, Jim Hughes, and Shar Duellman; great-nieces and -nephews, Samantha Brandes, Autumn Wicka, Lacey Brandes, Tyler and Kale Meyer and Jackson and Joshua Brandes.

She is finally reunited with her son, Vern Masepohl, and his love, Paula Stolpa, and their daughter, Sadie Rae Stolpa; her parents; her brothers, James and Jeff Brandes; and her former husbands, Jack Masepohl and Jeff Gappa.

She is finally going to meet her sweet Lord!

Per her wishes, private family services are being held. Please share a memory of Patti and sign her online guestbook at

Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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