Patricia "Patti" (McLaughlin) Warne age 66, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2019 at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN surrounded by her loving family. Patti was born on July 15th, 1952 in New Rockford, ND, the daughter of Bernard and Mary June (Twamley) McLaughlin. She was baptized at St. Olaf’s Lutheran Church in Devil’s Lake, ND and confirmed at First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, ND. She attended New Rockford Elementary and High School in New Rockford, ND where she graduated with honors in 1970. After graduation, Patti attended the University of North Dakota where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, graduating with honors in May of 1974. Following graduation, Patti was employed by St. Luke’s (Meritcare) Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota. In 1976, St. Luke’s started an Oncology unit where Patti was one of the key personnel in the establishment of the program. In 1977, she was promoted to Patient Care Coordinator / Nursing Manager of the Oncology unit. During her twenty years in that role, Patti spoke at nursing conferences in Washington DC, was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society where she was active in leading the “I Can Cope” patient education classes and training other professionals in North Dakota on how to lead similar classes, and was on the Roger Maris Cancer Center planning committee. Patti and Darrell Warne were married on May 3rd, 1986 in Fargo, North Dakota. To this union three children were born, Benjamin, Samuel, and Michael. The family resided in Fargo, North Dakota until 1997 whereupon the family moved to their lake home in Dent, Minnesota and Patti took time off from nursing to raise her three “knuckleheads”. Patti loved her time at the lake with her husband and her boys. She was their number one fan for school and church activities, baseball games, and wrestling matches. Patti had an incredibly strong faith and loved sharing it as a Sunday School teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham, Minnesota. In 2009, Patti renewed her nursing license in Minnesota and entered into long-term care nursing. She retired from nursing at Perham Health in February 2018. Throughout her nursing career, she was a strong advocate for patient care and was loved by her patients and peers. Patti was an extraordinarily self-less and compassionate wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend who was an inspiration to us all. She is survived by her loving husband Darrell of St. Cloud, MN, three sons: Benjamin (St. Cloud,MN), Samuel (San Diego,CA), Michael (Minneapolis,MN), loving sister Kathy (Mike) Barry, Thief River Falls,MN; and brothers Jim McLaughlin, Fargo, ND; Mick (Olga) McLaughlin, North Richland Hills, TX; Jay McLaughlin (Sioux Falls, SD), and Jon (Wanda) McLaughlin, Fargo, ND, mother in-law Bessie (Morris) Warne (Minneapolis, MN), brother in-law Dwayne (Mary) Warne (Minneapolis, MN); nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Patti was preceded in death by her father, Bernard McLaughlin; mother, Mary June (Twamley) McLaughlin; father in-law, Leo Warne; maternal and paternal grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.

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  1. Eternal Life….what a gift! Will miss you my sweet cousin. Prayers for D., the boys and you sister and brothers.

  2. Patti was such a lovely person; I am grateful that I knew her. Prayers for her family from the Barney family.

  3. Darrell and Boys,
    We were saddened to hear of Patti’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Patti will always be with you in your heart and memories.
    Neva Adickes
    Brenda Klinkner
    Jill and TomLee

  4. I just heard about Patti’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I lived across the street from the McLaughlin family in New Rockford and have very fond memories of Patti. My boys used to spend as much time with them as they did visiting grandpa and grandma Anderson (George and Myrtle). May you find peace and comfort in sharing memories and the good times you had with Patti.

  5. My sincere sympathy for all family members. I had the privilege of working with Patti when I was a float at Merit Care-I also many years ago went to some of her outstanding cookouts at the lake- Patti was an outstanding women -well liked by all who knew her.

  6. I had the opportunity to work with Patti as a nurse manager colleague. I learned much from her and am thankful to have had the opportunity. She loved nursing, her boys and Darrell. Heaven had gained an angel.

  7. Darrel , you and your family have our very deepest sympathy we just saw the newspaper the obituary for Patti, we will keep you all in our prayers and we will be thinking of you

  8. So sorry to hear about Patti. It seems like I just saw her @ the Perham nursing home where she retired from. I vividly remember us bringing up our sons together @ St. Paul’s in Perham. She was so easy to talk to and share life with. Her energy will be missed by us all. She lovingly helped many people. She is an angel in heaven now watching us all. My son is there too. You are blessed to be closer to your sons now. The Perham/Dent area misses her smiles and love. Peace to all. Prayers to everyone to receive comfort through this hard time.
    Condolences from Dean & Diane Bauck(Davin-in spirit)

  9. Patti hired me for my first job as an oncology nurse, it was a new position she had created on the oncology floor, primary care nurses for oncology patients. It was a wonderful concept and one I believe should be renewed in todays care of oncology patients. She was innovative, strong, caring and always aware of everyone’s special needs and gifts. She was a true advocate for everyone entrusted to her care. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  10. Just viewed the Tribute Video. So many wonderful memories of the Warne family as our neighbors on West McDonald Lake. We were so hoping to attend the visitation or Memorial Service but both of us have come down with a bad case of the cold/flu. We were so anxious to see you, Darrell, Ben, Sam,and Michael and to pay tribute to our dear Patti.Watching the video we see what handsome young men you have grown to be. Our hearts break for all of you and wish we could be there to give you big hugs. Love and prayers, Mike and Carol McCarthy

  11. Our Condolences to Darrell, Ben, Sam and Mike. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. God’s Blessings.
    Tim and Denise Callander

  12. So sorry for your loss!I met Patti when she came to Perham Living years ago to get hours in to renew her nursing license.We developed a close bond and so enjoyed working with her later on.She talked alot about her dear husband and sons whom she truly treasured!Bless the memory of your dear Patti!!

  13. Darrell, Ben, Mike and Sam,
    Our sincerest condolences to you for the loss of your wonderful wife and mother. We remember Patty as an incredibly kind, happy and generous neighbor at the lake – West McDonald. We hope you all are doing okay and that loving memories help ease this time of grief.

  14. I just learned about Patty’s passing, and am so sad to hear this. I worked many years with Patty at St. Lukes/MeritCare. My area was Leadership and Team Development, and she often called on me to work with her and her teams. She was so caring and wanted to be sure her patients were getting the best from her teams, and that her teams were engaged with their work. She was a woman with character, integrity, and wisdom. We became buddies through that work. We would share stories about our families, and how much I can say she loved her sons and I loved hearing her stories, and Darrell too. She always had a smile and was a calming person. I was sad when she left St. Lukes/MeritCare, but was happy for her she was so excited about the new adventure ahead of her. This is what is amazing about some people in your life: we lost touch with each other each so busy with our families and life. Many, many years after she left St. Lukes/MeritCare, I was asked to facilitate some development work with staff at Perham. I walked in the room and there she was. I did not know she was a staff member at Perham. She jumped up so excited as I was and gave me the biggest hug and just started jabbering. It was as though we just saw each other last week. It was so wonderful to see her, and how well she looked and hearing all the updates about her boys. My heart goes out to you Darrell, Benjamin, Samuel, and Michael, and to the rest of her family and friends. Peace to you sweet Patty. I’m grateful you were in my life. Linda Schwartzwalter

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