Patricia Ann Hale, age 74, of Mankato, died on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato. \r\r\n\r\r\n Patricia Ann Hale was born on Independence Day, July 4, 1940 in Freeport, Illinois to Walter H. and Kathryn (Long) Hale. Growing up in Apple River, Illinois, Pat graduated from Warren High School in 1958. She went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (then known as Wisconsin State College and Institute of Technology) and earned her bachelor’s degree in 1962. After that she went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her master’s degree in Physical Education. She started her first teaching job at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. After a few years she moved closer to home and taught at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. In 1973 she found her way to Mankato, Minnesota, where she taught at Minnesota State University-Mankato until her retirement in 2005. While at MSU, Pat coached the first MSU softball team in 1974-1980, compiling a record of 71-50-3. She also coached the cross country team for a number of years. She taught many different courses but particularly enjoyed teaching self-defense. In addition to teaching her self-defense classes, she was a Victim Assistance volunteer in Mankato for a number of years. In her younger years she spent her free time playing softball, volleyball, and bowling. She has always enjoyed reading and watching TV. In more recent times she loved going to the River Hills Mall for lunch, visiting with friends, and walking the mall. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato and loved retelling the jokes the priest told at mass. \r\r\n\r\r\n Pat is survived by her brother, Joel (Karen) and their three children, Laura, Maryellen, and Nick and brother, Jim (Linda) and their three children, Ben, Jess, and Kim. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary Ann Hawbaker. \r\r\n\r\r\n Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2015 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Durand, Illinois with Deacon Dick Mulcahey of St. Mary Catholic Church officiating. McCorkle Funeral Home-Durand Chapel, 101 Main Street, Durand, Illinois assisted the family.