Patricia Jean Hertaus (Patty),66 of Valparaiso passed away peacefully on August 22, 2023, in her home surrounded by loved ones after a brief battle with cancer. She was born August 19.1957 in Hammond IN to William and Eilene(Stone) Comstock. On Nov 6, 1976, Patty married Richard Hertaus who survives with their daughters Jessica(Ryan) Reagor, Amber(Todd) Porter, Cora(Chris)Anderson, and her 7 grandchildren Kayle, Grace, Drew, Aidan, Brady, Peyton, and River. She was married to her high school sweetheart for just shy of 47 years, and together they made a beautiful life.  Patty was a caring and faithful soul, filled with compassion, strength, optimism, and above all selflessness. She enjoyed spending time with her daughters and grandkids. She loved to garden in her spare time, listen to music, and take as many family vacations as possible.  She was gifted with a new chance at life after receiving a Double Lung transplant on June 10, 1993. With that gift, she was able to be the wife and mother she always hoped to be. To know Patty was to love Patty. 
Visitation will be held Monday, August 28, 2023 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Moeller Funeral Home 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with a Funeral Service on Tuesday, August 29th at 11:00 AM.  Following services, cremation will take place at Angelcrest Crematory.


I remember Patty growing up, she was always so sweet and happy. I was so saddened to hear of her passing. I will always remember her smile and her laugh. I am grateful that I got to visit with her a couple of years ago. I will never forget her. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. -Gina Bernardi- Smenyak 

Patty was one of the best people to grow up with, part of our "pack" always daring and up for adventure. I am lucky to have grown up next door. Thinking of our lives makes me smile even though she will be missed. Sending love and prayers to the family. I am so sorry I cannot visit as my husband fell and broke his shoulder and he will be undergoing surgery on Monday. -Linda Burdett Najar 

I would like to send the family condolences and many fond memories of Pat and the entire family during my time of teaching at Polk Elementary. Seeing her and her loving husband and events at the school and can not count how many fieldtrips she participated in with me and many students. Sending many hugs and good thoughts to the family. -Fred Williams 

My heart breaks for you and your girls Richie. We love you, -Cousin Deb and Aunt Evelyn

We are so sorry to hear about your mom we are always here for you and your family we love you all God Bless. Love always Bill and Debbie (dad & mom) you are always like our daughter. -Deb Wright 

Sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family. -Mary Jarosz 

I’m so sorry for your loss of Patty she was a beautiful soul. My prayers continue for you all. -Anna Cooper 

Cora and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Richie and the entire family. We were blessed to meet Patsy and her girls following Patsy’s transplant surgery. Upon meeting the girls, it was immediately evident that Patsy was not only a loving and equal partner to Richie, but an amazing, caring, and nurturing mother to Jessica, Amber, and Cora. Our hearts go out to the family. Patsy will be missed by all that had the good fortune to know her. May she rest in eternal peace. -Doug and Cora Sweeney 

This woman was our school mate. She was the kindest and sweetest person you could have ever met. Condolences to the family. See you on the otherside Patty. -Dana and Kaleen Follow 

Our Deepest Sympathy to Pattys family. Prayers of comfort to you all. -Jim and Mary Novkovic Rowan 

Rich, I am very sorry to hear of Patty's passing. My sincere condolences and I'm sorry I can't attend the wake. Sincerely, -Jerry Renehan

Our prayers and thoughts are with the whole family during this time of loss. -Derek and Evelyn Morrison 

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