Girls golf was still in its infancy in Wisconsin during the mid-1970s when Patti Pelischek played on successful high school teams at Fond du Lac.
The sport was thriving by the time she returned to her alma mater four years ago as the Cardinals girls golf coach. She also spent 24 years as a boys golf coach at Campbellsport, the last 15-plus years as the head coach, and served in her dual role right up until her death Sunday of cancer at age 59.
The former Patti Deglow finished fifth at the 1976 WIAA state tournament at Lawsonia Golf Course in Green Lake. Her showing led the Cardinals to a third-place finish behind Madison West, which won the last of five consecutive state titles at what was then the fifth annual tournament, and Madison Memorial.
Pelischek gradauted with a bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh and taught at the Campbellsport Elementary School. She also worked at Kohl's, Lands' End and the Golf Course at Camelot where she ran the Ladies’ Learn to Golf leagues.
Pelischek also served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Women's State Golf Association and competed in many of its events, tying for first at the 2016 WWSGA Senior Bestball Championship and finishing second at the 2016 WWSGA State Solheim Cup competition with partner Pat Roisum.
She and her husband Jeff co-chaired the Campbellsport Athletic Association banquet for 26 years. They were involved in many other community and school activities.
Pelischek is survived by her husband, daughter Meaghan (special friend Heath Zubke), son Joshua; bothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Chuck and Sandy Pelischek, Jayne and Tom Wisse and Patrick and Julie Pelischek, nephews and nieces Jerome, Amber, Paige, Tyler, Amber, Casey and Justin, other relatives and many friends.
Private family services will be held Thursday at the Twohig Funeral Home in Campbellsport. A celebration of Pelischek's life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Campbellsport Athletic Association in Pelischek's name.
News of her death was greeted with profound sadness by the boys and girls golf community as well as the two schools at which Pelischek coached.
We would like to offer our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the family and friends of Fondy Girl’s Golf Coach Patti Pelischek after her passing yesterday morning. Coach Pelischek was an amazing mentor, Coach, and most importantly person. #fondyfamily— Fondy Athletics (@DMichalkiewicz) November 6, 2018
Would like to send my deepest sympathies to the family of Patti Pelischek who passed away this past weekend, she was a great friend of mine who I always looked forward to seeing at the golf course. Prayers sent your way #Restinpeace— Gary Kuehl (@coachknfdl) November 6, 2018
Very sad to learn of the passing of Patti Pelischek, long-time Coach of Campbellsport boys golf- a class act in every sense and a credit to the coaching profession -— Joe Bird (@JBirdSMSGolf) November 6, 2018
We’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Coach Patti Pelischek of Campbellsport Boys Golf and Fond du Lac Girls Golf, who passed away yesterday after battling cancer. Wonderful teacher of the game and compassionate leader. She will be missed. #RestInPeace— New Holstein Golf (@NHHSGolf) November 5, 2018