Patti Reule (née Bloomer) grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where she obtained degrees in Social Studies and Spanish and worked for many years as a high school teacher. Later she went back for licensure as a chemical dependency counselor. She worked for the state penitentiary and then for Heartview Foundation, both in Bismarck, before health issues in fall 2013 led to early retirement.
Patti suffered a series of strokes just before Thanksgiving 2013 that affected several areas of her brain. In spring 2014, she moved to an assisted living facility in Roseville, Minnesota (a suburb of Minneapolis) to be closer to her elder son and his family. Since that time she has taken on peer leadership roles at New Perspective Senior Living, including but not limited to arranging flowers and calling the weekly bingo game.
In early November 2016, Patti began experiencing shortness of breath and was hospitalized with pneumonia. Three hospitalizations in the span of a month, too many tests (way too many!), and a number of consultations led to a diagnosis of advanced COPD/emphysema. Independent and feisty as ever, Patti decided that she didn't want an endless series of tests and interventions, and would rather return home to focus on comfort and rest. She and her family have engaged hospice services which will come to her apartment in Roseville as long as she needs them. She's particularly excited about the massage service they offer!
While she may have to relinquish her role as bingo caller, she's eager to return home to New Perspective and her friends there.