Patty ‘Dolly’ Campbell, 65

Patty “Dolly” Ogle Campbell, age 65, of Waverly, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends, including her husband, sons, brothers, daughters-in law, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, with interment in the church cemetery. 

Visitation was Sunday, Nov. 30 at the church parish center from 4 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service; and will continue from 9 to 10:40 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s, prior to the Mass.

Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Born in Minneapolis Nov. 14, 1949, to Harold and Marie Ogle, Patty grew up in Waverly, and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School. She then attended the University of Minnesota, and continued her education at St. Cloud State University, where she graduated with a degree in special education.

While in college, Patty met and married her life partner, Joe Campbell, Sept 6, 1969.

In addition to teaching special needs children in the Dassel-Cokato school system for 30 years, Patty was active in many organizations including the American Legion Auxiliary, Waverly Boosters, Lakeshore  Association, Humphrey Memorial committee, Waverly Ambassador program, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

With her career and life dedicated to improving the lives of youth, many of her challenges in committee work were directed toward young people. As a Legion Auxiliary officer, her main joy was recruiting young girls to attend Girls State each year.

At St. Mary’s parish, she started a project training high school students to videotape the Mass for playing to nursing home residents.

Patty was a driving force on the committee to create a memorial for Vice President Hubert Humphrey.  Her family knew the Humphreys well, and her inspiration for special education began when she babysat for a Humphrey grandchild who had Down Syndrome.       

In 1994, Patty was asked to create a town royalty program for Waverly’s 125th anniversary celebration. She has been dedicated to building the program ever since, and was recognized by the Minneapolis Aquatennial this year for 20 years of leadership.

Patty received many awards for teaching and volunteering over the years. Recently, an article in the Herald Journal stated, “Patty Campbell enjoys making her hometown of Waverly a good place to live.”

 Patty was preceded in death by her parents; her brother James; sister Vivian; and family friend Catherine Campion.

She is survived by her husband, Joe; sons Zachary (Serenity), and Sean (Jennifer); brothers Thomas (Maureen), and Michael Ogle; grandchildren Ofelia, Phoenix, Joseph, Edan, Hugh, Harold and Helen Campbell; and lifelong friend Mary Campion.

Patty is further survived by sisters-in-law Phyllis (Bill) Federbusch, Jeanne (Dave) Campbell, Mary Campbell, and Karen (George) Burbie; brother-in-law Peter (Kris) Campbell; and many nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, former students, and fellow teachers.

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