Patricia Bristow

Oct. 30, 1956 – Sept. 29, 2017


Patty Bristow née Scobba lived a life filled with laughter and sugar and shopping and dogs.  She took pleasure in simple things and shared that joy with the rest of us through unexpected gifts and endless bars and cookies.  She made friends with co-workers, made family of friends, and she loved her family with a fierce devotion.  Patty had a temper when provoked - all quaked when confronted with the blazing blues and fiery reds - but that was just another sign of how deeply she felt everything.  She was reliable and capable, stepping up to do what was necessary when no one else could or would.

After a brief stint in Bancroft, Patty grew up in Algona, graduating from Algona High and marrying her high school sweetheart, Steven Bristow.  Over their 43 years together, Patty turned many houses into homes by filling them with color and comfort, tiny clocks and music boxes, and especially with love.

Together Patty and Steve created two giant red-haired boys, bright and musical and athletic.  Patty loved her sons more than anything - until she had grandchildren and discovered an even bigger love.  She shared a bond with her sisters built on snark and wit and inside jokes and a deep abiding affection.

Patty is survived by her husband, Steve Bristow, her son, Justin Bristow and his wife Angela, her son Jeremiah Bristow, who she never stopped loving, her grandchildren Sofia, Catherine, Blaine, Nolan, Audrey, and Eden, her surrogate daughters Kelly Crutchlow and Katie Aguado, her sisters Judy Van Brunt, Mary Evers, Sheila Banning, Sally Winters, her brothers Larry Scobba and Jack Scobba, and countless nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society or the Fred and Pamela Buffet Cancer Center.


Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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