Former Mount Horeb Mail editor Michael Patenaude dies at 77

Feb 1, 2021


Michael Francis Patenaude, who in the 1970s served as editor and columnist for the Mount Horeb (Wisconsin) Mail, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, at his home in Madison. He was 77.

Patenaude was born Sept. 29, 1943, in Green Bay to William F. “Pat” and Margaret (Kennedy) Patenaude. He graduated from Green Bay West High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1964.

Following his military service, Patenaude studied journalism at UW-Madison. While in college, he married Judy Crawford on Sept. 2, 1967, at St. Joseph Church in Green Bay. Together they had two children, Joel and Dena, and seven grandchildren.

After graduation, Patenaude went on to work for the Mount Horeb Mail, where he served as editor and columnist from 1971 to 1974. He later worked in a freelance role for both the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times.

Patenaude transitioned to a career in local government and politics after leaving journalism. He served one term on the Mount Horeb Village Board and ran unsuccessfully for a State Assembly seat. He later worked for the Assembly Democratic Caucus and served as press secretary for Lt. Gov. Jim Flynn from 1983 to 1987.

A private graveside service will be held. Memorial donations in Patenaude’s name may be made to Agrace HospiceCare.