Staller retires from VA Medical Center

Patricia Staller, left, receives her retirement certificate from Andrea Collins, associate medical center director for Nursing and Patient Care Service at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Staller served in the VA as a social worker for 24 years.

IRON MOUNTAIN — After 24 years of federal service, Patricia Staller of Iron Mountain has retired from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Staller was born and raised in Fort Atkinson, Wis., and is the daughter of Donald and Marie Peterson.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a master’s degree in social work.  

After completing her graduate work at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Staller started her career at the Waco VA Medical Center in Texas. She later worked at the Central Texas VA Health Care System in Temple, Texas, and then transferred to the Iron Mountain VA Medical Center in 2001.

During her tenure in Texas, Staller worked in many medical areas and piloted the first Patient Orientation Program to help new veterans and their families coming into the VA. At the Iron Mountain VA, she worked in various clinical social work areas, including acute care, student education, low vision and ethics. Most recently, she served as social worker for geriatric and extended care in the medical center’s Community Living Center.

Staller has been involved in many local theater productions, and she is a member of Zonta and the local chapter of Toastmasters of the Northwoods.

She is a widow and has one son, Curtis Staller; a daughter-in-law, Olga; and a granddaughter, Natasha, residing in Round Rock, Texas.