Community Connection

Beloved Girl Scout, Pat Berlet, will be Missed  


Pat BerletIt is with great sorrow that Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas brings you the news of the passing of Pat Berlet, longtime Girl Scout volunteer and friend.


Ms. Pat, as she was so affectionately called, passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Friday, June 10, 2011.


The family will receive friends on Monday, June 13 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home,  located at 1701 Austin Highway.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel, with a celebration of Pat's life to follow at the Harlequin Dinner Theatre at Ft. Sam Houston, located at 2652 Harney Road. Interment will be private. 

A lifelong advocate for girls and young women, Pat served as the President of GSSWT's Board of Directors from 1987 to 1993 and has faithfully served Girl Scouts in a wide array since. Most recently, she spearheaded the development of the council's new volunteer structure, serving as the co-chair of GSSWT's Volunteer Advisory Steering Committee.


Professionally, Pat worked for more than 30 years for Student Health Services at UTSA and retired as director January 2010. 


Pat's list of Girl Scout recognition and awards is long, and well-deserved. She was presented with the Thanks Badge in 1973 and the Thanks Badge II in 1992, the organization's highest and most prestigious awards for adult volunteers. She was also a recipient of the Appreciation Pin, Executive Award, Honor Pin, Daisy Pin, and Special Service Award. 


You may share your condolences with the family by signing Pat's online guest book. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (checks payable to GSSWT) and mailed to the following address:

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
Attn: Memorials and Tributes
811 N. Coker Loop
San Antonio, TX 78216

Pat's service to Girl Scouts impacted thousands of girls and volunteers -- her legacy will live on for generations to come.