Patricia A. Palkowski
November 25, 1928 – March 5, 2020
Patricia A. Palkowski, 91, passed away on Thursday, March 05, 2020 in South Bend.
Patricia was born on November 25, 1928 in South Bend to Stanley and Theodora (Cawodny) Jurek. She was preceded in death by her parents; a beloved grandson, Matthew P. Smiecinski sisters, Gertrude, Cecelia and Evelyn and brothers, Gene and John.
On August 2, 1952 in St. Adalbert Catholic Church in South Bend, she married, Eugene Palkowski; he preceded her in death after 62 years of marriage on January 23, 2015. Left to cherish her memory are three devoted daughters, Karen J. (Paul) Smiecinski of Vandalia, Michigan, Nancy J. (Sid) Shafer of South Bend and Jean Marie (Ty) Tetzlaff of O’Fallon, Missouri. Also, surviving are her loving grandchildren, Joe (fiancée, Laura) Sidney, Stacey, Tyler and Abby (fiancée, Nolan). Also surviving are her siblings, Stanley (Virg) Jurek, Barbara Jagmin; sisters-in-law, Joann Jurek and Rosealee Jurek.
Patricia was a lifelong area resident of South Bend and had been employed as a bank teller for over eight years with St. Joseph Bank and Trust Company in South Bend before her retirement in 1956. Her major life roll was as a wife and mother to her loving husband and three loving daughters. Another major role when her grandchildren arrived was taking care of all six of them before they started school. She loved her role as grandma and cherished her time with them.
She was a member of St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church in South Bend.
The family is so thankful for the loving care of their mom by Darden Homes, especially, Jennifer and Chareen. They always made her feel loved and we knew she was in good hands.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 13 at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church. The family will receive guests from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the church. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered on behalf of Patricia to Heartland Hospice, 230 W. Catalpa Suite D, Mishawaka, IN 46545, St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, 2114 East Jefferson Boulevard, South Bend, IN, United States, 46617, JDRF, 200 Vesey Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10281 or National Multiple Sclerosis Society Indiana State Chapter, 3500 DePauw Blvd. Suite 1040, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
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