January 01, 1970

Patricia Kowalok’s life touched many people. From those at St. Sebastian’s choir, to staff and customers at Lane Bryant, from kitchen staff and children at St. Sebastian school where she served lunch and her once a month breakfast group. She always had a smile and took time to talk with and appreciate everyone she met.

Pat loved to sing in the choir at St. Sebastian’s Church where she and her late husband Walt were members for many, many years. She sang in the funeral choir, and cantered as well. She sang whenever she could and many will remember her lovely soprano voice.

She would knit and crochet amazing afghans. Each family member has at least two as do many friends of the family. When her hands weren’t busy crocheting, she loved her orchids. She swore that talking to them helped them to grow!

Feeding the family was quite a feat. Dad would bring home bushels of tomatoes, grapes, and the kids would pick blackberries on the hills behind the house. Mom would go into action canning. The heat, and steam would waft up from the cellar. The smell of canned grape juice was heavenly.

Her best time was time spent with family. She loved having the family together for family dinners and holidays. She was always ecstatic when a family member came home for a visit.

Both Walter and Pat believed in education. Pat graduated from Carlow College and worked as a lab technician. Pat and Walt instilled the value of education and helped all of their children through college. Now grown, all have advanced degrees.

While she is now united with her husband, Walter S. Kowalok, and her daughter, Kathy Kowalok, she leaves behind, four children—Patricia A. Kowalok, Walter D. Kowalok, Judy Ayala and her husband Manuel Ayala, and Michael Kowalok. She leaves also three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She will be thought of often by family and friends who are better off because of her kindness and smile.

Friends received Wednesday, 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home, Inc., 806 Perry Hwy, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Sebastian Church,Thursday, 10:00a.m.

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  • Carolyn Piskor

    It was wonderful getting to know Pat, and it was such a gift to share many prayers with her. God is holding her in the palm of his hand, just like she asked him to. We will always be thankful for her friendship, and, we love you too Pat.

    Carolyn Piskor, Skilled Nursing Activity Director
    Bob Piskor, Snack Aide, Concordia LM

  • dan kerr

    God bless Pat and her family. I took communion to her for a couple years and she was a warm, loving very spiritual woman. She always talked about how proud she was of her family and she really missed Walt and even more her daughter. She always had a smile and never ever complained. Dan Kerr

  • Stephanie Snow

    Kowalok Family,
    It was my honor and pleasure to have cared for your mother. You said it best, we are better off because of her kindness and smile. She is so loved and will be missed by the many lives she touched.
    Sending love and prayers, Stephanie Snow, CRNP Concordia Physician Practice

  • Patty Starr

    To the Kowalok Family,
    I am so grateful to have known your mom/grandma/great-grandma, a most remarkable woman. I will always remember her warm and gentle spirit, so loving and thoughtful to all who knew her. Pat’s faith was always deep and unwavering; as was her love of her family. May you be comforted in the time ahead, without her, knowing she is at peace.

  • Sheila Geyer McDevitt

    Your mother is a great soul. It was a blessing to know her and her presence has been missed by many at St. Sebastian for some time now. I’m so sorry for your loss. You will see her again.


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