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Patricia Victoria Lichty – February 10, 1944 – November 10, 2011

It is with great sadness that the family of Patricia Lichty announce her passing on Thursday November 10, 2011 peacefully, at her home.
She was predeceased by her husband Ken Sr. on November 13, 2009; her parents Annie and Alex Kalka and her sister Sandra Webb.
Pat is survived by her daughter Angie (Glen); grandsons Ryan and Braydon Hansson; son Ken Lichty Jr. (Tracey) and granddaughter Natasha;  her brother William Kalka; and sisters Nellie Doering and Barbara Mowat along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Pat was very proud of her accomplishment of marrying her longtime love Ken at age 16 in the Ukrainian Hall in October 1960 and that they had just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary before his passing.
After marrying Ken they settled in Calgary, Alberta for about 10 years where they started their family with the arrival of their daughter and son.  However, missing family, they decided to relocate back to the area settling in Eagle River.  Pat remained there for most of her adult life except for the last two years where she resided across the street from her childhood home.
Anyone who ever met or knew Pat could quickly see what a kind and caring individual she was with an exuberance for life – talking, laughing and befriending all who came into contact with her.  She loved all things living especially her loyal dogs Lady, Kimba, Chimo and Kaisa.  Each of them enjoyed long, happy lives surpassing 15 or more years.  Her secret Pat would say, was talking and singing to them daily and giving them all the table scraps they desired.  They were almost human according to her and were by her side throughout the many health ailments she endured during the latter part of her life.  Pat was equally fond of the returning wildlife she fed and received great pleasure watching her hummingbirds, ducks, geese and the blue heron who resided in her beloved beaver creek.
She held various jobs throughout her lifetime but the two she enjoyed the most were her many years with the Wabigoon Tree Nursery and all “the girls” where she could get her daily fill of socializing and talking.  She also loved her job as a Support Worker with the Dryden District Association for Community Living where she enriched the lives of those in her care with her unconditional support and inclusion – at many of her own family gatherings.
An excellent cook, Pat could always be counted on to make sure all who visited her home never left hungry as she doted on them, feeding them her homemade chili, cabbage rolls, perogies and headcheese.
Throughout her lifetime Pat demonstrated great compassion for others and was most proud of her family and their accomplishments.  Pat instilled in them humility, courage and faith no matter what life throws at you.
Always the eternal optimist, she never wavered in her faith in God no matter what hardship she encountered.  Pat leaves her children with the most important lessons in life – love unconditionally, do unto others as you would have done unto you, treat everyone with respect and never judge a book by its cover.
Family and friends celebrated Pat’s life, shared stories and viewed the many pictures and videos that depicted a lifetime of memories.  Pat was cremated with interment occuring at a later date.  Donations in her memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Grace Haven through the Stevens Funeral Home P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1.  Condolences may be emailed to  subject: Lichty
“A Mother holds her children’s hands for a while, their hearts forever.”

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