Our beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend has gone to dance with butterflies.
Born to Anne and Peter Polkowski in Neptune City, NJ, Pat and brother Frank moved with the family to Canoga Park, CA in 1960. Peter passed away three years later. Losing her dad at a young age instilled in Pat a desire to work hard and support her family.
Pat obtained a BA in Journalism from CSUN, where she was co-editor of the Daily Sundial. She won nearly 200 awards, including four Gold Quills and the IABC Communicator of the Year award. She worked at the LA Times, Southern CA Edison, LA DWP, and Metropolitan Water District before forming a public relations firm. However, these successes were unmatched to her gifts as a wife and mother.
While at CSUN, Pat met Greg and "knew right away that he was the man I would marry." He thought she was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen. They married on June 26, 1971 and had two daughters, Amy and Emily. Even while running her own firm, Pat made time for all of the girls' activities.
Pat was diagnosed with ataxia in 1992. Despite a ten-year prognosis, Pat remained optimistic and, in July 2010, celebrated her sixtieth birthday - a milestone no doctor thought she'd reach. Pat will be remembered for her eternal good cheer, her strength and tenacity, and her unfettered love for her family.
Memorial to be held on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at CSUN University Club.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on March 25, 2011.
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