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Patricia M. Wilkowski

November 8, 1938 — January 4, 2021

Patricia M. Wilkowski

Patricia M. Wilkowski, 82 of Gaylord, passed away at home on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Born in Detroit, Michigan on November 8, 1938, she was the daughter of Joseph and Marjorie (Dahn) Kaminski.  Pat grew up in Ferndale, Gaylord and Troy.  She graduated from Clawson High School in 1956.

On May 21, 1960, Pat married the love of her life, Ronald Wilkowski in Clawson, Michigan.  They lived in Ferndale and Sterling Heights before moving to Gaylord for a few years.  In 1976 they moved to Leonard before returning to Gaylord in 1992.

Pat worked as secretary for many years at Ford Tractor.  She was also self employed providing home cleaning services.

She loved spending time with family and she always enjoyed camping, fishing, visiting area casinos and playing cards.

Surviving is Ron, her husband of almost 61 years; her two daughters, Michele (Mike) Thorstad of Clarkston and Tari (Jerry) Badgero of Attica; grandchildren, Greg (Jen) Thorstad, Stephanie (Derek) Probstfeld and Bryon Buchanan; a great grandson, Mason Birch; and her brother Doug Kaminski of Gaylord.  She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother, Gary Kaminski.

In keeping with her wishes, Pat’s family will remember her privately.  Interment will take place in the spring at Resurrection Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at

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