Patrick “Pat” Richard Mankowski left his earthly body in the early morning hours on January 31, 2020. Patrick was born on November 16, 1936, and celebrated life for 83 memorable years.
Born and raised in Gaylord, Michigan, Pat married the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Mankowski (Milbocker) on July 7, 1962. A year later they welcomed their firstborn and named him Gayelord after the town Pat loved so much. Pat and Betty went on to welcome two more children, Timothy and Sarah, to their loving family. Pat was a dedicated family man who lived his life to the fullest always giving of himself and his time. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, watching sports, and considered himself an amateur chef. He was most proud of his children and their accomplishments always taking time to support their endeavors and offer his sage advice.
Pat graduated from St. Mary Cathedral School and went on to proudly serve in the National Guard. Pat had a successful career with Viviano Wine Importers representing northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. In 1993 Patrick was proud to be the first employee to ever exceed $1,000,000 in sales for the year. He and Betty enjoyed the perks of his job traveling the world, meeting new friends and tasting wine.
Pat also committed his life to public service and served on Gaylord City Council for over 44 years. Patrick’s legacy to the city of Gaylord and the state of Michigan, The Patrick Mankowski Elk Park, shines as an example of his passion and love for his community. Pat was a proud member of The Eagles, Elks, and Knights of Columbus where he earned the distinction of fourth-degree color guard. Pat was genuinely proud to be a guardian of Gaylord, the community he loved and valued so much.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Betty; children Gayelord (Jocelyn), Tim (Kathy), and Sarah; grandchildren Kelsey, Sara, Hannah, and Olesia; siblings Tony, Betty (Bob), Sr. Janice, Patricia, Barb, and Butch (Judy); many cousins, nieces, nephews, and a bounty of friends near and far. He is preceded in death by his parents Louis and Sophie Mankowski; brothers Edwin, John, Bob (Judith), and sister Sally.
Pat was a “chosen” father, brother, uncle, and grandparent to so many. His quick-wit, kindness, generosity, commitment to service, and friendship will be missed by all.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., from St. Mary Cathedral.
The family will receive friends at St. Mary Cathedral on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Gaylord Elk Park.