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Patrick R. Mankowski

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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.

29 comments on “Patrick R. Mankowski”

  1. Patricia L. Reid

    Dear Betty & Family,

    We’re so very sorry to hear about the passing of our dear friend and neighbor. He was truly great man and so kind and generous to all. He will be sorely missed by “many”. We send sincere prayers to you as you go through these difficult days ahead. He gave us so many great memories that we’ll never forget in days gone past. With loving thoughts, Rev & P

    • Kelly Branigan from Rainbow Plaque Co

      I am deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Mankowski’s passing. He was a terrific customer and a wonderful part of our community.

      • Patty, We shall miss you and your hugs at the Elks. You are one of the good guys. Hugs and love to your family.

        • Patty was a dear friend to brother Bob…Wally Bob and Judy. He spent many Saturdays around 11:00 a.m. which was greatly appreciated by Bob’s family as we could not be in Gaylord ourselves as much as we would of liked. Praises to Patty and his family. Hopeful Bob and Patty can enjoy each other in Heaven.

          • Pat was a very caring guy. I met him by his neighbor, Betty Kutz, I was Betty’s care-giver for a while. He used to walk by Betty’s house every morning and she would always be waiting to see Pat walk by, he would see her and she’d look out the window and he’d wave with his cane. I also got to meet him and his wife when my boyfriend Bob was doing yard work for Pat and Betty. He was a very sweet guy and Betty was a very sweet lady. Pat and Betty just loved Bob’s work. He will be deeply missed. Prayers for the family.

            • My sincerest sympathies to BETTY & family, especially to Patricia, Pat’s twin sister! Pat was a true gentleman & friend to me for many years. I will never forget his friendship to me when my husband died 40 years ago and since. He will be missed by many, the Elks Club will forever have an empty chair. RIP my friend.

              • Clayton Andrews, Del.

                So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing, prayers for the whole Mankowski family, a great friend and family man lost.

                • Patty, you were a wonderful and a amazing man and a wonderful friend. You will be missed by everyone. Prayers for all the family. God Bless Your family. R. I.P. Patty!

                  • Betty, you are in Dick’s and my prayers. Many a good time with this wonderful, generous and caring man. I remember when he came into Hidden Valley and taught all of us how every wine went with what foods. Also great times at the Elks Lodge. He will be dearly missed.

                    • Dear Betty and family

                      My deepest sympathy for your loss.
                      I was very fortunate to have known patty sence the early 60’s , he always had time for me as a young boy at the golf course, and would make sure I had a smile on my face with a candy bar or a joke. Not much has changed threw all those years. Patty loved Gaylord more than anyone I have known, and always did everything he could for the betterment of Gaylord. And much more than most people know. I will truly remember all the laughs and advice
                      I’ll never forget you . RIP little buddy.

                      • Goodbye Uncle Patty, sure am going to miss you. Hopefully you’re enjoying cocktail hour with Doc and Duncie and Roddy.

                        • Betty and Family, My sincere condolences on Pat’s passing. I have many fond memories of the Chef in action and dinner at your home. My prayers will be with you and the family.
                          -Jim

                          • Betsy Gocha Higgins

                            Betty, I am so sorry to hear this news. I have many fond memories of you both. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

                            • Sandra (Crank) Martin

                              Dearest Betty and Family,

                              My heart is sadden to hear of the news of Pat’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. It is with fond memories that we shared over the years with you and Pat. My prayers are for you in this time of sorrow. Your friend in Christ Sandra (Crank) Martin and family.

                              • Chris & Peggy Borst-Botens

                                Betty & Family,

                                Sincere sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Patty. My husband Chris remembers Patty being the first Elk member to welcome him
                                to Gaylord. He was one of the Wine Salesman that I worked with at Glen’s Market. He was one of my favorite salesman. We have lots of great
                                memories of our fun times at the Elks. Just keep all the great memories in your hearts and know that your husband and Dad was loved by so
                                many of us. Fly high Sweet Angel Patty.

                                • Betty, LouAnne and I are so very sorry for your loss and your family’s loss! Patty always made us feel like family, like he did for everyone he knew.
                                  LouAnne and I will never forget our friendship with you both, and we will always remember our good times together.

                                  • Betty and Family:
                                    So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. I have many fond memories of him! My condolences to you and your family.
                                    Thinking of you, Diane Nelsen

                                    • Betty, we are so sorry for your loss of your husband Patty. We really appreciate knowing you both. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always we loved him very much.

                                      • To Betty and family,
                                        You are in my thoughts and prayers. Pat was a great friend since I worked at Hidden Valley and it continued until his passing.

                                        • I remember the days when I done some yard work for Pat and Betty, and the time he had me come in the house and showed me his acorn buck on the wall. I will always remember Pat and Betty, but I got familiar with Pat when I worked at Moorheads standard station back in the 70’s and he would come in for gas.. Bob Nickerson

                                          • I just heard of the passing of Patty and I am truly saddened. My condolences to the family. Patty was a friend of not only my father Wally but to my grandfather Charlie Goddeyne as well. Patty was not only a great service to the City of Gaylord but a great service to my father. After my father’s accident Patty would visit him nearly every Saturday and I know my dad looked forward to every visit, I am truly appreciative of Patty for looking in on my dad so much. I enjoyed running into Patty on occasion when I could make it to Gaylord. He was always kind and would ask me how things were going and how I was doing. The last time I saw Patty was at my father’s memorial service in September at the Elk’s Club. I spoke to him briefly and later when I went back to thank him for everything he had gone. At the memorial service, my three-year-old son wandered down to look at Patty’s elk which he enjoyed very much, so thanks for the elk and being a friend to my family Patty.

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