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Patricia Jean


Patricia was born to Olive and Kenneth Hanifan on April 13, 1934, on what I envision to be a warm sunny early spring day on Friday the 13th. Some may say that this is an unlucky day, I think not. I envision this day needing some good karma thus Pat came into this world.

She had 2 daughters, Christine Gunther and many years later, Jennifer Edgar; she also had one stepdaughter, Janet Koella, and one brother, Ronald (Catheryn) Hanifan. Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Karl Koella (W8VSB).

Mom met dad on a secret amateur radio hidden transmitter game and that is how she found him. Patricia was known as W8TIL and loved speaking to people all over the world, as did dad. This of course was the Facebook, Twitter and social media of the early days! Before GPS signals existed! But of course no "selfie" pictures involved!

Mom enjoyed her birds so much she had many feeders galore outside her window when she presided in Bedford. I will best recall her shooting a BB Gun at the pesky squirrels who dared to invade her bird feeders! Besides birds and HAM Radio Mom enjoyed her dogs, Siberian Huskies. She showed in many AKC Events and sled dog races. Many of her beloved dogs have passed over the years but I envision she is now in heaven getting many, many wet kisses and Husky Howls of joy upon her arrival! Friday, April 11, her signal went silent but her memory will remain in us all.

We wish to celebrate her life and not mourn her passing, She leaves behind her grandson's, Conner and Cole Edgar; her daughters, Christine Gunther (Rick), Jennifer Edgar (Lee) and stepdaughter, Janet Koella. Many caregivers at Hospice of Northwest Ohio on Detroit Ave, and the wonderful caring angels at Sunset Village in Sylvania, Ohio and special helper, Marcia Zeman.

Please send no flowers, we prefer small gifts of gratitude of your choice in Pat's name to the girls and dementia residents at Sunset Villiage/ Overmeyer Court Wing 9640 Sylvania-Metamora Rd, Sylvania, OH 43560 or Hospice of Northwest Ohio 800 S. Detroit Ave. Toledo Ohio 43609. No services will be held however a future celebration of life is being planned to be held in her honor. Arrangements by the Michael W. Pawlak Funeral Home, Temperance, MI.

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Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 13, 2014
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