Patricia Joan Palazzolo
September 23, 1938 – March 31, 2021
Patricia Joan Palazzolo (Gorski) was born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on September 23, 1938 to Casimer S. Gorski and Theresa V. Gorski (Modrzynski). She was the oldest of 5 children and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She always spoke fondly of the idyllic time of her childhood in 1950’s Detroit. Everyone played outside until the street lights turned on, and that was the sign you had “better be heading home”. She graduated from Servite High School in 1956. She attended MSU, LCC and became a Cardiac Care Nurse in 1975. She was employed by TCI in Lansing, Michigan for many years. She was an owner of PMP Inc. in Williamston, Michigan and dealt in antiques having her own stall inside the “Antique Shop” in town. As a young adult, her father taught her that if you wanted something you had to work for it and at an early age she had after school jobs. One of those jobs was working at Bommarito’s Ice Cream Shop. It was there that she met her future husband Gasper Palazzolo. She had “no interest” in him at first, but thank God he kept trying. Making the typical, frugal, Gasper mistake of only putting a nickel-at-a-time in the juke box for one song instead of a quarter-for-five, she was not impressed. Apparently Dad was a slow learner because he finally had the sense to ask her to go fishing. And after many trips trolling down Lake Saint Clair and more quarters playing “In the Still of the Night” on the juke box, they married in 1956. In 1964 they moved to Williamston, Michigan, and raised seven sons together, “7 kids in 10 years” she liked to say. They were married for 64 years before he died on November 11, 2020. Mom was a lifetime learner. From “speedo on the typewriter” during the high school years, through the early years of computing in the “black-hole” of DOS, to her Windows machines, to Apple products, and finally her “jitterbug” phone, she never feared learning new technology (although in her later years the grandchildren would warn each other “get ready for the help calls, Grandma’s got a new phone”). As a lifelong reader, Mom spent what spare time she did have reading books. She dearly loved to read a good book and Dad spent a lot of time building her bookshelves to hold them. As a lifelong writer, she would express herself through her writing; be it the mandatory “Thank You Note”, family cookbooks, letters to her husband expressing a certain displeasure or the opinion column in the 1970’s Detroit News sharing her thoughts on war protestor’s behavior while her own brother was serving on a helicopter in Vietnam. Mom loved her Country and she was very patriotic. Voting was never optional and everyone in the house had to “zip-the-lips!” whenever a President was speaking on the radio or the television set. From Church bingo with the ladies from Wheatfield Township, card games at holidays with her cherished relatives, casino trips, or vacationing in her favorite spot of Alpena, her dry sense of humor and fun-loving spirit always brought a smile to those around her. Fishing and hunting gave her pleasure as well. Married on October 20th, also the first day of pheasant season, each “anniversary” consisted of pheasant hunting with all her kids on “opening day”. More than once she would bag the first buck in the family when deer season arrived. Gardening, cooking, wood carving, painting, sewing, quilting and mosaics were all things that brought her joy. What brought her the most joy in life was her family. Her sisters and brother called her Patsy, and they looked to their older sister for advice. Her “Alpena relatives” were very special to her. She loved her son’s wives as if they were her own daughters. She never criticized another family member and never gave advice on parenting, unless you asked her for it. Her grandchildren loved her and we see them raising their own children now using some of Grandma’s wisdom. For instance, when teaching fairness: “you cut the candy bar in half and you give your brother the first pick”, or “if you are going to kill each other, do it outside---I just finished cleaning”. Mom was generous with her time, talents, and treasure. But we can’t write them here because she always said never “toot your own horn”. Mom knew her God. She practiced His teachings and is now with Him, her parents, her husband Gasper, her brother Richard Gorski and her son David. Patricia is survived by her sisters Bev (Ted), Judy (Joe, deceased), Joan; sister-in-law Renay Gorski; daughter-n-law Lori; her sons Bob (Collette), John (Nancy), Tom (Darcy), Joe (Lisa), Jim (Kandi), Bill (Missy); 64 Grandchildren/Great Grandchildren; cherished cousins; many nieces and nephews; and her best friend Sara Larson. The family would like to express gratitude for the wonderful care provided to Mom by Kandi, Amber, Cassie, Caroline, Patti, Abby and Hayley. Cathy and the entire Staff of Sparrow Home Hospice have been much admired and appreciated. What your organization does for family members of the dying renews our faith in humanity. Thank you! Memorial Donations in Patricia’s name may be made to: The Saint Mary Youth Group at 220 North Cedar St. Williamston, Mi. 48895 Due to Covid-19, a private Funeral Mass will be held. The family does plan to have a public Memorial for both Pat and Gasper some time in 2021. Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be shared at www.grwilliamston.com
- Matt Palazzolo
- Andy Palazzolo
- Chris Palazzolo
- Brad Palazzolo
- Paul Palazzolo
- Phil Palazzolo
- Nick Palazzolo
- Neil Palazzolo
- Joe Palazzolo
St. Mary Youth Group
220 North Cedar St. , Williamston, Michigan 48895
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Patricia Joan Palazzolo
April 15, 2021
Thank you for giving me the privilege to care for you in your final days. Thank you for allowing me to get to know the wonderful person that you were. Thank you for teaching me how to bake, without you I would still be incapable of making cookies. You made me a stronger person.
I will forever miss you and forever cherish our time together.
To the entire Palazzolo family, I’m terribly sorry for the loss of your amazing mother & grandmother. You were truly blessed with the best. I’m sending you all my love & prayers. ❤️
April 3, 2021
Jim, Kandi and the Palazzolo family, Raedeane and I are so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. We know that she was loved by many and just knowing all of you speaks volumes about the kind of women she was. God bless and condolences to all of you. We are praying that the Lord comforts you all in this time of sorrow.
April 3, 2021
Jim and I are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. A very talented lady and, who would have guessed she would have time for all those talents what with raising seven sons....whew. But it sounds like she had the philosophy of if you can’t beat them...you join them. And off she went hunting and fishing. Your household was a busy one. Your tribute to her is beautiful and shares so many meaningful memories you have of her and the legacy she left. Hugs to all.
April 3, 2021
There are so many things I could say about what a wonderful woman you were. The list goes on and on. You led this family with such steadfast grace. The matriarch of what has turned out to be the best family I could have asked for. What stood out to me the most was your unwavering devotion to the Lord. Every Sunday you were there, a shining example of what a follower of Christ looks like. Not only on Sunday, but everyday, without fail you lived your life according to God's will. Loving and honoring your husband, caring for your family in a way only someone that was a part of it could describe. Never uttering a bad word about anyone, only saying 'to each his own' when others spoke about events or people. If I could pick one word to describe you out of the many I can think of it would be devoted. Thank you Grandma for leading this family to the only thing that matters on this earth. I will spend the rest of this life being grateful for your unwavering faith and your devotion to this family. I know your example lives on in all of us. It has been one of my greatest honors being a part of your care team. I will cherish all of our talks and moments together. You taught me so many things that this world is lacking today and I am forever better for it. I miss you already.
April 2, 2021
I had the honor of being moms daughter in law for 35 years now, however, throughout the years she became a second mom to me and a true friend. God couldn't of given me a more wonderful mother in law. She was one classy lady, the true definition of what a lady is. She had the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen, I will forever have them etched in my memory. Her dedication to God, Gasper, and her family was unending. Her love and loyalty to her family and friends was unmatched, with never a bad word about anyone. She always saw the best in everyone she loved. I will miss our many shopping trips, our lunches out together, our casino trips, and the many wonderful recipes she taught me, she was one of the best cooks around, we cooked many things together. Over the last four years I had the honor and privilege of being one of her caregivers and it is a time that I will treasure and hold dear to my heart forever.
She loved dad so much, and after we lost him four months ago, she seemed so lost without him. I know she was eager to be reunited with her one true love.
Rest in peace mom,
Love your daughter Kandi
April 1, 2021
Patsy was the best of the best when it came to sisters. She was always there when you needed her wisdom or understanding. I will continue to miss her the rest of my life. Rest in peace my dear sister and may you find a bowl full of crushinkies to munch on just waiting for you. Much love always, Jude
April 1, 2021
I am so sorry to all of the Palazzolo family for the loss of your beautiful Mother. May you carry her love in your hearts & may God comfort you as you grieve.
With deepest sympathy,