Age 82, of Lachine, Mich., and formerly of St. Clair Shores, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013 at The Village Rehabilitation and Care Community in Armada.
Pat was born November 1, 1930 in Detroit. In 1948, she graduated from the Felician Academy, where she learned to speak Polish.
On May 20, 1951, Pat married John B. Orlando and then added Sicilian to her language library. Her love of language and communication extended to her work.
From her early job as a switchboard operator to her ministry with the Beaver Lake Community Church; Pat was a caring person. She was a Bible Study and Sunday School Teacher, active in the Women's Ministry and choir, worked with hospice, volunteered as an elementary school reading aide and helped those in need of food. All who knew Pat will remember her welcoming spirit, infectious laugh and great food.
Surviving are her children, Jim (Rosemary) Orlando, Rose Marie (Jim) Torrento, Diane (Jim) Saylor and Lori Orlando; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Angie Orlando and Josie (Vic) Valice; and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband, John; parents, James Allen and Marie Jakubowski; and stepfather, Stanley Jakubowski.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Pat's name to Beaver Lake Community Church Food Pantry,9007 M65 South, Lachine, MI 49753 or The Alzheimer's Association , P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
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