May 6, 2023
Patricia “Babci” Sulkowski, 80, of Sugar Notch, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 6th surrounded by her family.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 9th, 1942, to the late Walter and Catherine Clements.
She is preceded in death by her late husband of 50 years, John (Jack) Sulkowski; her son Peter Sulkowski; her sisters Noreen Peznowski and Eileen Peters; and granddaughter Megan Joyce.
She is survived by her sister Peggy De Leo and her husband Joe, and four children and their spouses; daughter Laurie Joyce and her husband Tom, son John and his fiancee Nellie, son Gary and his wife Daysa, and son Dan and his wife Kristine.
In addition, she is survived by fourteen grandchildren; Lindsey McGeehan and husband John, John Sulkowski Jr., Jacob Sulkowski, Hanna Mucha and husband Doug, Natalie Sulkowski, Daniel Sulkowski, Jenna Sulkowski, Kelsey McKenzie and husband Ryan, Aidan Joyce and wife Gabbie, Elizabeth Sulkowski, Emily Sulkowski, Matthew Sulkowski, Braedon Joyce, and Adam Joyce and wife Tracy.
She also was blessed with two great-grandchildren, Olivia McGeehan and Tanner Mucha.
Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the delight of her life, and she spent her days traveling to and from every event they were involved in. From piano recitals and plays, sporting events, proms and graduations, and everything in between, no matter big or small, she never missed one.
Pat was raised in Brooklyn, NY where she graduated from Bushwick High School before moving to Sugar Notch, PA to marry the love of her life Jack Sulkowski.
She then graduated from a nursing program and dedicated her life to caring for others. As a result, she became affectionately known to almost everyone as “Babci” (Polish for grandmother).
Pat’s enthusiasm for shaping young lives carried on to her work at the Wyoming Valley Montessori school in Kingston where she was also known to the staff, students, and families as Babci. Whether tending to a scraped knee or hurt feelings she loved and cared for everyone around her just as she did her family.
She continued her work until her husband needed her full-time caretaking.
Anyone that she encountered in her life can testify to her selfless kindness and the contagious gusto for life that carried into everything that she did. Never missing a moment to bring a smile to everyone’s faces, she had a head-to-toe themed outfit for every holiday and was always the life of the party.
She saw the good in everyone, and the world is a better place because of the love and joy she poured into it.
In a world that must go on without Babci, may we learn to love and care for one another as she would.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 13th at 10 am in St. Leo the Great Parish, 33 Manhattan Street, Ashley. Rev. Vincent Dang will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 – 10 am on Saturday at the Church, prior to her Mass.
Condolences may be sent by visiting Patricia’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.