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It is with sadness that the family of Evelyn Grace “Pat” Kozik, 86, of 1101 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., announces her passing on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Pat was born April 21, 1925 in Halifax, N.S. to the late John and Katherine Patterson.

During WWII, Pat served in Canada as an air controller and engineering clerk with the RCAF, where she met and married her husband, Nick Kozik.

Following the war, they moved to Fort Frances, where they owned and operated Filmore Grocery for 43 years.

Pat always was busy. She was the first woman to run for town council, and managed a demanding business and family, but somehow found the time to be an avid volunteer and a faithful member in the Seventh Day Adventist church, and seemed to always be taking up a new hobby or night courses.

Pat was well-known for her kind and generous heart. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Nick Kozik in 1989; and one sister, Doris Woods, just last month.

Pat is survived by her daughter, Donna and husband, Blair Lowey, of Fort Frances, Ont., and four sons, Paul Kozik and wife, Carolyn, of Battle Ground, Wash., David Kozik and wife, Melinda, of Winnipeg, Man., Kim Kozik and Melanie of Fort Frances, Ont., and Mark Kozik and wife, Sandra, of Keswick, Ont.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Karrie, James, Sara, Krista, Jewel, Rainy, Nicholas, Steven, Chantelle, Nichole, Jessica, and Kaela; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Pat’s life will be held on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances.

Cremation will take place at Rainy River Cremation Services in International Falls, Mn.

Interment will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances at a later date.

Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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