Phyllis Patricia “Pat” Antoski (nee White)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Friend, Pat Antoski on Monday, April 22, 2024, at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Heather, and Mike Sharp, at the age of 86 years.

Mom was predeceased by her husband of 43 years Nick “Andy” Antoski, parents Gus and Isabel White, brother Jim White and sister Elizabeth “Betty” Wolfe, brother-in-law Joe Antoski.

Left to cherish her memories are her sister Evelyn (Harv) Baessler of Penticton, BC, her grandson, Darrell Gobeil of Kimberley, BC, her great-grandsons Caden Bills, Jordan, Chase and Jaxan White, her nephews James Wolfe and Brian Turner, nieces, Kim (Bob) Kodak and Vanessa Turner (Terry), great nephew Lee Kodak, many extended family members on Mike’s side that considered her “grandma”, and special family friend Francine Barber who was like a daughter to her.
Mom was born on September 20, 1937, in Winnipeg, MB. Here she lived, worked, and raised her daughter as a single parent. Mom worked for the Gordon Hotels, Manitoba Housing, and the Provincial Forestry planting trees in and around Piney and Badger areas.

Her only grandson, Darrell was born in 1975. Darrell blessed her with four great-grandsons whom she loved dearly. She enjoyed every minute she could spend with her boys.

Mom met the love of her life, Andy in 1967 and they married in 1974. They continued to live in Winnipeg until Andy’s retirement at which time they decided to go back to mom’s roots and purchase a home in Piney, Manitoba. It was in Piney where mom finally received her driver’s license at the age of 51. After that there was no stopping her. Although they didn’t travel much outside Manitoba, mom put on many miles travelling around Manitoba visiting family and friends. Mom and Andy enjoyed the simple life, they loved the outdoors of country living. There she re-connected with many childhood and family friends. Mom always had an open-door policy, a cup of tea/coffee on the ready and happy to visit with anybody who came to the doorstep.

In 2001 they moved to Portage la Prairie to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. When Andy developed Alzheimer’s, he was admitted to the Lions Prairie Manor. Mom would be there almost every day caring for her husband as well as any other resident she could help. She became a volunteer at the Manor until Andy’s passing in 2017.
Mom was a member of the Herman Prior Centre and the First Presbyterian Church in Portage.

Mom was my social butterfly. She easily made friends wherever she went. She was a caregiver, caring and compassionate. Even during her lengthy hospital stay, she would try to help her roommates, sharing food (that she didn’t like), treats, stories and exchanging phone numbers to keep in touch. Mom loved her animals and together with Andy they had many…Bear, Tramp, Buddy, Smokey, Sam, and JoJo just to name a few. You would often find mom in her flower gardens which she thoroughly enjoyed. Mom did not have many hobbies, but she kept busy by doing all the things she enjoyed; making new friends, shopping (oh how she loved to shop), and of course caring for whoever or whatever was in need, and spending time with her family.

Cremation has taken place. A private family burial will take place in Badger, Manitoba.

A special thank you goes out to all the staff on the Medical Unit of the Portage District General Hospital for their exceptional care.

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to K9 Advocates Manitoba, 23 Park Meadows Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3K 2C4 or to the First Presbyterian Church, 17 Royal Road South, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 1T8.

Mom, you are the
most beautiful
memory I will keep locked
inside my heart forever

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery of Winnipeg in care of arrangements.