Patricia Marie (Pat) Gunville

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died April 16, 2020

Patricia Marie “Pat” Gunville, age 83, passed away peacefully at home on April 16, 2020 due to a lengthy illness.

Patricia was born October 25, 1936 in Escanaba MI to Arthur and Jeanette (Derouin) Lantagne. She was the oldest of five children. She married Gerald Gunville on May 28, 1955 at Holy Family Church in Flat Rock. They would have celebrated 65 years of marriage in May 2020. Patricia worked at several local grocery stores including Red Owl and Super One where you could always catch her with a big smile and a friendly “Hello”. Pat enjoyed many hobbies including painting, ceramics, sewing and was also involved in Genealogy. Pat’s Biggest joy was being with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Early on in her life Pat also liked to compete in talent shows, singing and playing her guitar and later as a guest singer in the Jerry Gunville Orchestra. Pat was a long-time member of the St Joseph and St. Patrick Parish and helped at the church.

Patricia is survived by her spouse Gerald Gunville Sr. Escanaba, three sons, Gerald (Karla) Gunville Jr., James (Sandy) Gunville, Robert (Theresa) Gunville, seven grandchildren: Kristen (Jerry) Eckert, Sean (Jodie) Gunville, Amanda (William) Braun, Lila Gunville, Ashton Gunville, Courtney Gunville, Brittany Gunville and her fiancé Michael Topf, six great grandchildren: Harper and Finley Gunville, Cecilia and Mabel Braun, Averie and Allie Kruger. Pat is also survived by one sister, Priscilla Lantagne Shaw, two sisters-in-law Katy (Roger) Lantagne and Gerry (Rodney) Lantagne, and many Special nieces and nephews.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Jeanette Lantagne, sister Yvonne Rivard, and brothers Roger and Rodney Lantagne.
To the staff at UP Home Health Hospice, your comforting expressions, patience and care for Pat will always be remembered with deep gratitude.

In lieu of flowers, we have set up a memorial fund in Pat’s name for the Holy Name Catholic High School. Please send any donations to Holy Name Catholic School, 409 S. 22nd Street, Escanaba or the Skradski Family Funeral Home, 118 S. 12th Street, Escanaba.
Mass of Christian Burial will Friday, June 5 at 1:00 PM at the St. Joseph and St. Patrick Parish with Fr. Tim Ferguson officiating. Pat will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.

14 Tributes for “Patricia Marie (Pat) Gunville

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Pat! She was the sweetest just like her mom. Hugs and prayers to Gerry and family! Tom & Terri Skradski

    She was a wonderful and always enjoyed time with them.
    Our love to the entire family thru this valley in your life.

    Too my aunt such a beautiful lady
    Kind heart. Deepest condolences for her family. She will be missed.. so many memories of her will be with me forever

    So sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was a wonderful woman who I am sure will be missed.

    I’m so sorry Jim to hear about your mom’s passing. I know how concerned you were about your parents’ health and welfare. My heart goes out to you and your family and God bless you. ❤️

    I want to write a short, loving memoir for my dearest grandma, Patricia. I remember that I chose her as my role model for my middle school biography report. She was so best and deeply devoted grandmother I ever had. I used to go over at her house to learn how to paint, identify our genealogical family member and pray together. She brought joys to all of us. When we go to the grocery store, she often sees any friend or family member and chat for a long time. She is loved by many. Sometimes, we sat down and looked after the old pictures together. She loved seeing the old pictures to help us to remember the best times. These pictures are our essential tool to remind ourselves how much we truly appreciate our moments of life. It is all about by having each other.

    She is God’s servant. She served in the church all her life. She always go to help them suddenly whenever they need a volunteer in the church. She taught me a life lesson of mediation is to pray much as you can show your love for God. And God loves you no matter what.

    She never forgets her favorite signs with me; “memory, remember, love, Jesus, God, Mary, mother, father, family, cousin, grandma, grandpa, and pray.” She was immensely patient with me for communication. She tried to teach some signs to grandpa and grandpa did start to sign a bit sometimes. Grandpa always told me he is so lucky to have a wonderful family grandma gave us. He always smile after grandma. They had been married and love each other since 64 years. We love you so much, grandma Pat.

    I am so proud of calling you a saint for all grandmothers of comforts. Jesus, Mother and God love you so much and they all are so proud of you, grandma Patricia Lantagne Gunville. Grandma Pat, I did not want to let you to go, but I let you to go to God and be with Him and your family to dance together in the Heaven and playing the music and signing. ❤️ for everyday of my life, I will miss your laughs, comforts, deep faith, loyalty and HUGE love. I love you so much, my dearest grandma. You are so special one in my life.

    Pat will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Dan and I were so lucky to have Pat and Jerry as neighbors at our first house. They became like family to us. We are so sad to hear of Pat’s passing. Our hearts go out to Jerry and the whole family.

    When I read the obituary for Pat Gunville in the press, you forgot to mention one of the grocery stores Pat worked at, Mel & Elmers. I worked with Pat many years ago there. When I say many, I was 18 years old at the time and I’m now 73, LOL !! Fun to work with and so pretty. I was engaged to be married and Pat threw a surprise wedding shower for me at her home, with my Mom and all our friends from the store. She also sent me a gift when my first son was born. How grateful I was. But this is no surprise because she was always doing nice things for people. I moved away from Esky for 10 years and we lost touch. Ran into her a few times after I moved back and always thought we’d get some of the old crew together for lunch but didn’t work out. I remember her kindness and infectious smile most. I heard her name on our prayer list at St Joes/St Pats church but never knew her illness. Prayers go out to Pat’s family. RIP in peace Dear old friend of mine. Sincerest Sympathy, Mary Roberts

    So sorry to hear about Pat passing away. She was always so happy when my son and I would come over. It was always a joy to talk to her when we went and seen her. We will miss her as a neighbor and are so blessed to have known her. Send thoughts and prayers to her family and loved ones.

    Will miss her so much, special lady, big heart. Love going over too her house as a kid, she always made you feel good she love taking care of her family… very important too her, loved her so much, So much memories. The family comes together so much. Her three boys, and many others.. have so much love… R.I.P.

    Live you

    I remember how beautiful she was and a very hard worker. She was always taking care of everyone, grandma Included. My mom shared a love for painting with her and always admired her. Back in the day I’m told she was known as Pretty Pat when she performed with the band. RIP PAT , say hi to my mom and dad.

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