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Patricia "Patty" Ann (Gulish) Antolic
September 11, 1946 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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This obituary celebrates a simple life. That’s exactly what she wanted - not a long list of awards and accolades, nor a long list of life-long hobbies perfected. Living a good, respectable life doesn’t always mean “moving up” or “living life to the fullest.” Sometimes, living a good life simply means being a good person and being surrounded by those you love. Hers was a good life of simplicity, of traditional values and selfless routines, of unnoticed acts of common heroism.
Patricia “Patty” (Gulish) Antolic, 77, of Economy, peacefully passed away on December 24, 2023 at home. She was the daughter of the late Pete and Irene (Walko) Gulish of Harmony Township. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bob Gulish. Surviving is her loving husband, Rick Antolic; her children, Michael (Kathryn) Antolic of Gouldsboro, Rick T. Antolic of Pittsburgh, and Amie (Lance) Zeli of Canonsburg; grandchildren Katherine (Brody) of Peter's Township, Lance C. of Canonsburg, Evan, Guerin, Natalie of Gouldsboro; and her brother John Gulish of Aliquippa.
Patty graduated from Ambridge High School in the late 1960s. Afterwards, she attended IBM School, which ceased to be not long after and eventually no records of that school existed, which caused her some obstacles years later in her job-seeking. After graduating from the IBM School, Patty worked as a key punch operator for the Pennsylvania Railroad (later called Conway Yards) in Baden, and then for Crucible Steel in the same role. She soon met Rick Antolic of Ambridge, who worked at J&L Steel in Aliquippa. They married in 1968. Together they had three children (Michael, Rick, and Amie). Patty treasured being the traditional stay-at-home mom (much more common in those days), but when the steel industry collapsed, she joined the workforce again to help make ends meet. Patty had several jobs around the Pittsburgh area over the ensuing years and eventually came to work at The Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden, a job that was very special to her. She remained loyal to that job until health reasons forced her to retire in 2015.
Patty had a memory that was unflinching and always reliable - until Alzheimer’s disease slowly took that away from her. Her love was unconditional throughout. Patty loved her friends and family with all her heart and was loved as such in return. She always saw the best in us, even when we didn’t have our best on full display.
She accomplished that which so many of us strive for - to appreciate the common, simple pleasures of life to the utmost. In the end, various health issues ultimately brought this quiet story to a close while surrounded by her loving family. At this time, her family wishes to extend deep gratitude to all of the AHN Home Hospice workers who took such good, gentle care of Patty, and without whose loving support the family could not have made it through this journey.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023, from 2-8 PM in the Alvarez-Hahn Funeral Services and Cremation, LLC, Ambridge, 724-266-2549. A blessing service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at the funeral home. Burial will be private.