Patricia (Pati) A. Zorko, 52, of Havre died of cancer-related complications Friday, April 21, 2006, at Northern Montana Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church Thursday at 5 p.m. with Pastor Brad Ulgenes and Michael O'Hearn officiating. Scattering of the ashes will follow at a later date.
Pati was born on April 3, 1954, on the Feamcom Air Base in Tachikawa, Japan, to Benjamin and Dorothy Roberts. She grew up in Arizona and southern California. She graduated from high school in Florence, Ariz., in 1972.
On Aug. 30, 1986, she was married to Jerome F. Zorko at an outdoor ceremony in the Bear Paw Mountains; included in the ceremony was her daughter from a previous marriage, Vanessa A. Driveness. Her second child, AnJeanette E. Zorko, was born in 1990.
Pati graduated from Northern Montana College in 1993 with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. She taught at East End Hutterite colony, and then at Rocky Boy before entering the Havre Public School system as a librarian. She taught library and research skills at all the elementary schools and the high school before retiring in December 2001.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church. She was active in Relay for Life as part of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She enjoyed gardening, scrapbooking, beading and jewelry making, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and multitude of pets - especially her “boy,” Tim.
She was preceded in death by both her father and mother.
Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Jerry of Havre; daughters, Vanessa of Tacoma, Wash., and Annie of Havre; siblings, Lara Hartley of Barstow, Calif., Fran Roberts-Stehlin (Jake) of Topanga, Calif., and Bill Roberts of Tucson, Ariz.
Memorials in Pati's honor can be made to First Lutheran Church, Havre-Hill County Public Library or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: The Komen Foundation, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.
Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.