Patricia Marion Twardzik nee Schafer was born in Regina on January 4th, 1945. She was welcomed into the family of Frank and Grace Schafer as their long-awaited only child. Growing up in the building of her Father’s snooker parlour and barber shop, Pat attended school in Rocanville until completion of Grade 12. Pat was very proud of the bonds with her extended Godwin family, and was the youngest of numerous cousins. She was a gifted scholar and throughout her life she was keen to debate topics on every subject, from current events and politics to history and literature. Pat enjoyed spending time at her cousins’ cabins at Round Lake in her youth, and it remained a place that she would later take her children to in the summers. The Schafer family were regular members of the St. Thomas congregation, where Pat learned to love music and play the piano.
As a young woman, Pat had an impeccable sense of style and grace. It was that presence which attracted the attention of a young man at a dance one day. His name was Lawrence Twardzik.
Pat married the love of her life on September 29th of 1962. She and Lawrence moved to a farm that he had been renting four miles south of Gerald. In that old stone house they built a family and a farm for the next 49 years. Although they started with very little and faced many challenges of health and hardship over the years, including the loss of a child, they remained devoted to each other and their family. Pat was very proud of the life they had built together, both the business and their five surviving children. She was never happier than when surrounded by her family.
Like most farm women, Pat learned to be what was needed at the time. She was one part book keeper, two parts chef, one part seamstress, and another part machine operator.
It didn’t seem to matter if she was cooking for two or twenty, Pat had a way of getting everything to the table without ever appearing hurried.
After losing Lawrence to cancer suddenly in 2012, Pat retired. After a few winters on the farm she decided to return to where she began in Rocanville and moved to town. She remained there until her passing.
She is pre-deceased by her parents, Frank and Grace Schafer, her husband Lawrence Twardzik, and her infant son Lawrence Jr.
Left to mourn her are her children Kerry, Coral Bleau, Craig, Laura (Colin) McInnes, and Brian (Kelly). She will also be missed by her Grandchildren Aurielle, Monty (Sam), Chelsea (Patrick), Cybil, Sloane, Marion, Renee, Peter, Natalie, Keegan, Karden, and Kyra, and her Great Grand children Dallas, Felicia, Elliott, and Jasper.
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