Patricia Ann Lacko
Patricia Ann Lacko, 73
Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Patricia Ann Lacko, 73, died peacefully on September 20, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Castle Pines, Colorado. She was surrounded by her daughters Judi Lacko Zallaps and Jodi Dorris. Patti was born on September 28, 1942 in Steubenville, Ohio to the late Edgar Paul Griffin and Virginia Belle McCauley Griffin.
Patti graduated from Big Red High School where she was on the yearbook and newspaper staffs, pepper club and hi Y. Her yearbook described her in this way “she loves to dance, she loves to sing, she loves to do most anything!” In school Patti was described as always knowing the latest dances. She knew and was liked by everyone. Patti always had a very positive outlook stayed away from gossip, was wise and generous with her time and friendship.
Patti married Joseph Michael Lacko III on May 30, 1964 in Upland, California where they began their family. Wendy was born in February 1965 with identical twins Judi and Jodi following shortly thereafter in September 1966. As a result of their growing family, they moved back to Ohio to be closer to family. Their family continued to expand when Patti gave birth to Elizabeth Belle Lacko (deceased) in December 1973.
Due to her husband’s asthma, the family moved to Steamboat Springs, CO where Patti worked as a sales associate for many years at Beckett Drug and WalMart. Following her certification as a pharmacy technician, she worked in the pharmacy at Safeway for nine years prior to retiring.
Patti’s true joy in life were her children, grandchildren, playing cards and board games. Her children meant everything to her, she was fiercely devoted to them and supported them in their athletics, academics, careers and business ventures.
Patti was very well liked, warm, personable, easy to talk to, always had a smile and compliment and loved telling jokes. She had many lifelong friends that she kept in touch with until she passed.
She was known as a great poker player and spent many days and evenings playing games with family and friends. Patti also loved music and loved to sing and dance. She also was an avid football fan and thoroughly enjoyed watching the Denver Broncos and The Ohio State University Buckeyes.
Patti is survived by her sister, Judy (Babe) Woodward of Crown Point, Indiana; daughters, Wendy Lacko of Oak Creek, CO, Judi (Jeff) Zallaps of Castle Pines, CO, Jodi (Eric) Dorris of Steamboat Springs, CO; grandchildren Eliza Lacko and Malia Graham (Wendy), Jackson and Sophia Zallaps and Tate and Quinn Dorris; three nephews and one niece and a number of other relatives and close friends.
In her honor, her daughters invite you to a celebration of life at Olympian Hall in Steamboat Springs, CO on October 8th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and in Steubenville, Ohio on October 16th from 1:00-3:00 at Scaffidi’s Restaurant 350 S Hollywood Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to Wells Fargo Bank Box 77400, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.
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