Patty Szostak, formerly of Birchrunville, Pa., passed on early Friday morning, July 11, 2008, after a courageous journey with cancer. Patty was a gifted artist, writer and wood sculptor. She leaves behind her husband, Mike Szostak of Guilford, Vt., her mother, Jane Whelan (Porco), and her husband, Bill, of Annapolis, Md.; her mother-in-law, Julia Szostak of Westfield, Mass.; her brother, Steve Porco, and his wife, Carrie, of Annapolis, Md.; her stepchildren, Andrew Szostak, and his wife, Lisa, of Downers Grove, Ill., and Jennifer Heutz and her husband, Tim, of Lewiston, Maine; her three granddaughters, Julia, Abigail and Miranda; and her nephews, Johnathan, Steven and Michael. In addition, she leaves behind her many animal friends, including her beloved horses Stormy and Gabe, her kitties Freddie, Luther and Riley and her dog, Truman.

A memorial service will be held for Patty at the Guilford Community Church on Saturday, July 19, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following. Casual dress. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Guilford Community Church, Broad Brook Grange, the First Responder unit of the Guilford Fire Dept, Rescue Inc. or any animal protection organization.

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