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Mary "Pat" Patricia Baic, 80, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Munson Hospice House with her loving family by her side following a brief two-month battle with cancer.
Pat was born on June 2, 1936 in Crandon, Wisconsin, to the late Chester Francis "Hap" and Viola "Vi" (Gabel) O'Brien. She met the love of her life, Vojin Baic, at the Milwaukee Light Opera Company. The couple were married on Nov. 24, 1956 in Milwaukee, and together they raised five wonderful children.
Pat briefly pursued a nursing education following high school and before her marriage to Vojin. She cherished and embraced her role as a proud and dedicated wife and mother and loved supporting all of her family in a wide array of activities and interests. Pat was also an active participant as well in various sports, especially enjoying tennis, volleyball, skiing and hiking, often with family members. Pat and Vojin fell in love with the Grand Traverse area during several trips up north and in 1966 moved from Grand Rapids to their Sixth Street home in Traverse City.
Pat enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends and was particularly enthusiastic about serving the ethnic Serbian recipes she proudly learned from her mother-in-law, Sofija. Her Serbian crepes (palacinki), fresh from the pan, were a special treat consumed and appreciated by family and guests. Her Sunday pancakes were plentiful and popular, too. The Baic home was always a welcoming environment and playground for the Central neighborhood kids.
When the older children started college she went to work in the corporate accounting office at Munson Medical Center and retired in 2006. After her retirement she was a regular volunteer at Munson right up until January of this year.
Pat greatly enjoyed traveling and had the opportunity on several occasions to visit different countries in Europe with Vojin.
Throughout her life, Pat deeply appreciated and engaged herself in many art forms. She liked to sing and played the piano, especially in her younger years. Sharing her drawings, paintings and other artwork with family, friends, neighbors and even casual acquaintances gave her great joy. Her artwork, often whimsical, reflected her welcomed interactions with dogs, cats, birds and almost any animal. With so many interests, Pat still found time to enjoy hundreds of books and in her earlier years loved to trek to the old Traverse Area District Library with her children. Pat continued to share her passion for the arts, cooking, books and appreciation of sports with her grandchildren and great-grandchild and especially enjoyed following their activities.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Pat was also a great friend to many. She was a wonderful woman and she will be deeply missed.
Surviving Pat are her loving husband of over 60 years; children, Ivanka (Steve) Berkshire, of Traverse City, Milan (Carrie) Baic, of Williamsburg, Nickola (Anne) Baic, of Boyne City, Maria Weist, of York Haven, Pennsylvania, and Annie (Darrell) Pifer, of Portage; grandchildren, Erica (John) O'Hearn, Lindsay (Taylor) Ball, Brendan Baic, Nickolas and Ben Weist, Jennifer and Katie Pifer; great-grandchildren, Traverse O'Hearn and one on the way, Finnley O'Hearn; and many other loving family members and friends.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; mother-in-law, Sofija Baic; siblings, Nikola Baic and Olga Champt; grandson, Christopher Paul Baic; and great-grandson, Christopher Milan O'Hearn.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., with a 4 p.m. rosary recitation, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Friday, June 2, at 11 a.m. Fr. Anthony Citro will serve as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Munson Hospice House or The Traverse Area District Library.
Kindly share thoughts and memories with Pat's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com .
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
Published on May 28, 2017
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