GARRETT — Patricia L. "Pat" Zakula, age 66, of Garrett, Indiana, died Friday morning, October 14, 2016 at her home surrounded by friends and family. Pat was born June 25, 1950 in Gary, Indiana, to Peter and Lorraine (Smyth) Zakula and they preceded her in death. She was the Executive Director at the Children First Center, Auburn, Indiana, for 36 years, retiring in 2015. She attended the Garrett Presbyterian Church. Pat is survived by her sister and brother in-law, Pamela R. and Tom Smith of Muncie, Indiana; nephew Tim and Melodie Smith and their children of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and many dear friends. A gathering of friends and family will take place from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Thomas Funeral Home, 1277 C.R. 56, Garrett, Indiana. A celebration of life memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, October 21, 2016 at Thomas Funeral Home with Rev. William Haworth officiating. Burial will take place in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary, Indiana. Memorials are to the Children First Center, The DeKalb County Humane Society or the donor's choice. You may send a condolence or sign the online register book by visiting www.thomasfuneralhome.org . Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett, Indiana.
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