Barbara Patz had an incredible work ethic and was proud of the work she did, her children said.
“She truly enjoyed the camaraderie she had with her fellow employees,” said her son, Rob Arnold. “Until the day she died, she enjoyed working.
Her daughter, Christine Lee, agreed.
“She was loved by all that she worked with, and will be greatly missed at the Costco door greeting her guests,” she said.
Barbara Patz, 78, of Valparaiso and formerly of Portage, died June 9. She had been a dietician at St. Anthony Medical Center, Crown Point, and had been a customer service rep at Costco in Merrillville.
Friends and family remember her as an amazing hostess who was always willing to listen and to help.
She was known as “Grandma Candy” to many because she always brought candy to her grandchildren, Lee said.
She was amazing cook and took great pride in hosting big family events, Lee said.
She could make anything from lasagna and ravioli to egg noodles. She made her Italian and Polish sausage from scratch, her daughter said.
She was an excellent baker and cake decorator and even made several wedding cakes for family members.
Patz had a way of making people feel loved and important, but was always willing to “tell it like it is.”
“Mom was a strong woman and very forthcoming with her opinions,” Lee said. “She had a true love for her family and home. She would bend the ear of everyone about the virtues of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”