Patricia “Pat” Ann Unger (Krachinski), 1947– 2018

Patricia “Pat” Ann Unger (Krachinski), 71, gained admission into life’s after party at 1 a.m. Dec. 26, 2018, after a brief illness.

Her determined spirit came as no surprise to any of her family who remain behind to keep her memory shining bright: John “Jack” Krachinski (ex-husband) and Jason Krachinski (son) of Michigan City, IN; Johnna Krachinski-Artley (daughter) and Amelia and Jack Artley (grandchildren) of Camp Hill, PA; Rebecca “Becky” L. and Bob Werner (sister, brother-in-law) of Union Mills, IN; William “Bill” Unger Jr. (brother) of LaPorte, IN; and Robert “Bob” G. and Pearl Unger (brother, sister-in-law) of Mooresville, IN.

Pat was born to William Unger Sr. and Billie (Ott) Unger in LaPorte, IN, where she spent her childhood and later attended LaPorte High School. After graduation, she married and had two children. Having a love for children, Pat became Mother of Superior Street to the neighborhood kids in Michigan City, IN, where she was known for providing her home as the favorite meeting place, a hideout and cookie factory (infamous for her buckeyes and Christmas cookies). Her super powers went beyond the kitchen when she’d be called upon to create award-winning Halloween costumes. When she needed to unwind, she often spent time with her friends cross-country skiing and golfing. Pat’s feisty spirit invigorated any occasion. Gregarious, fun-loving and quick with a laugh, Pat’s smile lit up the room as she entertained neighbors, nieces and nephews, friends and family. She never met a stranger and loved having a good time over a soda or beer.

A luncheon to toast Pat is scheduled: All are invited to share in the celebration of Pat’s life on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the VFW (Post 1130) in LaPorte, IN, located at 181 McClung Rd. (46350).

Flowers may be sent to the VFW the morning of the lunch celebration. Alternatively, financial donations in her honor to a charity favoring her love for animals, Michiana Humane Society in Michigan City (, would be most welcomed. Please come with stories of joy and laughter about Pat that would make her smile.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP.

7 Responses to “Patricia “Pat” Ann Unger (Krachinski), 1947– 2018”

  1. Mary Hiigli

    Jan 19. 2019

    I’m very sorry for your families loss Bob and Becky.

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  2. Dan Wegiel

    Jan 19. 2019

    So sorry to hear that she has passed. A childhood friend of her entire family but lost touch over the years until we became friends once again on FB. May she rest in peace.
    Danny Wegiel

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  3. Rita Hess

    Jan 20. 2019

    Pat was a classmate f mine, and I always enjoyed being around her. She was smart, funny, and a lovely person. She was always smiling and kind. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.

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  4. Barbara Ladewski

    Jan 23. 2019

    Bill, sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. Thinking of you and the family. I know she will be greatly missed. God bless all of you.

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  5. Glenna Ott

    Jan 26. 2019

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Pat. I smile as I remember the many Christmas times we shared many years ago. My sympathy to the entire family.

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  6. Zane Wade

    Jan 30. 2019

    Sorry to hear of Pat passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May she rest in peace.

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  7. Daryl Oran

    Feb 12. 2019

    I can still see her walking down the halls of LPHS (a ’66 CHICK) A distinctive walk…as if to be skating and always with a pleasant smile…We are always so sad to see our fellow classmates and beloved friends, “promoted” to the next party. The good news, is that we will see you AGAIN someday.

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