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Date of Passing: Sep 06, 2021

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On Monday, September 6, 2021, the community lost the shining light that was Patricia Richtik. After suffering from Alzheimer's, most especially during the last two years, she seized the opportunity to leave her mortal body.
Patricia was born and raised in Winnipeg starting in 1934. Raised in an academic artsy family, she became an academic artsy person. Initially intending to become a ballerina, due to an injury early in her career, she had to settle for continuing to take classes for the next 30 years at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. This allowed her to devote more time to her singing which involved the church choir, the Philharmonic choir, the Manitoba Opera chorus and the Rainbow Stage chorus. Basically, any opportunity available to her.
On the academic side, she graduated from Normal School (Teachers' College) in 1955 and went on to teach at Windsor school, followed by a three-year program to get her BA degree from the United College. Her next academic adventure was teaching for one year in Newfoundland, after which she returned home to a teaching opportunity at Silver Heights High School for three years.
She married James Richtik in 1961 and started a family in 1966 by adopting her son Keith. Shortly thereafter she gave birth to Steven in 1967 and Katherine in 1969.
Patricia was an avid traveller and her first major overseas trip was taken with her whole family to New Zealand and Australia in 1973 for a sabbatical year. Patricia never lost her happy feet and subsequently visited all over the world including China, Japan, Turkey, Caribbean, UK and elsewhere. As she was a full-time mom, these were initially taken as summer family trips. Later in life, James and Patricia travelled more often. Patricia was always eager to make new friends and consequently her travels revolved around visiting friends and then making more new friends of course.
She was extremely well cared for by the staff at the West Park Manor Personal Care Home who provided a comfortable, warm and entertaining environment even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Patricia is survived by her husband James Richtik; her children, Steven Richtik, Katherine Richtik, Keith Richtik and daughter-in-law Michele Richtik; her brothers, Norman Leathers, Burton Leathers and sister Claire Ogden; her grandchildren, Taylor Richtik and Brooke Richtik.
A Celebration of Life for Patricia will be held indoors at the Glendale Golf and Country Club, 400 Augier Ave. on Monday, September 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Only fully vaccinated people may attend.
Flowers are gratefully declined, but donations may be made to any one of the following: University of Winnipeg, Doctors without Borders, Winnipeg Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra or the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

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Publish Date: Sep 18, 2021


On Monday, September 6, 2021, Patricia was released from her mortal bonds at West Park Manor Personal Care Home in Winnipeg at the age of 87.
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Publish Date: Sep 9, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 09, 2021, Sep 18, 2021

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Jim, we are sorry for your loss. Barney and I remember very fondly your many visits with us at our cottage at Victoria Beach. Numerous berry picking excursions and walks along the roads and paths, lively dinners and holiday celebrations in our Winnipeg home and yours, and listening to Pat’s many stories of her life experiences leave us with great memories of happy times. We had great pleasure in dog sitting your schnauzers for weeks at times while you were both away on world jaunts. The excitement your dogs displayed on your return was a testament to your care and love lavished on your pets. Pat’s last years were very difficult for all who know and love her. Jim, we know your memories of happy times with Pat — and there are so very many — will help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you and your family. - Posted by: Barney and Anne Bars (Friends) on: Sep 29, 2021

  • May Pat’s memory be a blessing. - Posted by: Nicholas Rice (Fiddler castmate) on: Sep 21, 2021

  • My deepest condolences on Pat's journey. I knew her through the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and Manitoba Opera Chorus. May she rest in peace. May her memory be eternal. - Posted by: Cathy Wach-Diecl (Manitoba Opera and Wpg. Philharmonic Choir) on: Sep 20, 2021

  • We knew Pat through the River Heights United Church choir where she shared her beautiful singing voice for many years. She was a lovely generous soul and a marvelous hostess. Our deepest sympathies Jim to you and your family. We are thinking of you. - Posted by: Derek Morphy and Martha Graham (friend) on: Sep 20, 2021

  • I performed with Pat at Rainbow Stage & Manitoba Opera in the Mid-80s to early 90s but also grew up one street over from the Richtik's in River Heights; attending to school with her kids and St. Andrew's River Heights Church with her and Jim more recently. She was a character both on and off the stage! I vividly remember her dancing up a storm at one of the the early Rainbow Stage "Talent Nights" in 1986. These cabarets would get underway around midnight toward the end the run of each production, in 1986 it was a successful run of the SOUND OF MUSIC in which she played a nun. She had no problem keeping up with the younger dancers and earned the vocal admiration of the one and only Jack Shapira who was very impressed with her moves! She was a total force to be reckoned with! I also remember her wonderful stage presence in featured roles in MY FAIR LADY & OLIVER! Also at Rainbow Stage! She was a font of historical knowledge of that institution! Grateful to have gotten to know her. - Posted by: Charles Crossin (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2021

  • We knew Pat through Jim and the Univ. of Winnipeg. They were always a very welcoming couple and very lively. She was so talented and full of life, Pat will be missed by all that knew her. Would have liked to share a photo when we visited Pat & Jim and their lil dog biting our very young daughter's white dress..and wouldn't let go. Don't remember Pat scolding her dog. - Posted by: Steve and Sue LaDochy (Friends of the family) on: Sep 18, 2021

  • Condolences to Jim and the family. I enjoyed singing with Pat at Westminster United Church, in the Philharmonic, and the Opera chorus. We had some fun trips with friends to the Metropolitan Opera in Minneapolis too. She was always lively, and kept an eye on what was happening. Warmest good wishes to all the family. - Posted by: Gerald R. Brown (Music friend) on: Sep 18, 2021

  • Keith, Michele, Taylor and Brooke, Our sincere condolences. We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this sad time. - Posted by: Josiphine and Frank Bedard (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2021

  • My condolences Jim. The journey through Alzheimer's is particularly trying. My wife has been on it for a number of years. May you know God's comfort in these and the days to come. - Posted by: Siegfried Wall (Colleagues at U of Winnipeg) on: Sep 18, 2021

  • Pat Leathers Richtik was my grade 10 home room teacher & history teacher in ‘61/‘62. Back then I was known as Marg Leslie. Mrs Richtik was strict but always fair. She even came to a year end class party hosted by a fellow student. A trained dancer, she was also the choreographer of many musicals performed at Silver Heights Collegiate under the direction of (later well known) music & English teacher, Barry Anderson. I recall very vividly how Mrs Leathers would often sit on the edge of the desk but would get off so gracefully & pirouette around to write on the board, her reversible skirt swirling as she moved. She always wore bright red lipstick. Pat’s father, Dr Victor Leathers, was my beloved French Professor, mentor & tutor throughout my years at United College. I came to know Pat better in later years through church at St Andrew’s R Hts United. I am saddened to learn of her recent passing. She will be missed! - Posted by: Maggie Carr (Former student) on: Sep 16, 2021

  • I knew Pat through her husband Jim at our flower arranging meetings. She had a passion for travel and was always looking forward to the next trip with eager enthusiasm. She always had her little Schnauzer with her .....usually on her lap and carefully attending to her every need....a very lucky dog indeed. - Posted by: Pat Roberts (Friend) on: Sep 13, 2021

  • I knew Patricia through her husband Jim, who is a member of our Charleswood Art group. She loved to bring her little dog along on visits to our club, and was always a cheerful person to speak to. She will be missed, but remembered for her smiling face and demeanor. - Posted by: Rosella Farmer (friend) on: Sep 13, 2021

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