June 30, 1941 - June 30, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for Patricia M. Kostreba, 74, of Pillager who passed away on June 30, 2015 on her 74th birthday. Rev. Blane Wasnie will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends and relatives may call one hour prior to services at the church.

Patricia M. Kostreba was born on June 30, 1941 in Urbank to Mathias and Marie (Revering) Suchy. She graduated high school from Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and attended business school in St. Cloud, MN. She married Leo C. Kostreba on June 23, 1962 at Sacred Heart Church in Urbank. During her working years she was employed by Snyder Drug Store as a clerk, North Junior High School as a secretary, and later by Coborn’s Corporation in the print shop.

Patricia was a loving wife, mother, and her favorite title of all, “Nana”. She was the center of the Kostreba family and was loved dearly. She provided a loving home for many children as a foster care provider for Stearns County for over 20 years. She enjoyed playing cards, tending to her flower gardens, hunting, fishing, and taking trips to the casino. She especially loved watching the Minnesota Twins play baseball. Patricia and Lee spent the winter months in central Texas. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends. She was generous to all those around her and had the ability to open her heart and home to all.

Survivors include her husband, Leo, Pillager; sons, Brian (Cindy) Kostreba of Rice; Kevin (Jackie) Kostreba of Round Rock, Texas; and daughter, Colette (Mark) Abraham of Sauk Rapids; brothers, Jerome (Donna) Suchy, Gerald (Susan) Suchy, James Suchy of St. Joe, Cedric (Susan) Suchy, Michael (Judy) Suchy; sisters, Fran and Rhonda Suchy; brother in law, Willy Nordlund and her beloved grandchildren, Kali, Lacey, Travis, Austin, Ashley and Amy.

She was preceded in death by parents Mathias and Marie Suchy, a brother Rev. Maurice Suchy, and sisters Joan Nordlund and Cecelia Suchy.