Patricia Jean Kalanish

Passed away on
January 27, 2022

Patricia “Patty” Jean Kalanish

August 19, 1954- January 27, 2022

Born of humble beginnings to Edward and Margaret Shogan on August 19, 1954 in Swissvale, PA, Patty was the baby girl of the family who lost her father at the young age of 5 years old. Her mother Margaret, raised their 7 children on her own. She depended on her family, life-long friends and neighbors in her younger years who became family along the way. Patty was an excellent student at Swissvale High School.

In October 1976, she married George Kalanish of Wilkinsburg, PA. During their 45 years of marriage, they not only shared their anniversary together, but they shared the same birth date as well. Together they experienced pride and joy in raising their 3 amazing children and 3 incredible grandchildren while together making a lifetime of memories along the way.

She established her own Ceramic Studio in Wilkinsburg, PA. where she spent her evenings teaching ceramic and art classes. Among many other things, she was an amazing gardener, quilter, painter, sculptor, cook and pasta sauce expert.

Patty had an incredible work ethic, and always enjoyed staying busy. She would spend countless hours between bookkeeping and Real Estate. Patty was awarded top Million Dollar Listing Agent for Howard Hanna and Century 21 as she developed expertise in land, lot and home sales for many years.

In 2001, along with friends and family, George and Patty broke ground on their dream cabin surrounded by the woods in Somerset, PA. Intended to be a cabin for hunting and fishing, it soon turned into a bigger home to welcome friends and a growing family. In 2006, George and Patty made the decision to split time between Pennsylvania and Arizona to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

As a kind, funny and compassionate friend, she was up for an adventure at a moment’s notice. Patty loved the thrill of traveling, sky diving and being out in nature. She became a second mom to all of her children’s friends by offering encouragement, advice and a listening ear to anyone that needed it.

Patty was an extremely private person when it came to her health and many did not know of her Lung Cancer diagnosis in the fall of 2016. Strengthened by her Catholic faith and devotion to Mother Mary, she fought cancer with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. As the cancer became more aggressive, Patty battled for her life until she was called home to the Father, on Thursday, January 27, 2022. She died peacefully surrounded by her husband George, son Aaron and daughter Michelle.  

Patty is survived by her beloved son, Aaron (Myriam) Kalanish of AZ, loving daughter Michelle (Jaret) Johnson of AZ; 3 grandchildren, Dominic, Isabelle and Sienna Kalanish of AZ; her brother George Shogan (Karen) of DE, sisters Nancy Zerjav of PA, Kathryn (Robert) Vrabel of PA, and Annette Shogan of PA. She is further survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and lifelong friends. Patty is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Margaret Shogan; beloved son George (Georgie) Kalanish and sisters Margaret (Robert) Putzlocker and Marion (Bill) Askey.

Patty will be sincerely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing her.

There will be a Memorial Mass for Patty, on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 10am MST/ 12 Noon EST at Corpus Christi Catholic Church 3550 East Knox Road, Phoenix, AZ 85044

We will be offering a live stream of the Memorial Mass for those who wish to join virtually. To access the livestream please go to the Corpus Christi website at and click on the “YouTube” button on the top right corner of the page.

Casual reception to follow at the home of Aaron and Myriam Kalanish at 11:30am-2:30pm

13021 S. 37th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85044

Light food and beverages will be offered for those who are able to attend.  

Please share any photos that you may have of Patty on her Facebook page.

We have also setup a Tribute Page and it will only take a minute to create and upload a short tribute video

Any questions you may have, please reach out to Michelle Johnson