Art lovers throughout the world cherish the photographs and paintings of Patricia Izzo-Kulczycki, but perhaps nowhere was she more appreciated than in her own backyard.

Surrounded by family members, Izzo-Kulczycki died Feb. 12, 2021, after battling a 15-month illness. She was 72.

The owner of Patricia Izzo Fine Art Photography Studio/Gallery, she was regarded as a pillar in the Wyandotte and Downriver arts communities.

Born on Sept. 22, 1948, in Detroit, her family moved to Southgate when she was still a child. She graduated from Schafer High School and then went on to earn her bachelor of fine arts degree and masters of arts degree from Northern Michigan University in painting and photography.

Her husband, Stan Kulczycki, recalls that he met the love of his life at a party his brother threw in 1979. The couple married on Jan. 7, 1983, and moved to Wyandotte.

Outside of her career in

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