The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

June 15, 2013

Joseph Pavlosky

PHOENIX, ARIZ. — PAVLOSKY – Joseph “Joe,” born Feb. 2, 1930, in Johns- town, was called home June 12, 2013. Survived by wife of 57 years, Patti (Balazik) Pavlosky. Also survived by son, Gregory (Teri), and daughters, Sharon Mitzell (Roark), Dianne Guidry (Jim) and Amy Winski (Brian). He was the proud grandfather “Pop-Pop” of Dannielle, Erin, Nicholas, Ryan, Alexandra and Brandon; and great-grandfather to Rachael, Dorian, Bela and Drestan. Also survived by siblings, Carl Pavlosky (Betty), Marie Shander, Elizabeth Dukery (Francis), Edward Pavlosky (Anna Mae) and Annamae Metrick (Tom); as well as his sister-in-law, Shirley Pavlosky. Preceded in death by brothers, Robert and Stephen Pavlosky. Joe joined the Navy in 1947 and served aboard the Destroyer USS Damato, where he was the chief baker. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Upon his completion of service in 1951, he returned to Johns- town, and in 1955, met his beloved wife, Patti. They married in 1956. Mr. Pavlosky, affectionately known as “Mr. P.,” opened his business, Deluxe Catering, in 1959. He was a successful caterer in the tri-state area for many years. As he expanded, he added donut shops and lunch wagons to his business. Deluxe Catering & Deluxe Donut Shops thrived until the devastating Johns- town Flood in 1977. Joe then became the food service director at Richland schools and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. In 1999, Joe retired, and he and Patti moved to Phoenix, Ariz. They became members and eucharistic ministers of Our Lady of the Valley. Joe also cooked for many of the parish events. He was an active member of the Men’s Club at OLV as well. Joe had been a member of Knights of Columbus for many years in Pennsylvania and renewed his membership in Arizona. He was a 4th Degree Knight for more than 40 years and a member of Sierra Padre Council. Recently, he was named “Knight of the Year.” He continued to cook and bake for all Knights of Columbus functions at St. Raphael’s church. Throughout the years, Joe also was a community servant and volunteered with Andre House, Reigning Grace Ranch and other charitable organizations with his grandchildren. Joe loved the people he worked with and met at church and was greatly loved in return. As a frequent daily Mass attendee, he especially enjoyed his morning coffee at McDonald’s with his “drinking buddies.” Joe was a loving husband, a wonderful father and a caring and loyal friend. He was a great man of faith – God and family always came first. Joe also loved his country and was so proud to have served. Our hearts are with you. Thank you for all of your guidance throughout the years and for being a wonderful example of integrity, unconditional love, friendship and entrepreneurial spirit. Daddy, we had a beautiful life and wanted for nothing because you supported us through your hard work and love in every way. Family will receive visitors from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria, Ariz., with rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 3220 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix. The family would like to thank everyone in the ICU at Paradise Valley Hospital, Sally and Richard Wagoner and all of our friends for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, Joe would want donations to be made to Andre House or St. Vincent de Paul.

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