Anna Mae Pavlic 88 of Bentleyville, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday March 31, 2023 at McMurray Hills Manor. Born in Somerset Twp. on July 4, 1934, a daughter of Joseph and Violet Vukotich Rozich.
Ann was a graduate of Ellsworth High School Class of 1952. After graduation she moved to Oakland where she worked at the National Office of the Croatian Fraternal Union of America as the secretary to the English editor of their newspaper the Zajednicar.
In 1955 on Croatian Day at Kennywood, she met the love of her life, Leonard M. Pavlic and were married October 20, 1956. In 1963 they moved to Bentleyville and opened the Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Home and in 1977 they purchased the Francis C. Slezak Funeral Home in Charleroi and incorporated into Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Homes, Inc.. In 1988 after the death of her husband she continued to manage the funeral homes with their daughter JoAnn Pavlic and later on with their grandson Marc J. Zmijowski joining the firm. In February of 2014 her daughter JoAnn purchased the Melenzyer-DuBarr Funeral Homes in Roscoe and Charleroi and she continued to work until her retirement at the end of 2014.
Ann was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish Bentleyville and the Catholic Daughters of America. She was a life long member of the Croatian Fraternal Union of America and St. George Lodge #354 Cokeburg where she was a member of the first Kolo group that later became the St. George Junior Tamburitzans. Ann enjoyed traveling to many places such as Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Disney World. Every summer for over 25 years you would find her for a week or more at Ocean City, MD with her family. Ann loved to cook and bake, especially her “ugly” chocolate peanut butter cookies that everyone loved, especially her grandchildren and their friends.
She is survived by her 2 daughters; JoAnn Pavlic (Joseph Zmijowski, Charleroi) of Roscoe and Dr. Lynn Pavlic and husband Andrew Frank of Carroll Twp., her loving 3 grandchildren; Marc Joseph (Kylie) Zmijowski of Washington, Alexis Ann (Ryan) Lemerich of Charleroi and Amanda Jo Frank and fiance Josh Melhorn of Meadowlands, a great- granddaughter Monroe James Zmijowski, her “adopted” grandson Timothy Paterra of Mt. Lebanon, a sister Patricia (Fritz) Madera of Brookpark, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard M. Pavlic in March of 1988, a sister Mildred Marinkovich and nephew Randy Madera.
Ann’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at McMurray Hills Manor for their kindness and care of their mother.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday April 5 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. 1008 Furlong Ave, Roscoe where a Blessing Service will be held at 10:30am on Thursday April 6 with Rev. Kevin Dominik presiding. Entombment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery Carroll Twp.. The Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Homes, Inc. are in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in her name to the CFU Stephen Pavlic Scholarship Fund c/o CFU 100 Delaney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 or St. Joseph’s Indian School PO Box 300, Chamberlain, SD 57325