Peter J. Pavich Sr., 88, Hibbing, MN, formerly of Pengilly, MN, died Sunday, July 7, 2019 in the Guardian Angels Health Care Center, Hibbing. He was born Aug. 19, 1930 in Greenway Township near Coleraine, MN, the son of Mike and Anna Pavich. Peter served in the Army during the Korean War and married Ruth Bucklen in 1953. He had worked for the Sherman Mine in Chisholm, MN as an electrician. He also worked at the Coleraine High School and retired from Hibbing Electronics. Peter was very active in St. Kevin’s Catholic Church in Pengilly, besides serving on the parish council, he was also a lector, a eucharistic minister, and was part of the Cursillo Group and the Charismatic Movement. He was a 3rd Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and was a past Grand Knight. He was a member of the Grand Rapids DAV and the Marble/Calumet VFW. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and cooking.
He is survived by his wife Ruth, children: Susan Pavich of Hibbing, Julie (David) Kuusisto of Hibbing and Pete J. Pavich Jr. (Chris) of Prior Lake, MN, his grandchildren: Bethany and Rylee Kuusisto both of Hibbing and Kalyssa Schroeder of Prior Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Nick (Darlene), Jack (Dorothy), Virginia, Bob (Ruth) and Bill (Fran).
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Nashwauk, MN. The Rev. Fr. Joseph Sobolik will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Visitation will be at the church Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. with recitation of the rosary at 6:30. Visitation will continue on Friday from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing. Memorials may be made to the Hibbing Animal Rescue, 11215 Hwy 37 Hibbing, MN 55746, Hibbing MN 55746
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