Josephine Pavlico, 93, of Pittston, peacefully entered into the arms of the Lord, her savior on Tuesday evening, May 28, 2013, surrounded by her daughter, Joann and granddaughter, Melissa, at the Partridge-Tippett Nursing Facility in the Wesley Village Campus, Jenkins Twp., where Josephine had been a guest for the past year. She was the widow of Joseph Pavlico, who passed away June 6, 1985.
Born and raised in Pittston, she was a daughter of the late John and Stephanie Wrezneski Goretski. She was educated in local schools. Prior to retirement, she was employed by the Pittston Hospital, Pittston Apparel and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.
Josephine was unconditionally dedicated to those closest to her. A woman of devout faith and heart of her family, she shared her unwavering spirituality by her tireless Catholic example of good works and kindness to all. She imparted her wisdom and joy upon others and gave selflessly of herself to those she loved. She faced life’s obstacles with great resilience and enduring strength. Josephine was happiest when she was able to assist others and offer compassion, support and encouragement.
Her greatest passions included gardening, quilting, reading, playing bingo, attending mass and cooking. She was a true servant at heart and faithfully cared for family and friends through delicious cooking and baking from scratch. She is most well-known for her homemade, delicious, one of a kind cannolis, a recipe that she created. There simply was not a person that tasted her cannolis and did not find them to be the best around.
Josephine was truly an angel on earth to so many and will continue to be an angel in heaven protecting and watching over those she loved.
She was the longest living member of her family. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Lottie Ostrowski, Peggy Rikuta and Stella Waseleski; brothers, Eddie, Anthony, Bernie, Joseph and Johnny, and her beloved dogs, Buttons and Fluffy.
She is survived by her loving and faithful daughter, Joann Sulima and husband , Jerry of Jenkins Township, devoted and dearest granddaughter, Attorney Melissa Sulima of Jenkins Township; dear daughter, Elizabeth Masters and husband, Garry of Hunlock Creek and grandchildren, Steven Kazmierski of Wilkes-Barre and April Weaver and husband, Zac of Brookville; and dear son, James Pavlico and wife, Karen of Luzerne and grandchildren Tracy and Joseph, at home; three great-grandchildren, Haley Kazmierski, Ella and Hank Weaver; sister-in-law, Agnes Neff and husband, William of Pittston and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her daughter Joann and granddaughter Melissa would like to thank the nurses and staff of Wesley Village, Partridge-Tippet Nursing Facility, South Unit for the loving and outstanding care and endless compassion that they gave Josephine. Their presence in her life throughout the past year filled all her days with happiness, laughter and smiles.
Her passing is not marked by sadness for her but by peace for she has been reunited with the Lord. Her life is celebrated through the remembrance of and gratitude for the innumerable wonderful memories that exist. Her spirit will continue to shine light and provide guidance and immeasurable love for those closest to her.
The funeral will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 8:45AM from Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main Street, Pittston (Port Griffith), with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, William St., Pittston. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects Friday, from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Josephine's memory may be made to the Greater Pittston Food Pantry 37 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.