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William "Bill" Pavelchik, 76, passed away July 17, 2017, at Cumberland House Hospice following a brief illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ruth. Bill was born Sept. 13, 1941, in Chicago, IL. While at Marquette University he met the love of his life, Ruth Hagerty. After graduation they married and raised their two children while living in Milwaukee, WI; Columbia, SC; Marietta, GA; Brentwood, TN; and Knoxville, TN. Bill and Ruth most recently enjoyed their retirement years in Fairfield Glade, TN.
In addition to Ruth, Bill is survived by two sons, John (Ginger) Pavelchik and Michael (Erin) Pavelchik, as well as grandchildren: Allison (Andy) Plaxco, Nichole Pavelchik, John Pavelchik Jr., Cecilia Pavelchik, Jacqueline Pavelchik, Josef Hobt, Aiden Hobt, Sydney Bateman and Heather Bamberg. He is also survived by a brother, Henry (Nancy) Pavelchik; brother-in-law, Paul (Nancy) Hagerty; and sister-in-law, Anne (Tom) Wamser, as well as other relatives and many friends.
While working as a high school teacher in Milwaukee, Bill earned a masters degree in urban planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. That led to a 30-year career with the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and his various relocations throughout the Southeast. Since his retirement from HUD, Bill took great enjoyment from his grandchildren. "Pop-pop," as they called him, was actively involved in their lives and he particularly appreciated the many weekends and vacations that they chose to visit and many special occasions they shared. Bill had volunteered for many years at the Crab Orchard Care Center with the weekly food distribution and the backpack program. He was also instrumental in bringing the St. Mary's Legacy Mobile Clinic to Crab Orchard. Bill enjoyed dancing, participating in classes at the Wellness Center, reading and keeping up with events in his community.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fairfield Glade on July 21, 2017, at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors at 9 a.m. until the start of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice of Cumberland County or the Crab Orchard Care Center would be greatly appreciated.
Published on July 17, 2017
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