John James Pavelec

John J. Pavelec, age 83, of Friendship, Wisconsin passed away Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Riverview Hospital in WI Rapids, Wisconsin.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale, Wisconsin.   Pastor Terri Skildum will officiate.  Interment with military honors, will be at the Cottonville Cemetery, Town of Preston, Adams County, Wisconsin.  Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the Church.

John was born November 28, 1938, in Adams County, Wisconsin to John and Bessie (Kuzelka) Pavelec. He graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in 1956. He served in the United States Navy from January 23, 1957, until he was honorably discharged on January 22, 1963.

John married Joyce Retzlaff on October 4, 1975, at Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church, they were married for 46 years.  He was hired at Nekoosa Edwards Paper in 1961 where he worked for 39 years before his retirement in 2000.

John loved to laugh and joke with everyone.  His favorite past times were reading, watching his kids & grandkids play sports, Friday night fish fry’s, Sunday brunch, watching the Brewers & Packers, debating politics, hunting, and camping. He served on the town board for over 20 years and was a member of Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church.

John was preceded in death by his parents John & Bessie Pavelec, brothers Charles (Betty) Pavelec, Frank Pavelec & Otto (Irene) Pavelec, brothers-in-law John Breene & Eugene Prine, and sister-in-law Marlene Pavelec.

Survivors include his wife Joyce, son Derek (Krista) Pavelec, daughter Amanda Pavelec, grandchildren Alyssa, Matthew & Raylee, brothers Adolf & Joe (Nyla) Pavelec, sisters Milada Prine, Sylvia Breene & Kathy (Ralph) Weber, sister-in-law Goldie Pavelec, and many nieces & nephews.

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  1. Shawna Gruber says:

    So sorry for you loss

  2. Sheldon and Donna Sundsmo says:

    So sorry for your loss

  3. Ed Heideman says:

    I am sorry for your loss Joyce and family. He will be truly be missed by many.

  4. Patricia M Schiefer says:

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing away. I will miss him,coming into Family Affair Resturant to eat on Sundays after church. May he rest in peace with our lord.Who takes care of all his good people. Joyce take good care of yourself. Your friend. Patty

  5. Lloyd Waller says:

    My sincere condolences to all of John’s family.

  6. Ken/Linda Koehn says:

    Rest in Peace John, Thanks for the memories !

  7. Nick & Debbi Segina says:

    We are so sorry. You are in our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace.

  8. Larry and Becky Oleson says:

    John was for sure one of a kind. As others have mentioned he was a great conversationalist!! Pre-Church will not be the same without his wit and humor which came naturally. He will not be forgotten.
    Our prayers are with ALL of you.

  9. Rick and Susan Searing says:

    We enjoyed John’s friendship and humor. We always looked forward to seeing John and his family at church. He will be missed by many.

  10. Judy Allen says:

    So sorry for your loss, hope you can find comfort in your memories.

  11. Bobbie Thierfelder says:

    Sorry Joyce and family, a good life lived. I know he loved his grandchildren and they will miss him, happy thoughts tho. He is in your heart.

  12. Roxanne and Craig Irey says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. I will miss talking with John every Sunday before church and him brining me all those great magazines.

  13. Curtie and Michelle Pollex says:

    Joyce, Derek, Amanda & family~I am so sorry for y’all’s loss. Sending love, hugs and lots of prayers of comfort!! 🙏❤️🙏✝️😇

  14. Sue Roeder says:

    Joyce and family I am so sorry for your loss. I have know him for a long time. Prayers to all

  15. Barb & Marv Bennett says:

    Joyce and family, I was so surprized to see John had passed. I’m sending prayers and sympathy. He will truely be missed by so many.Especially his friendliness, and his dedication to church .

  16. Karen Murphy (Rank) says:

    Joyce and family
    I am so sorry for your loss, have a lot of great memories snowmobiling with both of you. John will be deeply missed. He was always so much fun!!

  17. Becky Pease says:

    Prayers for you all! Always loved seeing him at church! He was the BEST greeter! My sympathies. God bless

  18. Becky Pease says:

    Prayers for you all! Always loved seeing him at church! He was the BEST greeter! My sympathies. God bless

  19. Sally Dummitt says:

    Joyce & family: I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  20. Sue Moran says:

    So sorry for your loss. We’ll all miss his visits at the library. RIP John.

  21. Jodi M Helgeson says:

    Joyce and family – John was such a gem – fun, interesting, helpful. I appreciated all of the times he would just stop by the office to say “hi” as well as his dedication to all of you and the community. A life well lived. My prayers are with you all.

  22. Dawn Koran & family says:

    He will truly be missed. Joyce and family I’m so sorry for your loss. You all will be in my prayers

  23. Judy (Petruska) and Bob Linzmeier says:

    Joyce and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. John was a good guy and we are sorry for your loss.

  24. Brenda and Joe Pietrowski says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace, comfort and strength for all.

  25. Judy Alderman says:

    Joyce and family so sorry for your family’s loss

  26. Richard and Rita zietlow says:

    Joyce, sorry to here of Johns passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  27. Bob & Kathleen Challoner says:

    So sorry for your loss Joyce and family. Also enjoyed talking to John when we would see him out somewhere. Keeping your family in our prayers.

  28. Pastor Terri says:

    I’m going to miss him and his weekly office visits.

  29. Karen (Hartwig) Rathke and Don says:

    John had such a marvelous sense of humor. He will be missed by many of his friends. Take care and God Bless. Don and Karen Rathke

  30. Kari & Mike Banovec says:

    Your entire family is in our prayers during this time of loss. John was a wonderful person & myself and my entire family loved visiting with him especially at church!

  31. Shirley DeNure says:

    Sorry to hear of John’s passing you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers 💞🙏

  32. Evelyn & Larry Johnston says:

    Joyce & Families, oh Joyce, I am so sorry, for the loss of John.. I so enjoyed talking & laughing with John. When we camped at Petenwell, Larry & I was always happy to see John & you & kids, & grandkids, out walking.
    Praying, for the Lord’s Peace and His Comfort.

  33. Lynn & Rob Dehmlow says:

    Joyce, Derek, Amanda and families,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed talking with John. His smile, laughter, and kindness always brightened my day when I would run into him. (Mom always enjoyed working with him as well.) He will be missed! Cherish the memories and know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  34. Judith Bieri says:

    Always enjoyed talking to John at the library, town meetings and all the other places we would run into each other. He was a great fellow and is at peace now. Blessing to Joyce and remember all the good times.

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