Phillip Paul Pavlak, 92, Punxsutawney, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at home.
Mr. Pavlak was born April 27, 1918, in Brackenridge, the youngest son of Vincenty Pawlak (Krakow, Poland) and Rosalla (Wojick) Pawlak (Warsaw, Poland).
He was married to Verda Mae (Davis) Pavlak, who preceded him in death April 25, 1995.
He lived the majority of his life in Natrona and Natrona Heights.
Mr. Pavlak was employed at Allegheny Ludlum Steel for 46 years, except for time in the service of his country during World War II.
He was a decorated for bravery during the war. Being a very humble man, he never shared that knowledge with anyone, including his family.
Phil, as he was called, was a man of tremendous generosity, with a giving spirit and amiable personality, and fondly referred to as "The Mayor of Natrona."
Although a physically powerful man, his greatest strength was his kindness to others. He was well-known for his skills at pool, and loved and respected by those who knew him.
Mr. Pavlak was an avid supporter of improved working conditions, benefits and a decent wage. He participated in various labor strikes, gladly bearing the hardships to achieve those results for his family, his fellow workers and those workers who would follow.
An illness caused Mr. Pavlak to move to Punxsutawney about six years ago, where he resided with his son and daughter-in-law.
Surviving relatives include two sons, John Kenneth Earley and wife Eileen of Lima, Ohio, and Phillip Pavlak and wife Sandra of Punxsutawney; two daughters, Karen Jones of Cheswick, and Victoria Pavlak of Sunnyvale, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
He is already missed and will be remembered with kindness for the goodness he shared from his heart.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Lawrence Earley of Mansfield, Ohio; an infant great-granddaughter, Jennifer Lauren Jones; a much-loved son-in-law, Roy E. Jones; three brothers, Chester Pawlak of West Natrona, Frank Pawlak of Natrona Heights, and Henry Pawlak of Natrona; an infant sister, Violet Pawlak; and two sisters, Thelma (Fink) Pavlak of Natrona Heights and Jane (Teklinski) Pawlak of Cleveland, Ohio.
Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2011, at the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Inc., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, with a service to follow.
Mr. Pavlak will be buried beside his wife at 2 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.