Raymond J. Pavlovcic, 86, of Elyria Township, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Oak Hills Nursing Home, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born February 26, 1927 in Lorain, and had lived there until moving to Elyria Township in 1951. He graduated from Lorain High School class of 1945-B. Mr. Pavlovcic retired in 1985 from U.S. Steel, where he had worked for 40 years. He was a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish Church, Lorain.
Raymond was a member of the former Saints Cyril and Methodius Slovenian Catholic Church, Lorain, where he was an Altar Server and was awarded Holy Name Man of the Year, and recognized for being a member of the Holy Name for over 50 years. Ray was proud of his Slovenian heritage and worked tirelessly for the Lorain Slovenian Home. He was honored as Man of the Year by KSKJ Lodge, where he was a member, and also honored by the Federation of Slovenian National Homes in 1992.
He was a member of the United Steel Workers Local 1104, Lorain. Ray was athletic, he played for Fatties fast pitch softball team, enjoyed bowling, and golf. He also enjoyed dancing and playing his button box to Slovenian Polkas.
He will be missed by his brother, Frank (Frances) Pavlovcic of Lorain; nephews, Frank Pavlovcic of Lorain, and George (Fran) Pavlovcic of Avon; niece, Kathy (Al) Szarek of Lorain; and great grand nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lenora (nee Prill) Pavlovcic in March 2005; parents, Frank and Mary (nee Kosten) Pavlovcic; brother, Carl Pavlovcic; and a nephew, Carl Pavlovcic.
His family will receive friends Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 2 to 6 P.M., in Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st St., South Lorain, where closing prayers will be Monday, March 11, 2013, at 10 A.M., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. in St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish Church, 2143 Homewood Dr. (at Grove Ave. Rt. 57). Reverend Father John C. Retar, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish Church, 2143 Homewood Dr., Lorain, OH 44055.