Frank Pawelski

Obituary of Frank R. Pawelski

Frank “Ray” Pawelski, 77, of Eynon, died Wednesday, December 8, at Regional Hospital of Scranton due to Covid complications. His wife, the love of his life for 54 years, is the former Joyce Smargiassi. Born in Peckville, he was the son of the late Chet and Helen Srebro Pawelski. Ray was a 1962 graduate of Dickson City High School. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, where he proudly served for 4 years. He worked at Farview State Hospital for over 30 years until retirement. He was preceded in death by his brother, Norm Pawelski. A Valley View Cougar football fan for decades, he never missed a game; both home or away, right up until his illness. Ray was an avid outdoorsman. His passions were hunting and fishing. He enjoyed taking his beagles out hunting for cottontail and snowshoe hare. He loved spending time on his boat fishing with his son Chet. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Fox and Coyote Hunters Association and enjoyed pursuing coyotes with his hounds. He was a deer and bear hunter as well and was known for making incredible shots. He also looked forward to picking mushrooms every fall. He would spend hours and hours in his garage, working on his fishing poles and watching his grandson shoot hoops, no matter how cold it was. He also loved tending to his backyard garden that he and his wife were devoted to. He was always giving bags of his vegetables to family and friends. He was the best guy to be around. The only thing he loved more than the outdoors was his family. Ray lived for his two grandchildren, Brooke Pawelski, and Colin Ray Dempsey. His favorite days were those when Brooke came to dinner at his house and told stories about her day. He was so proud that his love of hunting was carried out by his granddaughter. No matter the season or sport, he never missed a game or practice of Colin’s, who he lovingly called “Stosh”. Ray could always be found sitting in his truck, watching his grandson practice, day after day. He was and always will be Colin’s biggest fan. He was the best husband, dad, Dzia, and father-in-law anyone could hope for. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the ICU at Regional Hospital for their kind and compassionate care. Also surviving are his son Chet of Peckville, his daughter Terri of Philadelphia, his daughter Tracey Dempsey and husband Brian of Peckville, his sister-in-law Donna Smargiassi of Eynon, and his sister-in-law Delores Pawelski of Dickson City. The funeral will be on Monday with mass of Christian burial at 10 am at St. Mary’s Visitation Church, Dickson City. Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, Eynon. Friends and family are asked to go directly to church. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, Peckville. For directions or online condolences, visit www.margottafuneralhomes.com In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gino Merli Veterans Ceneter.
Monday
13
December

Church Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday, December 13, 2021
St. Mary's Visitation Church
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Dickson City, Pennsylvania, United States
Service
Monday
13
December

Interment

11:00 am - 11:20 am
Monday, December 13, 2021
St. Francis Cemetery
Pierce St.
Eynon, Pennsylvania, United States
Cemetery Service