Mary E. Pavelko, 97, of Milton, DE died on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at Bayhealth Kent General, Dover. Mary was born in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Bartos) Markus. Mary went to work for Western Union in California, where she met the love of her life, Tony Pavelko. Once they were married, she traveled extensively with her late husband, Tony during his 20-year naval career, and lived in Havertown, PA for many years before moving to Milton DE in 1989. She was a member of both the Milford and Milton Senior Centers and the Cheer Center in Georgetown where she participated in the Merry Makers and Cheerful Notes choral groups. She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Milford. She also served as a volunteer at the H. O. Brittingham Elementary School in Milton. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband and participated in many trips with the Milford Senior Center and the Adult Plus group in Georgetown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Anthony J. "Tony" Pavelko, Jr., her son Anthony J. Pavelko III, two brothers Joseph Markus, Jr. and John F. Markus, and three sisters Rose Zimmerman, Margaret Rose and Catherine Gowins.
She is survived by two sons Mark D. Pavelko and Carl C. Pavelko; three daughters Judith Marie Miller, Mary Jean Pavelko Snyder and Teresa Anne Grey; one brother, Charles Markus; as well as 4 grandchildren Zhanna Pavelko Snyder, Emma Grey, Daniel Grey, and Geoffrey Matthew Miller.
Services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Arr. by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford. Letters of condolence may be shared with the family at www.loflandandmcknatt.com. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Meals on Wheels, c/o Milton Cheer Center, 24855 Broadkill Road, Milton, DE 19968 or St John the Apostle Catholic Church, 506 Seabury Avenue, Milford, DE 19963.