Neill Funeral Home

3401 Market Street, Camp Hill, PA


Martin T. Pavelic Jr.

March 14, 1950July 15, 2020

Martin T. Pavelic, Jr., 70, of Camp Hill, peacefully passed away July 15, 2020 at the Phoebe-Berks Health Care Center.

He was born March 14, 1950 in Harrisburg, son of the late Helen (Kerns) and Martin Pavelic, Sr.

He was a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania and proud inductee to the WCU Football Hall of Fame.

Prior to retirement, he was the Director of Health and Physical Education at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, PA.

He enjoyed working out at the Harrisburg Area YMCA, cycling, Friday night “crab parties” with friends, telling stories about the days of Salesianum, and vacationing at the Delaware beaches. Known as “Mr. Safety”, he always made sure people wore their helmets, seatbelts, and looked both ways before crossing the street. He truly cared, and wanted everybody to be safe. He also loved teaching and coaching at McDevitt. After retirement, running into and keeping in contact with former students always brightened his day. Above all, he loved spending time with family, his children and grandchildren.

Survived by his wife of 43 years Nancy (Cramer) Pavelic, of Camp Hill, sons, Martin T. Pavelic III (Julie) and Michael Pavelic (Katie), Grandchildren, Roman, Camila, Wyatt, and Martin T. Pavelic IV, Sisters Stephanie, Leila and Brother Peter.

Funeral service will be private at the conveniences of the family. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to West Chester University Foundation, in memory of Martin T. Pavelic Jr.. Please make checks payable to WCU Foundation, Memo: In Memory of Martin T. Pavelic Jr, and mail to 202 Carter Drive, West Chester, PA 19382. A scholarship will be set up in his name.


  • Nancy (Cramer) Pavelic, Spouse
  • Martin T. Pavelic III (Julie Pavelic), Son
  • Michael Pvelic (Katie Pavelic), Son
  • Stephanie, Sister
  • Lelia, Sister
  • Peter, Brother
  • grandchildren: Roman, Camila Wyatt, and Martin Pavelic IV.

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  • West Chester University Foundation


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William Dickert

July 24, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Marty’s passing. Having been married for over forty years with Paula I can imagine what the void in my life would be without her. But that feeling pales in comparison to the person actually living through a deep sadness like this. My hope is that you can find comfort and support from your sons and grandchildren and from friends. Our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow!

Paula and Bill

peter murray

July 22, 2020

Marty was one of the most genuine guys you could ever meet. He was always very straight laced and would look you right in the eyes whenever speaking. Michael and Marty introduced my son and I to Cape Henlopen about 25 years ago and ever since then its been my vacation paradise of choice. Because of that we've probably had fifty or more(counting my family members) camping enthusiast that have grown to love the experience.
Nancy and family my sincerest condolences to you all during this difficult time.

Mark Bergdale

July 21, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to Marty's family and friends. I taught with Marty at McDevitt for two years and was assistant wrestling coach for him as well.
I always remember Marty's hearty chuckle and his passion about his wrestling teams.
May he rest in peace.

Mike Langan

July 21, 2020

Martin was such a happy and positive person to be around and I always admired his enthusiasm. I am so sorry for the families loss.

Mike Langan

Brad Maxwell

July 20, 2020

Nancy: So sorry for your families loss. Marty was one of a kind and will be missed. Have many great memories of him. Sincerest condolences.

Mary Kienle

July 20, 2020

Dear Nancy and Family,

I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’ll never forget Marty as Joe’s best friend. I so looked up to all the guys in their group as I was growing up and loved when they were around! Marty felt like a second older brother to me.

My since condolences,
Mary Kienle Sklar

Steve DeFilippo

July 20, 2020

I always enjoyed his classes at McDevitt. I wear my seatbelt religiously because of him and it has saved me on several occasions.

My favorite saying of his was:

"Son....3 things can happen when you pass the football, 2 of 'em are bad.

RIP Coach

Carol Barstow

July 20, 2020

Nancy and Family,
I was so sorry to read of Marty's passing. I have many fond memories of living next door to you and watching the boys grow up. May your many special memories of your life together be a source of comfort and peace to you all.
With sincere condolences,
Carol Barstow

Jason Stone

July 18, 2020

Condolences from the stone family. Ive known Mr Pavelic since i was a little kid through a childhood friendship with his son Mike. My family always liked and respected Mr Pavelic and appreciated his kindness for the many years we knew him. Rest in peace sir.


July 18, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Heaven has gained a Wonderful Angel, I will always treasure the Beautiful Memories with you and your Beautiful family at the beach. I have my monogram crab knife that you were so kind to include me with your family during the Fabulous Crab Feast....You were such a Wonderful guy and Will be missed by many....
Rest In Peace....Many Blessings, Denise 😢🙏🏻


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