Mike Pavlica

May 23, 1927March 21, 2013

Mike Pavlica, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, left this life, as he said, "to go home to Jesus" on March 21, 2013. He died in Colorado Springs after a three-week illness.

Mike, also known as "Mitch," was born to Michael and Mary (Murin) Pavlica on May 23, 1927 in Sugar City, CO. He had four older brothers and a younger sister, Rosemary, who survives. The family moved to Colorado Springs where Mike attended school, including Colorado Springs High School.

After working in a variety of jobs as a young man, Mike became a plumber, belonging to Local # 58 for over 50 years. He later became a plumbing and heating inspector for the Regional Building Department, retiring in 1989. He was a long-time member of the Elks Lodge 309.

Mike married Florence "Ki" Pavlica on May 21, 1949, and they had 46 wonderful years of marriage. He lovingly cared for Ki during her illness with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) until she passed away in September 1995. In addition to Ki and his parents, Mike's four older brothers (Alex, Roy, John, and Nick) predeceased him.

Mike is survived by his sons Charles (and wife Susan) of Colorado Springs and Stephen of Phoenix, AZ, and by his daughters Mary Sue Pitsko (and husband Dan) of Peachtree City, GA, and Lois Pavlica of Redondo Beach, CA. His six grandchildren. Kathy Grube, Michelle Barkley, Lisa Williams, Christine Zentmeyer, Daniel Pitsko III, and Michael Pavlica, loved their grandpa and he loved them. He was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, and cousins.

Shortly after Ki's passing, Mike became the proud owner of "Rusty," a classic car which he took great joy in restoring. He was a regular at garage sales and estate sales, where he always managed to find a good bargain or two. In his last years, Mike enjoyed the company of his lady friend Barbara.

Friends and family are invited to visitation at Swan Law Funeral Directors on Tuesday, March 26, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at Swan Law on Wednesday, March 27, at 10:00 a.m. Following burial at Evergreen Cemetery, a reception will be held in the hall at Ss. Constantine and Helen/Holy Theophany Orthodox Church.


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Leo Higgins

March 31, 2013

I miss you Mike and our "executive workouts" at Ballys Gym. Mike was a real gem of a man with a sparkeling wit to match. Go with God, and forever rest in peace my good friend.

Erin Boyce

March 27, 2013

You are all in my heartfelt thoughts...Love, Erin Boyce (of Bloom/Marron)

Rodney Kobilan

March 26, 2013

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

March 26, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

David and Linda Wenglikowski

March 26, 2013

Love you Uncle Mitch, Love to all my cousins and Aunt Rose. God Bless all of you. Lynde, Lexxie and Vyrna

MaryGrace Orff

March 26, 2013

Mary Sue,
So sorry for your loss. May you dad rest in eternal peace.

MaryGrace Orff
Corpus Christi School
Class of '69

Linda and Karen Shepard

March 25, 2013

Lois, We are sorry for your loss and pray for peace and healing for your entire family. Your dad had much to be proud of.

Lisa Ricciardelli

March 25, 2013

As you grieve know that we are remembering and honoring the memory of Mike Pavlica. To my Family, you are in my thoughts and in my prayers.



March 25, 2013

We are so sorry for your family's loss. Our prayers are with you all
Joe and Patty Burke

Joe and Joyce Mikita

March 25, 2013

We are so pleased that we were part of Mitch's 80th birthday celebration. We have such wonderful memories of that day and that is how we will always remember Mitch. May his memory be eternal.