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On Saturday, February 29, 2020, age 93 of Windgap - Formerly of McKees Rocks. He was the devoted husband to the late Theresa (Pazzula); son of the late John and Helen (Klacic); brother of the late John Jr., and George (Foo); Dad to Michael, Jr. (Patty), and Janet Arnold; Dedo to Tara (Steve) Fox, Bob (Kristen) Arnold, Jodie (Fiancee Chad) Pavlovich, and Kristen (Vince) Battaglia; Great-Dedo to Sadie Arnold-Fox, Joey Arnold, Dominic Battaglia and Gianni "Gino" Battaglia. He is also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends.
Always with a smile, a song and a joke, Mitch loved life, family and friends and was always the life of the party. "I love the life I lead, I lead the life I love" was his motto. A very proud Navy Veteran serving in the Pacific in WWII, lifetime member of VFW Post 418, and American Legion Post 618.
He was deeply involve with the Windgap Senior Center, Windgap Civic Club, Orioles A.C. and the Kennedy Township Horseshoe Club, and served 50 years as Democratic Committeeman. Mitch was loved by all who met him, and a member of the Greatest Generation, he will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mitch's name to the VA.
Family and friends may visit THURSDAY, 5-8 PM, at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Twp., where a service will be offered Friday at 10:00 AM, followed by burial at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Last of A Great Generation!!!! A super guy who loved life and sharing a laugh. Truly loved his warm personality and having him as a neighbor.
My heart goes out to the whole family...
Susan Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM
We were very sorry to hear of Uncle Mitch passing. Uncle Mitch was a great uncle and fun to be around growing up. Now he is with Aunt Theresa.
Roger and Janice Pfister Mar 6 2020 12:00 AM
The world lost a great man on Saturday. Mitch was like another grandfather to me. I'll never forget as a child riding bikes up to the Kennedy horse shoe courts and Mitch inviting my brother and I over for a pop and to hang out. This evolved eventually into my dad joining the horseshoe club and a bunch of us guys eventually hanging out and playing cards together as I became a teenager and young adult. May he rest in peace now with his late wife and other family members that passed before him. Mitch made a lot of people laugh and I will always remember him!
Frank Koszak Mar 5 2020 12:00 AM
To my dear cousin "Big Mitch", the anchor of the Pavlovich and Klucick families; you will never be forgotten and your humor will live on in the minds all of us that grew up around you. Your attitude toward life and template for living has been permanently stamped on many of us and it will be carried forward. You served your country, family, and community exceptionally well during your last 70, most influentialyears. You faithfully carried out your personal mission to teach and entertain and to impart your philosophies to all around you whether they wanted to listen or not, but always with a smile.
Tom "Klacic" Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM
My stepdad George Pavlovich loved Mitch so much and shared many funny stories about their times growing up in the Rocks. The brothers are all together now, which I hope gives peace to all of us. My condolences to Mike, Janet, and their families.
Jean Rowley Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM
So sorry for you loss. God bless you and your family.
Debbie Buchanan (coworker)
DEBBIE BUCHANAN Mar 2 2020 12:00 AM
My Heart is heavy with the news of Mitch's passing. He was a Light of Life to all who knew him. I loved him dearly. I was introduced by my stepfather, Joe Pazzula. I and my wife were part of many celebrations at Mitch & Teresa's home over the years. I cannot POSSIBLY say how much he meant to me. Mitch, may all the steps of your Journey be lit by ALL the stars of Heaven. Give Teresa a BIG hug & kiss from me!!! AND, may you and Joe raise many glasses of wine together.
George P. Nowack Mar 2 2020 12:00 AM
Uncle Mitch, I am so sorry that the world is now without such an amazingly positive and upbeat personality and light. You were such a huge part of my childhood and I used to look so forward to the big family functions as I knew you would be there to make us all laugh and have the best time together. Rest in Peace. Hope you are having a ball up there in heaven with Aunt Theresa, my dad, Uncle Butch, and Aunt Dorothy, Mick and David, among other family members who all hold such dear places in my heart. Love you bunches and bunches, Uncle Mitch. Until we meet again...Chris Pazzula
Chris Pazzula Mar 2 2020 12:00 AM