Paul Francis Pekarik Jr.

November 26, 1941 ~ August 17, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Paul Pekarik Jr. Obituary

Paul Francis Pekarik, Jr., age 81, of Pottsville, PA passed away Thursday, August 17th,

2023, surrounded by loving family at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown.

Paul is also known to family and friends by many names, including; Paulko,

Chew-tabacca, Paulie and his favorite, Popsy.

Born in Minersville, PA on November 26, 1941, he was the son of the late Paul F. and

Catherine (McClusky) Pekarik.

Paul worked hard as a welder, first at Parish Steel and then for Reading Anthracite until

retirement. He was a member of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in New


Those who knew Paul best will remember him for his welcoming, generous spirit, and

brilliant sense of humor. He always held an open door, a listening ear, a comfortable

chair, a cold drink, and a perfect joke for anyone who needed it, regardless of time and

circumstance, and he brought together people from all walks of life in a loving

community. He left an indelible mark on everyone whose life he touched.

In addition to his parents, he will join in Heaven with his infant son Paul Pekarik (1961)

and son Paul F. Pekarik IV (2019).

Paul is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 63 years, Diane L. (Shollenberger)

Pekarik, Pottsville and three sons, his pride and joy: John "Jack" Pekarik and his wife

Virginia “Ginny”, Christopher "Chris" Pekarik and his wife Kimberly “Kim”, and David

Bobowski and his wife Kim. He is remembered and cherished by five grandchildren,

Molly Fry and her husband Luke, Audrey and Claire Pekarik, and Christopher and

Kaitlyn Pekarik, and a beloved great-granddaughter Eleanor Fry; two sisters, Kathleen

Foran, Kentucky and Louise Webber, Pottsville; a brother John Pekarik, Minersville; and

many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8pm at the Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon, which

will conclude with Paul’s Celebration of Life services at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Services for

Sight, Conyngham, PA.

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Open Viewing
August 22, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home
208 Pike Street
Port Carbon, PA 17965

Celebration of Life
August 22, 2023

7:15 PM
Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home
208 Pike Street
Port Carbon, PA 17965


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