Obituary, Thomas M. Pavliga

Thomas M. Pavliga passed away on August 10 at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington after a long illness. He was born on April 12, 1935, in Scranton, PA to Mary (Melish) and Michael Pavliga. The family moved to Ilion, NY in 1945. Tom attended Annunciation School and graduated from Ilion HS in 1953 when he joined the Armed Forces being deployed to Korea.

When he returned, Tom attended LeMoyne College in Syracuse. After graduation, he embarked on his long career as a math teacher at Webutuck Central School in Amenia, NY and coaching his beloved track. After retiring he became a track official in the area. Tom also enjoyed skiing, especially with his nephews. He was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars placing American flags in cemeteries honoring veterans.

Tom is survived by his sister Frances Zwicklbauer and her husband Franz and nieces Liesl (Edward) Gorman and Marianne (Cliff) Belden as well as nephews Franz J. (Kelly) Zwicklbauer and Michael (Marianne) Zwicklbauer and their children.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday September 5, 2023 at St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington, Vermont.  The burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery.   Arrangements are under the care of the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls, NY.

Author: Harlem Valley News