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Joan Pavlish

December 8, 1931 — March 1, 2020

Joan Pavlish

Graveside service for Joan Pavlish, 88, of Golva, ND will be 4:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2020 at St. John Cemetery in Mandan, ND with Bernie Krebs officiating. Lunch will follow at the Baymont in Mandan.

Joan passed away on March 1, 2020 at St. Benedict's Heath Center in Dickinson, ND.

Joan Marilyn was born on December 8, 1931 in Mandan, the daughter of James W. and Clementine (Staudinger) Suchy. As a young girl she attended school at Little Heart #2 south of Mandan through the fifth grade. St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Mandan was where she attended six through eighth grade before going to high school and graduating from Mandan High. Joan became the bride of George Pavlish on October 14, 1952. The couple was blessed with five children, Marilynn, Gregg, Stephanie, Mary and Nancy. Joan was a wife, homemaker, worked in a cannery, was a waitress, salesclerk, veterinarian assistant and worked as a CNA in a nursing home. Having spent the past 37 years in Golva, Joan spent many years making her home across North Dakota and the west coast. Joan lived in Medora, Gladstone, Dickinson, Solen, Beach, Strasburg and finally Golva, North Dakota for the last 37 years. Outside of North Dakota, Joan lived in Stayton, Echo and Glide Oregon, Plentywood and Caryle Montana, White Swan, Washington and Chadron, Nebraska. Joan was a faith-filled woman, inspiring many throughout her life. She enjoyed her animals, gardening, flowers (especially Pansies, Russian Lilacs, Wild orange- yellow Poppies, and Bachelor Buttons), drawing in charcoal, walking and running her dogs, reading and embroidery. Joan also found pleasure in cleaning, cooking (her fried chicken was the best) and baking, especially doughnuts, fry bread and kolaches. Her family meant the world to her and she will be missed deeply.

Joan is survived by her children, Marilynn (Bunky) Nistler of Beach, Gregg (Sonja) Pavlish of Wichita, KS, Stephanie Pavlish Edmundson of Bismarck, Mary (Robert) Nistler of Golva, Nancy Pavlish of Monument, CO; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Dolores Sneider of Fort Collins, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Clementine Suchy; husband, George (2000); son-in-law, Edward Nistler; four sisters, Marian Suchy, Doreen Brown, Claudia Adams and Gloria Headrick.
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Friday, June 26, 2020

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St. John's Cemetery - Mandan

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