Range Funeral Homes


Barbara Marilyn Pavelich

08/11/1933 - 09/11/2019

Barbara M. Pavelich, 86, passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in Virginia, Minnesota. A private, family service will be held. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Barbara Marilyn Fantelli was born in Virginia, Minnesota on August 11, 1933 to Esther (Flankey) and Joseph Fantelli. She attended Virginia schools. On November 20, 1950, Barb was united in marriage with Frank J. Pavelich. The couple first settled in Gilbert before building their family home on Ely Lake in Eveleth, Minnesota, where they raised their four children.

Barb was an active and long-time member of the Gilbert VFW Auxiliary, where she served as Treasurer. She expressed her love of baking and crafts as a member of the North Shore Homemakers Club of Ely Lake. Barb also sang alto in the Resurrection Catholic Church Choir and bowled in the Virginia Women’s Bowling League.

Barb enjoyed playing in ‘card club’ with her many friends and neighbors. She enjoyed puzzles and game shows; sewing, knitting, and crocheting for her grandchildren; and, making favorite foods, such as pasties and sarmas, for gatherings at the Ely Lake family home.

Barb gave back to her community by delivering Meals-on-Wheels, working for the AEOA grocery shopping assistance program, serving as Cub Scouts den mother, and sitting as an Election Judge in Fayal Township.

Barbara is survived by her children; Frank (Gloria) Pavelich of Fayal Twp., Mary Kay Grahek of Eveleth, Jerry (Julie) Pavelich of Minneapolis, and Peggy (John) Oberstar of Virginia. She is also survived by eight grandchildren; Aaron Grahek, Joe (Gwen) Pavelich, Dan Pavelich, Jeff (Ashley) Pavelich, Matthew (Jenny) Pavelich, Katherine (Stefan) Pavelich, Lisa Oberstar, and Laura (Levi) Krampert; five great-grandchildren; Emma, Xalia, Madison, Joey, and Brooklyn; and by her sister-in-law, Anne Pavelich. She was called “Nana” by many nieces and nephews.

Her parents; her husband, Frank; her sister Joan Brula, and her son-in-law, Bernie Grahek, preceded her in death.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Virginia Carefree Assisted Living community.

Memorial giving can be directed to:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, https://www.stjude.org

American Breast Cancer Foundation, https://www.abcf.org

5 thoughts on “Barbara Marilyn Pavelich”

  1. D. Malteruds says:

    We want to send our deepest sympathies to your family on the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. Our thoughts are with you.

  2. Gina Hunsinger says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a special lady. I have wonderful memories of her. Her card club ladies are now reunited with their beloved Barb. My most sincere sympathies to all of you.

  3. Kathie Irish says:

    On behalf of AEOA, we would like to send our condolences to Barbara’s family.
    Her dedicated volunteer work for AEOA’s Meals on Wheels and Groceries to Go Programs was very much appreciated.

  4. KathyOberstar says:

    Frank & Gloria, MaryKay, Jerry & Julie, John & Peggy,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your mom,grandma, great grandma. She was a lovely lady. She will be missed by all. Giving hugs through email since funeral is private.
    Extending our deepest sympathy to all.
    Kathy & Jim Oberstar

  5. Donna M Meier says:

    So very sorry for your loss. I enjoy seeing her at the VFW spa. nights. She up in heaven playing cards with the rest of the crew ! Sincerely Donna VOSS Meier

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Member of the following associations:

National Funeral Directors Association

National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association

National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association

National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association