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Anne Marie Pavelek

December 21, 1942 - July 3, 2021

Anne Marie Shefchek Pavelek, age 78, passed into eternity on July 3rd, at Salem Hospital, and entered into the presence of The Lord. 

Anne was born December 21, 1942, to Henry and Mildred Conway Shefchek in Vancouver, WA. By age two Anne lost her father, a naval officer, in World War II. Her mother, brother Paul, and she lived close to extended family in Walnut Grove, WA.  She treasured her family and their life together. At age 16, sorrow came again when Anne’s mother died. From that time, Dick and Jackie Conway, her uncle and aunt, watched over her, while her brother Paul, became her guardian. Anne attended Walnut Grove Elementary School and she graduated from Hudson Bay High School in 1960.  She enjoyed lifelong friendships with a number of her schoolmates. At a party in 1961, she met her future husband, Gerry Pavelek, and they married on April 28, 1962. Anne and Gerry were blessed with four children: Deb, Jim (Michelle), Donna (Mike), and Tom (Allison). Anne lavished her love on her family and was an exceptional homemaker. Later, Anne was delighted to welcome grandchildren Brendan (Caitlin), Larysa, Andrew, Thomas and great-grandchild Elena Claire into the family. Anne had a deep faith in God.  She graduated with top marks from nursing school in 1985 and worked as an RN at Salem Clinic, as well as for the state of Oregon Senior Services, and Children Services. She found deep satisfaction in helping others as a nurse. 

Anne will be remembered for taking particular delight in gatherings with family and friends, whether it be at family reunions, spending time at the coast in Newport, or picnics at the “farm”. She had wide-ranging interests and was an avid reader, talented cook, art and story lover, and she enjoyed the outdoors and travel, especially trips to Ireland, Hawaii, and St. Thomas, VI.  Anne dedicated many hours to food preservation and canning, including delicious homemade pickles and jams, and shared this knowledge with her family.  One of the ways she made holidays special for the family was by making delicious meals. Family favorites included her Swedish Tea Ring for Christmas and her full Irish meal on St. Patrick’s Day complete with butter from Ireland. A family tradition she passed down was sitting together and listening to the 1937 Cinnamon Bear radio series during the Christmas season.  She was a people person, even with increasing difficulties due to her long illness. She reached out to friends and family through daily emails with wittiness and humor.  She savored her connections with people.  At the time of her passing, her bedside Bible was bookmarked at the Psalms in testimony to her special fondness for them.
Anne died peacefully in the presence of her loving family. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother.  Anne is survived by her husband of 59 years, children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, uncle and aunts, nieces, cousins, and many friends. Memorial gifts may be made to Oregon Right to Life, or flowers may be sent to Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Visitation will be at 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 15th at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem. Rosary will be at 9:30 am, followed by the 10:00 am funeral Mass on Friday, July 16th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salem, OR.  Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mt. Angel, OR, followed by a reception at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Mt. Angel, OR.

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Anne, you were quite a lady. Full of joy, incredibly kind and always up for a good laugh. We will miss you. 
Pavelek Family, you are all in or thoughts and prayers. 

My thoughts and prayers are with you Gerry and your family. I lost Paul the end of February so I know what you’re going through. It’s not easy but with God’s help we will make it. Again my prays to all. Geodell (Herberger-Randall) Wilson

Gerry & family Denny & I are continuing to keep you all close in our hearts & in our prayers. My very first companion , best friend,& Sister (more than a first cousin! She was a treasure in my life & a leader when it came to our many adventures! Best if all was the time we finally had together in recent years.I thank God for all of you, her family who love her & for her Love for her Lord who loves her more than we can imagine! With much love, Linda & Denny

Our cousin and next door neighbor and I’m pretty sure with my sister, one of our babysitters along with Grandma Conway. It was a wonderful family we were blessed with. Rest In Peace with our Lord Anne!

Forever treasured are all the adventures Anne and I shared. We became fast friends from the first time we met in 1961 ... through military deployments, birthing children, 'hunting-widow-dom', canning, pickling and freezing whatever, get aways during school hours, Marine Corps celebrations and visiting cemeteries for a little peace and quiet.  Eternal Blessings dear Anne ... and blessings for you Gerry, Debbie, Donna, Jimmy and Tommy. Joan

Our family spent a lot of very fun times with the Pavelek’s in my childhood. When Anne spoke to me, I always felt like she took her time and talked to me in a way that made me feel considered, rather than dismissed or treated as a kid. She had a wonderful laugh and big, beautiful smile…even when she was playing the Scary Train trying to corral us all at bedtime. Love to Gerry, Deb, Jim, Donna and Tom.


I was saddened to learn of Anne's recent passing. Though I did not know her well, I enjoyed visits with her at Serra/Sacred Heart class reunions. I would celebrate her life with family and friends tomorrow, but am in Minnesota with family and friends for a few more weeks. There is a quote from Sojourner Truth that I especially like: " I ain't gonna die, honey. I'm goin home like a shooting star." Blessings!

Anne and I were the 21st Century electronic version of Pen Pals, sharing our individual memories of youthful days and humor of all sorts via emails.  And I will sorely miss that.  But she was a gracious lady, a wonderful wife to Gerry and the mother of a truly special group of sons and daughters, and every time I see one of them smile I will see her in them and be grateful to God for blessing me with her friendship. 

Aunt Anne and is one of those people that come around once in a lifetime. Her infectious smile, gracious spirit, and love for her family will never be forgotten. As my only aunt, her strong family ties and ability to help raise (along with Uncle Gerry of course!) four amazing children turned into amazing adults never ceased to amaze me.
I wish we could have visited more often, but I cherish our recent connection over email. We exchanged stories and pictures of our pets and children. She will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Uncle Gerry, Deb, Jim, Donna and Tom. Much love and hope for comfort and peace to all of you and your families.
Love, Cindy, Bob, Ethan and Lauren

I am so sorry for your loss of Anne.  I worked at First Security Bank with Gerry for several years and was introduced to Anne there.  She was a delightful and lovely person, so very welcoming and warm.  My favorite memory of Anne is when she and Gerry hosted our Commercial Loan Processors at their condo in Newport. I recall Anne as an excellent hostess.  She was so much fun and she worked really hard that day fixing all of us a delicious meal of fried oysters.  It was an event that I have never forgotten.

Again, Gerry and family, I am so sorry for your loss,  May she rest in peace with God in Heaven.  

I considered Anne one of my best friends in the '70's.    We shared many happy and crazy times, especially at the river.  It saddens me to hear of her passing and to have lost track of her.  Love and Peace to her family and many friends.