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Michael Pavlisin

d. December 26, 2018

Michael Pavlisin, EdD, age 88, of Cantrall, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.

Michael was born November 8, 1930 in Frontier, WY, the son of John and Anna (Dsoganik) Pavlisin.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; children, Michael (Michele) Pavlisin, James (Pennie) Pavlisin, Lisa (Jim) McKee; grandchildren, Alex Pavlisin, Emily Pavlisin, Audrey Pavlisin, Faith Pavlisin, Jack Pavlisin, Hannah Pavlisin, Sarah Pavlisin, Patrick McKee, and Carolyn McKee.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, George, John and Frank Pavlisin.

Michael held positions as Associate Dean at Robert Morris College, Director of Capital Area Small Business Development Center at Lincoln Land Community College, and Visiting Professor in the Management Department at University of Illinois at Springfield.

His career included management positions at Sangamo Electric, Emerson Electric, and IBM.  He directed the State of Illinois Energy Efficient Procurement Program and retired as Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until time of funeral services at 12:30 PM on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  Burial will be held immediately after at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.

Rev. Paulette Cott will be officiating.


  1. Jim, Pennie and family,
    We are thinking of you during this time. Please accept our deepest condolences and know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    We love you,
    Monty and Beverly Barham

  2. My dear friend Peggy, you and your family have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Michael. You are often fondly in my thoughts and prayers and will remain especially so in the days ahead. Love, Mary

  3. Peggy: Marie Giacomelli just reached me in Florida after looking for my cell phone number for several days. We are sorry to learn of your loss and are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Randy and Sue Reichert

  4. Peggy: Marie Giacomelli just reached me with the news of your loss. She had trouble finding my cell phone number and we weren’t answering our land line because we are in Florida and will be unable to attend visitation or services. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. Randy and Sue Reichert

  5. Sad to hear of Michael Pavlisin’s passing. He was a very Happy, Kind, and Polite person, with a Smile that lit up a room. In the short time I sat with him, I knew he was a good man. To his family, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

    Hospital Caregiver,

  6. Dear Dr. Pavlisin,
    I am so sorry about the loss of your husband. I only just saw the obituary this afternoon. I know how this hurts. I do think of you often as your were my favorite instructor at college (through all 15 years of it). You are a strong woman. Your husband sounds like he was a very fine man.

    It is a beautiful hole that our loved ones leave us to carry on and fill and it hurts.
    I miss you and your encouraging words.
    Love, Lisa

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