Gloria Allene Lorentz Pavuk, 94, of Westminster Place Assisted Living, Oakmont, formerly of Jefferson Hills passed away on Monday, November 13, 2023. Gloria was born November 24, 1928 in Pittsburgh to the late Mabel Redena Slack Lorentz and Amor Smith Michael Lorentz. She had 2 older siblings, Olive Reville (died 2014) and Amor Lorentz (died 2003). She graduated from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA in 1950. Gloria married Peter Pavuk on October 18, 1952; they were happily married for 62 years. Gloria and Pete had 4 children, sons Matthew (deceased 2008) and Mark of Waretown, NJ, and twin daughters Barbara (Perry) Recker of Swissvale and Jean (Bob) Beck of Palm Bay, FL. She also had 6 grandchildren, Julie Pavuk of Oakland, CA, Gloria (Kyle) Engdahl of Racine, WI, Susan (Trevor) Smith of Chalfant, PA, Alice (Kevin) Pawlowski of Aston, PA, Sarah Beck and Abigail Beck of Tampa, FL and great-granddaughter Cambria Smith, of Chalfant, PA. Gloria spent most of her life as a homemaker, raising her 4 children with love, and known for her welcoming home and healthy, delicious cooking. In her later years, she worked briefly as a unit clerk at Jefferson Hospital; used her love of the Spanish language as a substitute Spanish teacher; and greatly enjoyed tutoring foreign-born students in English. She was very active in her church, Wilson Presbyterian, where she volunteered regularly, participated in Bible studies and women’s activities, and sang in the adult choir. She enjoyed reading and traveling; a particularly memorable trip was to Japan in 1983. Gloria was predeceased by husband Peter Pavuk (2015). Family and friends will be received on Friday, November 17, 2023 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place at the funeral home on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at to be followed by interment at Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth, PA. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Wilson Presbyterian Church at 400 North 4th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
“Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of your Master!” (Matthew 25:21, adapted).
Originally published November 14, 2023.