Catholic 02

John J. Pavidus

June 21, 1937 ~ November 9, 2020 (age 83)


John J. Pavidus, 83, of Exeter, passed away on Monday November 9, 2020 at the Geisinger Residential Hospice, Wilkes-Barre.

Born June 21, 1937, in Wyoming, John was the son of the late John Sr. and Josephine Klimaszewski Pavidus.

He was a member of St. Barbara Parish at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Exeter.

Following attendance at Exeter High School, John served in the United States Navy for 2 years. He was a volunteer with the Exeter Ambulance Association and a member of Exeter Hose Co. # 1.
Prior to his retirement, he worked at the Luzerne County Sheriff's Department, achieving the rank of Captain.

 He was an excellent cook and expert mushroom picker.  Our Christmas Eve mushroom soup tradition will continue because he thankfully passed along his skill to his son and son-in-law.

In his younger years, John loved to dance, and on Sunday mornings Polka music could be heard throughout the neighborhood.

He was preceded in death by his brother Daniel, sisters Bernadine Petroff and Florence Biagiotti, and great grandchildren Laura and Joseph.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Elaine ( Zavada) Pavidus;  children , Maureen and her husband Robert Dovin,  Andrea and her husband Thomas Kyttle, JoEllen and her husband Gerald Turner, all of Exeter, John Michael and his wife Cindy, Swoyersville, grandchildren, Brian and Eric Dovin, Valerie and Robert Shrey, Justina Kleman, Jon Tyler and Ryan Pavidus, six great grandchildren,  sister, Mary Darling, Dallas,  brother Joseph Pavidus and his wife Burma, Norristown, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday from 4-7pm at the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, LLC , 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. In keeping with federal and state guidelines arising from the Covid-19  virus, facial coverings and social distancing will be observed

Military honors will be accorded by the AmVets Honor Guard Friday morning at 9am from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9:30am at St. Barbara Parish at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 224 Memorial St., Exeter. The Rev. Paul McDonnell, will be celebrant.

Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Cedar St., Exeter.

The family would like to extend a  special thank you to Dr. Radzwilka, the Veteran's Hospital and the 6th floor nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for their  wonderful care and compassion given to John.

In lieu of flowers, memorial  contributions may be made to Social Concerns  and Outreach at St. Barbara Parish.
To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John J. Pavidus, please visit our floral store.


November 12, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gubbiotti Funeral Home, LLC.
1030 Wyoming Avenue
Exeter, PA 18643

Military Honors
November 13, 2020

9:00 AM
St. Anthony of Padua Church (St. Barbara Parish, Exeter)

November 13, 2020

11:00 AM
St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Cedar St, Exeter

© 2021 Gubbiotti Funeral Home, LLC.. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy