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Michael Pavelski 03/28/2022

Michael Thomas Pavelski, 56, of River Falls, WI, passed away unexpectedly due to heart failure, on Monday, March 28, 2022. He was born on April 4, 1965 in Eau Claire to Thomas and Jackie Pavelski. He graduated from North High School and completed his training and education in electrical mechanical HVAC, and real estate. Mike worked at the UniRoyal Company in Eau Claire and Alabama, retiring after 20 years. Mike later pursued careers as a HVAC technician, a real estate agent, and was most recently employed with Presbyterian Homes and Services as a Maintenance Technician.
Mike was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, and he loved to golf. Most of all Mike loved teaching and sharing his passion for these hobbies with his two boys, Evan and Spencer. He also enjoyed traveling which included attending and participating in Pokemon tournaments with his family. Mike had an engaging and infectious personality and often went “all in” on everything he did, whomever he did it with.
Mike is survived by his wife, Dawn (Johnson) Pavelski; two sons, Evan and Spencer; step-children, Kelsey and Trevor (Danelle); step-grandchildren, Kaci, Bentley, Knox and Braxton; mother, Jackie Pavelski; sister, Cris (Greg) Frisbey; nephew, Wyatt; dog, Sheila, and many more family and friends. Mike is preceded in death by his father, P. Thomas Pavelski; and his grandparents and great-grandparents.
A special thank you to the community of River Falls, Presbyterian Homes and Services, and our Pokemon family for all your love and support during this time.
A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 2:00PM at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (805 E Division Street) in River Falls with a visitation starting one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Mike’ service.


  • Al Linder Posted March 29, 2022 2:58 pm

    He fished proudly in the Pan Fishing Machine

  • Jennifer Staidl Posted March 31, 2022 7:17 am

    Dawn and family, I am so, so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish I had the words to comfort you. Lean on each other and on God’s perfect love for you. Big hugs!

  • Denise Suckow Posted March 31, 2022 8:44 am

    Dawn, Jackie, Cris and Family’s, so sorry for your loss..

  • Kevin Pavelski Posted March 31, 2022 9:55 am

    Mike was my beloved friend & cousin. Before there was a commercial that said I want to be like Mike, I wanted to be like Mike Pavelski. We grew up playing board games, wresting (I never won), & any sport we could think of. Our friendship lasted throughout our life. We had some amazing times laughing together & a few crying. I know the happiest I saw him was when he told me he was marrying this amazing woman named Dawn & then when he told me about the birth of his sons. His family made him so proud & so happy. I will miss my cousin & my friend. I love him dearly. My heart hurts for the loss that Dawn, Evan, Spencer, Trevor, Kelsey & the grandchildren will endure. I have a tear on my face as I can hear Mike’s booming laugh & see his smile as I am writing this comment. Thank you for all that you have given us Mike & rest in peace.

  • Cyndi Pavelski Posted March 31, 2022 5:47 pm

    Cousin Mike was a constant during my growing up years. I remember hide and seek in the basement on Midway Street, Water skiing on Lake Wasota, swim team practice at the YMCA and digging worms in the back of the house on Star Avenue. I love you Cousin Mike. Dawn, Evan and Spencer my deepest sympathies. May God watch over you and keep you in His loving care. Rest In Peace cousin Mike, you will forever be missed by many.

  • Niki Stern Posted April 1, 2022 9:24 am

    Cousin Mike, thank you for the special moments in time that will always be a part of me. Water skiing at Lake Wasota is a memory that will live on in my heart. What an amazing and remarkable father, husband, son, brother, friend, and cousin. Your kind, caring, loving, devoted, and funny nature will never be forgotten. Sending healing prayers and wishing comfort to all the family and friends. May happy memories help us all deal with our grief during this difficult time. And Mike I still think you look like Garth Brooks!!! Rest in peace Mike.

  • Jeffrey and Roxanne Anderson, Auburn Ga. Posted April 1, 2022 10:35 am

    Dawn and family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Rest in peace Mike.

  • MARSHA/David KRUMP Posted April 1, 2022 5:22 pm

    Dawn, Evan and Spencer,
    Dave and I are so very sorry to hear of Mike’s sudden passing. Our prayers are with you all.

  • Pamela Lovelien Posted April 2, 2022 6:48 am

    So very sorry, my deepest condolences. May God hold you all close, and give you comfort.

  • Geoffrey Pavelski Posted April 2, 2022 10:26 am

    You were where way to young to be gone so soon
    You will be sorely missed. You’re in God’s embracing arms and he will take care of you.

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