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Andrey "Andy" Pavlisin Sr., 81, a maintenance manager who also worked as a commercial artist, designer and coal miner, died Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2001) in his home surrounded by his family. He was a patient of Niagara Hospice.

He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and was a high school graduate. He attended schools in Europe and Windber, Pa., moving there in 1929. He also received training to become a commercial artist while in Windber.

Pavlisin worked as a miner for Berwind Coal Mining Co. in Windber for 16 years. He then became a commercial artist for five years in Windber and for five years in Niagara Falls, where he moved in 1955. While a member of Niagara Falls Laborers Local 91, he designed a drill bit for Bates & Rogers, a construction firm working on the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston.

In 1969, he moved to Maple Heights, Ohio, where he was a member of Laborers Local 310. He then became the maintenance manager for 20 years at Lee 6000, a housing complex in Maple Heights.

He retired in March 2000 and moved to Sanborn the next month. He returned to Niagara Falls last April.

A devoted Bible reader, Pavlisin also enjoyed painting and gardening.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, F. Ruth Newcomer Pavlisin; a daughter, E. Ruth O'Donnell of Niagara Falls; three sons, Andrey Jr. of Orwell, Ohio, Robert of Niagara Falls and Kenneth J. of Ashtabula, Ohio; five sisters, Mary Manges of Bradenton, Fla., Molly Powell of Chesterland, Ohio, Elsie McElhaney of Windber, Helen Vekich of Barker and Margaret Miano of North Tonawanda; two brothers, Richard and David, both of Mentor, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Otto Redanz Funeral Home, 2215 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be in Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston.

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