Patricia  Bowman Pavel


Patricia Bowman Pavel, 85, Goshen, died at 9:17 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Goshen Health Hospital.
She was born Nov. 8, 1933, in Shipshewana, to Howard and Mary Gladys (Diley) Bender.
On Sep. 21, 1952, in Shipshewana, she married Dick W. Bowman. He died May 1, 1994.
On Jan. 10, 1998, in Las Vegas, Nevada, she married George Pavel. He survives.
Survivors, in addition to her second husband, are two daughters, Mary (Lad) Letherman, Rebecca McCloughen, both of Goshen; son, Kim Bowman, Fort Wayne; four stepchildren, Georgette (Jeff) Gustin, Pasadena, California, Paul (Tami) Pavel, North Webster, Michele Pavel, Syracuse, Christy (Jamie) Collins, Goshen; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband; parents; two brothers, Dick and Gordon Bender; four sisters, Geraldine Segner, Madelyn Nelson, Natalee Eaton and Florence Loraine Bender.
Patricia loved spending time with her family and playing games with her grandchildren. She loved to play piano, read and do word find puzzles. She enjoyed singing with her sisters and also sang with the Middie Singers for several years. She was a homemaker and served as the church secretary at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where she typed the hymnal in Spanish for Pastor Arbaugh. She was a prior member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, also at the funeral home. Services will be conducted by Pastors Harlan Steffen and Brad Cox.
Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Elkhart County Humane Society.
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Jul 13, 2019
A memorial tree was planted in memory of Patricia Bowman Pavel.  Plant a tree
Doug Bender
Jul 13, 2019
Unfortunately, just found out about Pats passing. our family expresses our heartfelt condolences, we will be giving to the Humane society as well as a tree. We have 4 rescue dogs ourselves and for every tree planted is another spirit of life that will for ever bring shade and comfort to us all. God Bless
Lori Upton
Jul 12, 2019
Rebecca Joy and Mary- I am so sorry I will not be able to give you a hug in person to share my sympathy as I am in Dallas until tomorrow night:-(. My mom will be giving you an extra hug. That is from me!! I am also making a donation to the humane society in honor of your mom. I will be praying for you for a long time! But especially today and tomorrow.

Love, Lori Upton